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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?

        Library-Specific Issues

        The Case for 3-D Printing and Libraries

        Conclusion

        Notes

 

Chapter 2 - The Types of 3-D Printing

        Fused Deposition Modeling Printing

        Stereolithography

        Selective Laser Sintering

        Laminated Object Manufacturing

        Other 3-D Printing Types

 

Chapter 3 - Types of Plastics

        ABS

        PLA

        Other Plastics

        Notes

 

Chapter 4 - Creating and Printing Files

        File Formats

        Design Software

        3-D Scanning

        Operational Software

 

Chapter 5 - 3-D Printers

        MakerBot

        LulzBot

        Pintrbot

        Solidoodle

        SeeMeCNC Rostock Max and Orion

        Hyrel 3D

        Cubify

        Formlabs

        Old World Laboratories

        Mcor

Jason Griffey

Jason Griffey is a librarian and technologist, and the founder and principal at Evenly Distributed, a technology consulting and creation firm for libraries, museums, educational institutions, and other nonprofits. Griffey is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and was formerly an associate professor and Head of Library Information Technology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2009, Griffey 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 was a winner of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries in 2014 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.

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