MakerSpace | 3D Printers
Video tour of 3D printing in the Maker Space (April 2013):
What is a 3D printer?
The 3-D printer uses melted plastic to produce objects designed on a computer.
Some people want to see a 3D printer in action, and others wish to be more involved. Select the category below that fits your needs.
How can I view the 3D Printer in action?
Check the online calendar for the current schedule of 3D printer coaches. Visit the Library at any of the listed times, and unless there has been an unexpected cancellation by one of our volunteers, you can see the 3D printer in action.
How do I learn about the 3D Printer?
Check the online calendar for the current schedule of 3D printer coaches. The majority of these coaches are volunteers. Something is always going on at these times.
The 3D printer can be used with basic knowledge of Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD).
Creating your own design requires an advanced knowledge of 3D modeling software products, like Sketchup, Blender, Maya or Tinkercad. Currently we recommend that you view the video tutorials that accompany the CAD programs.
How do I get to use the 3D printer?
At this time we have 3 3D printers and the public's demand for use is growing. This process will help to ensure that those wanting to use the printer at least one time, will have the opportunity.
While we make every effort to schedule as soon as possible, please ask for a time at least 48 hours in advance.
To schedule an appointment with a 3D printer coach for training, please check the online calendar for the current schedule of 3D printer coaches. The majority of these coaches are volunteers. Please select at least 2 days and times that you are able to come for training and send an email to wlmakerspacereservations [at] gmail [dot] com (subject: 3D%20printer%20Information%20or%20Appointment) for an appointment. (In most cases TWO 1 hour training sessions are required. Once the coach feels you are aware of how the 3D printer functions and how to solve problems when they occur, you can schedule a 2 hour session on the printer while a coach is there. Future times will be dependent upon the availability of printers.)
Cost: Westport residents do not pay to use 3D printing services. Non-residents pay $10 an hour for the training (2 sessions on different days are required). Non-residents pay $20 an hour to use the 3D printers, and may book in 2-hour blocks.
Teen volunteers make a 3D printer called a Printrbot Jr.
An Introduction to our 3D printer...
Resources for 3D Printers
A video to see the many possibilities of 3-D printing!
A listing of websites relevant to 3-D printing including companies, online services, 3-D modeling software, etc.
The DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno is the first academic library in the United States to make the leap to offer 3D printing and scanning as a library service to all students as of July 2012.
Rimmer, Matthew. “Creation and copyright law: the case of 3D printing .” Conversation, November 8, 2012.
This discusses the impact of intellectual property laws on 3D printing.
A comparison of 3-D printers on the market from the Makershed Dec. 2012.
All participants are asked to sign a waiver form before working in the Maker Space. The forms are at the Reference Desk, or can be downloaded below.