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3-D Printers for Libraries
Jason Griffey
Item Number: 978-0-8389-5930-5
Publisher: ALA TechSource
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Library Technology Reports, July 2014 (50:5)

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32 pages
8.5" x 11"
Year Published: 2014

As the maker movement continues to grow and 3-D printers become more affordable, an expanding group of hobbyists is keen to explore this new technology. In the time-honored tradition of introducing new technologies, many libraries are considering purchasing a 3-D printer. Jason Griffey, an early enthusiast of 3-D printing, has researched the marketplace and seen several systems first hand at the Consumer Electronics Show. In this report he introduces readers to the 3-D printing marketplace, covering such topics as

  • How fused deposition modeling (FDM) printing work
  • Basic terminology such as build plate, spool, nozzle hot end, direct extruder, and Bowden extruder
  • Plastics used, such as ABS, PLA, and others
  • Descriptions, price ranges, and filament specs for 3-D printers from MakerBot, Printrbot, Solidoodle, and other manufacturers
  • Suggested staff skills for performing basic maintenance tasks
  • Where to find both ready-to-use designs and the software for customizing, from beginning to advanced systems


Chapter 1 - Introduction
What is 3-D Printing?
Library-Specific Issues
The Case for 3-D Printing and Libraries

Chapter 2 - The Types of 3-D Printing
Fused Deposition Modeling Printing
Selective Laser Sintering
Laminated Object Manufacturing
Other 3-D Printing Types

Chapter 3 - Types of Plastics
Other Plastics

Chapter 4 - Creating and Printing Files
File Formats
Design Software
3-D Scanning
Operational Software

Chapter 5 - 3-D Printers
SeeMeCNC Rostock Max and Orion
Hyrel 3D
Old World Laboratories

About the Author

Jason Griffey is the founder and principal consultant at Evenly Distributed, a technology consulting firm for libraries and education. He has written extensively on libraries and technology, most recently a chapter in The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know: A LITA Guide. His previous book, Mobile Technology and Libraries, is a part of the award-winning Tech Set series. Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2009, he has written and spoken internationally on topics such as the future of technology and libraries, personal electronics in the library, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. He is the designer and director of The LibraryBox Project, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

About Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.


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