Jason Griffey is a librarian, technologist, consultant, writer, and speaker. He is the founder and principal at Evenly Distributed, a technology consulting and creation firm for libraries, museums, educational institutions, and other nonprofits. Griffey is an Affiliate researcher at metaLAB at Harvard University, and a former Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He was a winner of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries in 2015 for the Measure the Future project, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. Griffey is also the creator and director of the LibraryBox Project, an open-source portable digital file distribution system. 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.
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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?
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
Chapter 4 - Creating and Printing Files
Chapter 5 - 3-D Printers
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