You can’t afford your own 3D printer, or are too timid to jump into the hardware to build one from a kit. You don’t want to use a 3D print service because you don’t quite understand what it’s all about. What do you do?
The Chicago Public Library revealed in June that it was opening a maker space at its Harold Washington Library Center. The space officially opened on July 8, but we now only just got a good look at the kind of hardware the city will be using. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Harold Washington Library bought three MakerBot Replicator 2s .
Yesterday The University of the West of England became the first academic library in the UK to offer 3D printing to its students thanks to the donation of a 3DTouch from 3D Systems. The printer is in the main foyer and available for all students to use. Iain Major made the hand-over to Drew Batchelor (Programme Leader & Senior Lecturer in Creative Product Design) and Jon Hallet (Library IT Manager) at a ceremony attended by dozens of interested students who had heard about the donation in advance and who came along to find out more about how to get involved.
Citing its Terms of Service, MakerBot has removed designs for AR15 and other weapon components from its 3D printing file library. [Read more] Follow this link: MakerBot purges 3D printable gun parts from Thingiverse http://puregreencoffee.org
On 3D Printing is covering a seemingly heated debate among librarians over whether to bring 3D printing to the masses through libraries.
Not to be bested by their Oceanic neighbors , Australia now boasts a community digital fabrication shop of its own. Core77 forum member sanjy009 recently posted a news item about the Innovation Lab at a public library in Adelaide, officially opened by Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood just three weeks ago.
Joseph DeRisi and his team at UCSF’s DeRisi Lab are out to save creatures great and small. In 2003, a virus-identification tool that DeRisi invented, built and programmed helped stop the SARS outbreak on the brink of pandemic. Since then, the lab has advanced the fight against viruses in honey bees and malaria in humans.