Brandon library 3D printer available to; workshop required

11:01 p.m. CDT September 19, 2014

It’s no secret that technology is causing libraries to adapt – from the use of eReaders and libraries offering digital books for download, to the use of computers and the World Wide Web, to now 3D printing.

The Brandon Public Library has a 3D Printer available for public use. 3D Printers let you print a wide variety of three-dimensional (3D) objects, such as jewelry, home appliance parts, toys, phone accessories and anything else you can imagine. Design your own or download ready-to-print designs from websites such as Thingiverse.

With its recent increase in popularity, you may have read somewhere or heard about 3D printing on TV. This new technology is already being incorporated in industry and in the medical field for prosthetics or for knee and hip replacements. “For about five bucks of plastic and another five bucks of wire and screws, you can actually build a functional hand using 3D technology” states Dan Freedman, the dean of the science and engineering department at the state University of New York at New Paltz. 3D printing is described as “endless and can be life changing.” To fully understand its potential, we need to know and learn about the technology. And what better place to do that than the library.

To help people who are interested in learning about 3D printing, the Brandon Public Library is offering workshops you must first attend. The workshop will teach the basics in design and getting started. Upcoming workshops are on Fridays including at 6 p.m. on Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 10 and Oct. 24, with more to come as needed.

The workshops are limited to 15 persons maximum, and registration is required. To sign up, stop in at the library located at 117 E. Main St., Brandon or call them at (920) 346-2350 or email them at ross@brandonlibrary.net or Like them on Facebook ‘Brandon Library.’ Following the workshop, attendees will be able to start designing, creating, downloading and signing up for a time to print their creations.

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