Monday, November 17, 2014

Hillsboro Public Library goes 3-D

The Friends of the Hillsboro Public Library recently funded the purchase of a 3D printer as another tool in the Library for people to explore creative possibilities, and as an introduction to this fascinating and useful technology.

Over the last few years, there has been an explosion of interest in 3D printing in libraries, due in part to the falling cost of the technology, and the new collaborative labs and makerspaces that are springing up in libraries all over the country. 

“3D printing is an emerging and constantly evolving technology, and people are definitely curious about how they work and what they can do. Anything you can dream up and design can be brought to life by one of these printers,” said Brendan Lax, Reader Services Librarian.

The Hillsboro Public Library is excited to explore the capabilities of their new UP Mini 3-D printer with the public, and will be holding an open house on two dates to allow attendees to see how the 3-D printer works and to ask questions:

November 17, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Hillsboro Main Library
December 3, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Shute Park Branch Library

The UP Mini printer can print objects up to dimensions of 4.5” x 4.5” x 4.5”. Given the time it takes to complete printing, library staff are developing a plan as to how best to provide access to patrons, as well as gauge interest and demand. Plans at this time include offering weekly 3D printing labs by early next year to help patrons design and print their projects.