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Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers

“Visit the downtown branch of the Chattanooga Public Library and you’ll find the usual stuff: rows of books, magazines, and computers. But walk up to the fourth floor and there’s something unexpected. It’s a “makerspace”—complete with a laser cutter, a zine lab for making paper publications, and a 3-D printer. There’s even a loom.” (via WIRED)

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SMITHSONIAN MAKES PUSH IN 3D IMAGING OF ARTIFACTS

“With most of its 137 million objects kept behind the scenes or in a faraway museum, the Smithsonian Institution is launching a new 3D scanning and printing initiative to make more of its massive collection accessible to schools, researchers and the public worldwide. A small team has begun creating 3D models of some key objects that represent the breadth of the collection at the world’s largest museum complex. Some of the first 3D scans include the Wright brothers’ first airplane, Amelia Earhart’s flight suit, casts of President Abraham Lincoln’s face during the Civil War and a Revolutionary War gunboat. Less familiar objects include a former slave’s horn, a missionary’s gun from the 1800s and a woolly mammoth fossil from the Ice Age. They are pieces of history some people may hear about but rarely see or touch.” (via The Associated Press)

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Library expands campus access to 3D printers

“The 3D Lab, part of the University of Michigan Library’s Digital Media Commons on north campus, is expanding campus access to 3D printers thanks to a grant from the university’s Third Century Initiative. Six Cube printers currently reside in the 3D Lab, located in the Duderstadt Center, along with free material, tutorials, and support for those ready to experiment. In the next few weeks, the Cube printers will relocate to other spaces around the Duderstadt Center, and early next year they will be made available on central campus.” (via University of Michigan)

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3-D printing: Public libraries’ latest step into the digital world

“You never know when you’ll need a 3-D printer. They can cost anywhere from $400 to $25,000, which is a bit much if you’re trying to “print” (somehow, that seems like the wrong verb) a plastic cookie-cutter you’ve downloaded off the Internet or a kids’ toy, two popular uses. But if you live in Washington, D.C., or Cleveland, you can stop by your local public library and use one for a small fee.” (via latimes.com)

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Sacramento library adds 3-D copier to its bag of tricks

“A whirring, mechanical sound fills the air inside a basement office of the Sacramento Public Library’s main branch. It’s the steely and determined sound of the MakerBot Replicator II – a 3-D copier – in the process of making a chain link bracelet. In about 10 minutes, the machine, roughly the size of a large microwave oven, produced three chain links from a design that was uploaded from a digital file.” (via The Sacramento Bee)

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