Goodwood Library Offering 3-D Printing Services

Goodwood Library Offering 3-D Printing Services
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POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 4:33pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:16am

If you've ever wanted to take one of your ideas from paper to a 3-D model you can at the Baton Rouge Library. As NBC 33's Rachael Penton found out , their new 3-D printer is taking Baton Rouge by storm.

It looks like something far ahead of our time.

"The first question I usually get is how does it work?" says Makerspace Technology Enginner Michael Brandyberry.

But at the Goodwood library branch, the future has arrived.

"You can make it out of something that's in your own head instead of just on a piece of paper or a video."

The library has been showing off its 3-d printer at events for about a year now, but they just began accepting printing requests from library patrons a few months ago.

"Stretchlets and bracelets and little cute creatures and pencil holders and we're getting stuff that I can imagine is pretty high tech. Drone bodies for little 3-D printing quad-copters."

So far, the technology has been a hit, with a waiting list of about two weeks.

"They kept submitting more art, more objects and it's all we can do to keep up with it now."

The printer works like a high tech hot glue gun. A spool of plastic fiber is fed into tubes inside the machine. Temperatures of more than 400 degrees fahrenheit turn the fiber into molten plastic.

"Even in that short space it leaves the nozzle and touches the next layer it solidifies, allowing the layers to stick."

The layers build on each other until an object is formed. Today the machine is printing a lantern, which will take about 9 hours to complete.

"The piece that's starting is this one right here. Which you'll be able to put a little tea candle in it and you can see it already has the tabs factored into it so when the top is done you can hang it from the ceiling."

Brandyberry says that while the printer is highly useful for some and a lot of fun for others...it's teaching all of its users some valuable lessons- layer by layer.

"Kids come in and they start off wanting a toy without realizing that they're applying math and science and sort of an engineering skill set to get that toy they want and then that morphs into oh well part of the toy broke. I don't have to throw it out. I can make another one and we really like that it's changing the ideas of people. They can fix things on their own and start to be more creative and come up with the things that they actually want."

Anyone with an East Baton Rouge Parish library card can have an object printed. The library charges ten cents per gram- that'll cost you anywhere from just a few bucks to about twenty dollars depending on the object. The library plans to begin offering 3-D printing classes sometime in the next few months. 

For more information visit their website: http://ebrpl.libguides.com/content.php?pid=478905&sid=3923275 
  

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