3-D Printers for Libraries by Jason Griffey

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This flexibility is key to the uptake of the technology, especially in libraries. Each patron can design and create his or her own particular object. Kids can print new additions to the toys that they love and can create just about anything that they can imagine. What Is 3-D Printing? The simplest way to imagine a 3-D printer is that it’s a machine that makes bigger things out of smaller blocks. In some cases, the “blocks” are a powder; in others, they are melted plastic; and in yet others, they are an ultraviolet light-sensitive resin, but in every case it’s just a matter of large things being made from smaller substrates.

Some types of scanning technology have issues with the separation of background from object, and even things like going from a very dark to a very light surface can cause problems. Most 3-D scans will require some finessing in order to get very good results from the resultant print. With just a bit of work, though, you can get really interesting and useful things from a scanner. 1). It’s roughly the size of a turntable and can scan objects up to 8 inches in diameter. It uses a camera and lasers to “draw” the edges of an object as it is slowly turned around a single point.

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