By Sara Russell Gonzalez, Denise Beaubien Bennett
Making plans and imposing a 3D printing provider in a library could seem like a frightening job. established upon the authors event as early adopters of 3D know-how and working a profitable 3D printing carrier at a wide educational library, this advisor offers the stairs to stick to whilst launching a provider in any form of library.
Detailed tips and over 50 photographs supply readers with sage counsel and certain directions on:
• making plans an offer
• printer choice advice
• getting ready the site
• addressing employees issues for brand new carrier
• constructing provider workflows and techniques
• dealing with inevitable mess ups .developing regulations
• carrying out the reference interview for 3D printing .staff education assistance
• outreach actions
This publication brings into one position the entire suggestions you wish for constructing and enforcing a 3D printing provider in any library."
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Additional info for 3D Printing: A Practical Guide for Librarians
3D printers vary widely in physical size and weight, from floor-size models to portable printers that are similar in dimension to a toaster oven. 78" and weighs less than 11 lbs. This is in contrast to Stratasys’ UPrint SE+ with two material bays that has a much larger footprint of 25 × 26 × 37" and weighs 206 lbs. You will need to identify a flat surface capable of holding the printer’s weight along with space to hold tools and other equipment. The physical size and weight are a factor when determining where in the library to locate your printer and when assessing portability if the printer will travel to classes or workshops.
The most common file formats for 3D printer slicing software are the STL and OBJ formats. The acronym STL is defined in different places as “STereoLithographic,” “Standard Tessellation Language,” and “Standard Triangle Language” (Grimm, 2004). 1). The object (OBJ) file format is also considered a universal 3D file format and describes 3D models using polygons (Singh, 2015). 1 lists some of the most common file extensions along with their associated software. Knowing what software a patron used to create the model can help library staff debug errors in the model or suggest alternate software to convert the file to a more standard type.
Com (2014) provides a conversation on making your own filament. At the present time, given the low cost of filament and the time and labor it takes to extrude a one-kilogram spool, making your own filament is likely not a desirable option for most libraries. The dream of accepting recyclables to convert to usable filament isn’t a reality yet. You or your patrons may find other uses for your filament scraps. They can be melted down and poured into solid molds, or used to “glue” or repair other 3D printed parts that didn’t turn out as expected.