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3D Printing and the Maker Culture

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This Pearltree contains links to resources which are relevant to 3D printers, libraries and knowledge creation.
It was created for Vanessa Rooney CULINL601A Assessment 2.

3d printing and additive manufacture » Connecting Librarian. The Intellectual Property Institute of Australia organised this talk. I have an interest in 3D printing as part of the Maker Space culture which is developing in libraries and elsewhere and this event gave me some great foundational information about the broader uses and implications of this technology. 3d printing and additive manufacture: myths, facts and the future Dr Martin Leary – Advanced Manufacturing Precinct – RMIT 3d printing is considered a form of additive manufacturing and can be used for rapid prototyping.

“Additive manufacturing is defined as the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies. Synonyms are additive fabrication, additive processes, additive techniques, additive layer manufacturing, layer manufacturing, and freeform fabrication.” (ASTM International – formerly the American Society for Testing and Measurement) Showed video of fascinator 3D printed for Melbourne Cup.

3D printing: coming to a library near you. A few months back, we talked about the challenges faced by libraries in the era of ebooks, digital information and shrinking budgets. An emerging idea, now being pioneered at one New York state library, is to offer 3D printing facilities to enable constituents to develop and innovate new ideas and products.

The Fayetteville Free Library of Fayetteville, NY recently has assumed a new mission in efforts to serve its constituencies with 3D printing facilities. The "FFL Fab Lab" is a space set aside with 3D printing technology, which seeks to encourage innovation and learning of the concept. At the foundation of the FFL's Fab Lab will be a MakerBot Thing-o-Matic 3D printer, donated to the library. As stated on the library's Fab Lab Website, the goal is to provide what is known as a "hackerspace" to the local public, providing access to equipment that may be too expensive to purchase on an individual basis: As the Maker Movement Surges, So Do "Stories" of Creation - Techonomy. Big art at [freespace], a collaborative working space in San Francisco’s SOMA district.

(Image via Ewan McIntosh at Flickr) On a few blocks in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood (SOMA), the emergent sharing economy is thriving. On a stretch of Mission Street where multi-tenant housing residents, a homeless population, and employees of the hulking Federal building tensely coexist, a “civic hack” is transforming a vacant building. The two-month [freespace] experiment undertaken by social entrepreneurs, artists, activists, techies, and locals is changing the neighborhood. A few blocks away, more techies, makers, artists, and entrepreneurs take advantage of classes and shared machinery at TechShop . The truth is that sharing space can be difficult. But collaborative spaces offer clear benefits: serendipitous connections spark ideas, learning, and opportunities to tackle larger challenges. Access to technology hasn’t diminished the desire to create and share.

The Creative Worker. L-Plate Series - 3D Printing podcast. 3D Printing | Town of Victoria Park. The Town of Victoria Park Library will be temporarily withdrawing the 3D Printing service from Monday, 18 May 2015. It is anticipated the service will be reinstated once a staff member is on board to support its operations. The 3D printer requires continuous, specialised technical knowledge on site to manage and deliver successful print jobs as well as answer customer enquiries with confidence. This includes checking the CAD drawing for design anomalies prior to printing that will result in a flawed print job. If customers wish to learn how to use a 3D printer, they can access services at the Victoria Park Digital Hub. The Town of Victoria Park Library currently has a Makerbot Replicator 2 available for members of our community to access and use to print 3D objects.

Our Replicator uses PLA plastic and is available in the following colours: BlackWhiteGreyPurpleRedOrange Cost How to Print Collecting Your Print Finished objects can be collected, once notified, from the Library's front counter. Copyright and the digital economy - 3D printing. Why 3D printers could hammer the manufacturing industry. Jae C. Hong/CP It’s being called the “copyright Armageddon,” a looming legal battle between manufacturers and the Internet, thanks to the increasing popularity of 3D printers. With some desktop units available for as little as $500, almost anyone can now print plastic items from the comfort of home—tools and toys, house decorations, even musical instruments. The possibilities seem limitless—and so, too, does the potential for piracy.

Internet piracy has been an issue ever since Shawn Fanning created the music file-sharing program Napster. Though Napster was shut down in 2001, after one of the biggest copyright battles in history, piracy has only spread, from music to movies and books. But until recently, online theft has been limited to data, not physical objects. Now some file-sharing websites are taking advantage of what many expect to be the next digital revolution. Some companies are already taking legal action. Not all brand items are necessarily protected, either. The Makings of Maker Spaces, Part 1: Space for Creation, Not Just Consumption.

Maker spaces in libraries are the latest step in the evolving debate over what public libraries’ core mission is or should be. From collecting in an era of scarce resources to curation in an era of overabundant ones, some libraries are moving to incorporate cocreation: providing the tools to help patrons produce their own works of art or information and sometimes also collecting the results to share with other members of the ­community. Maker spaces promote learning through play; have the potential to demystify science, math, technology, and engineering; and encourage women and under­represented minorities to seek careers in those fields.

They also tie in to the growing trend of indie artists in every medium—including books—who are bypassing traditional gatekeepers, taking advantage of new tools to produce professionally polished products, and going direct to the web to seek an audience. Libraries around the United States offer tools for patrons to learn by doingBy Lauren Britton R. The First 3-D Printed Book Cover Is Here. It was only a matter of time: the first 3-D printed book cover has arrived. Published by Riverhead Books on Tuesday, a limited edition of Chang-Rae Lee’s novel On Such a Full Sea features a white slipcover with the title’s letters rising off the surface, making the book double as a sculpture. Designed by Riverhead’s art director Helen Yentus, the slipcover initially took 30 hours to print, until some streamlining reduced production to 15 hours each. Given this arduous creation process, the limited edition books are selling for a whopping $150--way more than the Kindle eBook edition, which is $11.99.

The slipcover “re-introduces the idea of the book as an art object,” author Lee said in a statement announcing its release. The sleek design is fitting for a novel that takes place in the future. The 3-D printed limited edition of On Such A Full Sea is available for purchase here. Role of public library in creating & promoting makerspaces.

Mission creep - a 3D printer will not save your library. So you think your library needs a 3D printer. You’re going to be modern, ahead of the curve, futuristic, not-your-mother’s-library. Congratulations. But why exactly is it appropriate for a library service to provide 3D printing? Cargo cults and technolust “We have 2D printers, 3D printers are just the next step” you say? The harsh truth is that there is no business case for public libraries to provide 3D printing. Libraries could provide any number of services that look a bit like our core business, but librarians need to ensure that they understand why they are providing them and what the ramifications are. Messing around with 3D printing is not a feature of modernity.

So Hot Right Now As librarians we deal with intangibles. The flipped library is why people like Tim Sherratt and Mitchell Whitelaw are the talk of library conferences and Twitter feeds lately, with their work on data visualisation and Australian History. Discussed by Mission creep, high tech, another year to evaluate. Makerspaces take libraries by storm.