Wellington Public Library receives grant for 3D printer

first_imgWellington Public Library Director Jo Plumb presents the 3D printer the only one of its kind in south-central Kansas.by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Public Library patrons are now able to print 3D projects – the latest in printing technology.Library Director Jo Plumb received training for the Tinkerine 3D printer in Hutchinson on May 10, when the printer was brought to Wellington. Purchase for the printer was made possible with a $2,000 grant from the State Library of Kansas and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.“Wellington was one of seven libraries in the state to receive a 3D printer, as selected by the library system,” Plumb said. “Wellington was chosen as the library in South Central Kansas to receive one.”Plumb completed an all day training through ESSDACK, who does educational training and teaches STEM projects. Her training was paid for by the state.An image being printed by new 3D printer.Patrons will be charged for materials with projects starting at $1 each. The environmentally friendly PLA fillament costs 20 cents per gram. The printer requires special software and is very quiet when in use.“I was amazed at how quiet it is,” Plumb said.Library staff will be available to help patrons find projects online to print, or they can bring their own projects in on a SD card. Projects must be saved in STL or OBJ format, and have OS compatibility with Windows and Mac. Tinkerine Suite is the software used to print the projects. Patrons will be allowed to print projects with library staff assistance. The printer is a user friendly model.Projects can take minutes or hours to print, depending on size and detail, and it prints at 230 degrees Celsius.Car printed with 3D printer.“This car took 2 1/2 hours to print, and a mustache takes 17 minutes,” Plumb said.As part of the grant’s requirements, the 3D printer had to be made available to the public, and they must keep statistics for the state.Shown on KAKE Channel 10 recently was a segment about 3D printers and how they will soon be part of the curriculum at West High.“3D printers will soon be part of the classroom,” Plumb said.The library plans to utilize the printer during the summer reading program.“I am hoping that the kids really get into it,” Plumb said.Specifics are still being ironed out, but public demonstrations will take place on June 1-2 during regular library hours.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Jodie B. · 217 weeks ago Cool! Way to go library! Trying to think of something I need printed in 3-D. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 217 weeks ago Can this thing print city managers? Report Reply 1 reply · active 217 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 217 weeks ago Yes, but they would likely be non-aggressive, therefore, useless. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img


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