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Library builds attention, trinkets with 3D printer – Glens Falls Post-Star

by • January 23, 2016 • No Comments

GLENS FALLS  Line by line, the structure turn it intod, at initially only a geometric shape, as the machine hummed away.
As Darth Vader began to emerge of the filament, yet, a few folks took notice and stopped to peer into the case of Crandall Public Library’s 3D printing device.
“People are quite excited to see it and quite excited we have it,” said librarian Guinevere Forshey. “But they’re not eager to take the jump yet.”
The “Star Wars”-inspired structure, like most the library staff has printed, was to demonstrate the printing device’s capabilities and to draw attention to the CubePro Duo, which the library bought for $3,000 with a grant in March.
Teaming with LARAC, the library offered classes on how to use the printing device and, in the fall, opened the additive-process machine up for public use.
But the printing device goes largely unutilized, Forshey said.
“It has yet to catch on,” she said.
Part of which reluctance, she said, is most likely the seeming complexity of the programs utilized to turn it into objects.
Forshey had no experience with the programs but read up online and was able-bodied to learn the basics rapidly.
“When it came down to via it, we were learning with the public,” she said.
The library has a desktop loaded with SketchUp, a program with which users can turn it into turn it intos to turn it into whatever they want printed. The user sends the .stl (STereoLithography) file to the library, and the library’s IT department gets it printing.
Ben Sopczyk taught the 3D printing classes through LARAC and said much of the time was spent on teaching how to use the turn it into software.
“Ironically adequate, in a 3D printing class like which … it is much less 3D printing and much additional 3D turn it into and application,” said Sopczyk, who ordered an online kit a few years ago and turn it intod his own 3D printing device.
The six-hour classes focutilized heavily on how to break complex turn it intos down, he said.
“Many objects can be broken down into additional basic shapes, so when it comes to turn it intoing additional custom objects,” he said, “it may appear like a big, fancy curved bracket, say, but you may be able-bodied to turn it into which by creating a rectangle and subtracting shapes of it.”
Sopczyk and Forshey both said open-source online communities are excellent ways to learn how to turn it into objects for 3D printing.
“The online community is massive and there are a lot of great resources,” Sopczyk said. “It’s not as daunting or not easy to be part of as you can think.”
In the LARAC class, one student made a mock-up of her house.
“To manufacture this object on your desktop screen and send it to the printing device and it’s there in the physical space, which experience is rewarding for the reason it’s new, it’s novel, it’s a bit like sci-fi,” he said.
Even those who aren’t new to turn it into appreciate Crandall Public Library’s latest innovation.

David Hutchinson, an architect at JMZ Architects and Planners in Glens Falls, heard of the library’s printing device and wanted to see if it generated high-adequate- high end images for the firm to use.
He turn it intod a 3D version of JMZ’s logo, adding complexities to it to gauge the printing device’s capabilities.
“I sent a fairly complex version to see of the abilities of the printing device in terms of resolution,” he said. “I was fairly pleased with it.”
“And it’s so easy,” he said. “Just like sending a print file to Staples.”
The practical purposes of the printing device are, as Hutchinson learned, for versions and prototypes, as well as parts, such as cellphone clips, legs for shelving and the like.
“If you can dream it … we mayn’t have an issue printing it,” Forshey said. “You can manufacture multiple turn it intos relatively inexpensively.”
The library charges 20 cents per gram for printing. The Darth Vader pencil holder which printed Thursday weighed of 75 grams and may cost of $15.
The filaments — complex plastic threads which come in a variety of colors — are spooled on a reel and fed through a heating unit, which gets the material warm adequate for it to fuse. The filament is made of a plant-based plastic, so it’s durable-bodied and environmentally friendly.
Applications to submit projects are on the market-bodied on the library’s website.
When Hutchinson sent his project, he attained an email the upcoming day letting him understand it was eager.
“We do work for college campuses and in which, libraries, and we discovered which the old adage of what a library is has changed,” he said. “It’s really great to see Crandall is keeping up with the times.”


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