Making, creating, and learning at the library
The library has had a 3D printer for more than two years.
Our staff has had fun teaching children and adults to use this high-tech machine, and some users have shown the team a thing or two as well.
A common question we get is, "Why does the library have a 3D printer?"
True to our mission, we strive to:
· Provide equal access to shared resources, including modern technology that most people cannot afford,
· Offer all members of our community opportunities to learn about new technologies and stay abreast of current topics; and
· Play a decisive role in economic development and innovation in our community.
Recently, the principal owner of BrightFingers, Istvan Szent-Miklosy, visited our library searching for help in the development of the company’s new product, a learning system to teach typing skills.
Istvan needed to test various designs of a critical piece for the product that points a computer's camera towards the keyboard to help the software analyze in real time a person's typing accuracy.
The library's 3D printer provided the perfect tool to test, prototype, and refine the model before going into full production.
A dedicated space for creating, tinkering, and learning in our new library building will provide more resources for our community to play, build, and experiment.
We envision this new space as a lab where more local entrepreneurs, makers, and a variety of learners can come together to ideate and test.
And watch a video of the software in action!