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666 ABC Canberra By Hannah Walmsley
Posted January 13, 2016 15:17:43
Photo: Libraries ACT digital technician Shruti Navathe says the public demand for knowledge around 3D printing has grown rapidly. (666 Canberra: Clarissa Thorpe)
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A expanding number of Canberra adults are turning to ACT libraries to understand 3D printing technology.
What is 3D printing?
Allows objects to be created using a computer, software and a 3D printerThe printer builds the object up layer by layerLiving cells can be printed using bio-ink to build tissue and organsThe technology has in addition been utilized to create buildings and even guns
Libraries ACT digital technician Shruti Navathe said the hands-on courses had experienced a recent surge in popularity.
3D printing is a type of manufacturing which allows for three-dimensional objects to be created using a computer, software and a 3D printer.
The technology is being utilized to produce toys, car parts, prosthetic limbs and even self-replicating 3D printing devices.
Biotechnology firms use 3D printing to print animal cells, reproduce nerves, muscles and bones.
While the technology is decades-old, Ms Navathe said the community’s desire to understand the system had grown since the technology had become publicly accessible.
“The last few years have shown how useful 3D printing can be for education,” she said.
“The technology is now utilized in schools and in public libraries to commence the thought to a much wider audience.”
Photo: Libraries ACT use a tiny 3D printer to demonstrate the printing system to course participants. (666 ABC Canberra: Clarissa Thorpe)
Ms Navathe said library staff utilized biodegradable plastics in workshops to demonstrate the technology.
“There are a range of exception materials which can be utilized in 3D printing,” she said.
“You can print using a variety of plastics, ceramics, titanium and an huge range of other materials — the sky is the limit.”
Photo: Using biodegradable plastics, the tiny 3D printer extrudes the melted material along programmed coordinates. (666 ABC Canberra: Clarissa Thorpe)
While 3D printing devices come in a range of sizes, Libraries ACT operates tiny printing devices sizeable adequate to produce plastic children’s toys.
“The printing devices we have in the library use a spool of plastic which is and so heated up to its melting point and and so extruded,” Ms Navathe said.
“The printer pushes melted plastic out along certain coordinates to build the desired shape.
“I’ve seen tiny 3D printing devices which sit on your computer and build jewellery.”
The ACT Library Service runs a series of workshops each month. Bookings can be created by contacting the library.
Photo: Libraries ACT demonstrates the printing system for course participants, producing tiny 3D plastic objects. (Supplied: Libraries ACT)
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