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3D Printing in Libraries Around the World

3D Printing in Libraries Around the World
April 22, 2013 By Riel Gallant Introduction Since late 2011, when the Fayetteville Public Library received widespread media attention for its hackerspace, 3D printers slowly began appearing in libraries around the world, particularly in the United States. This report will present statistics concerning libraries in the world who have adopted 3D printing. This data in this report will be presented to show where 3D printers are being adopted by libraries around the world, what types of libraries are using them, how they are using them, and what kinds of 3D printers they own. 3D Printers in Libraries by Location Of the 51 libraries found to have a 3D printer within their facilities, only 25 have been confirmed to be actively using them for the public. Both categories together totalled: It is not surprising to see the U.S. is leading the movement of 3D printing in libraries, but the gap is surprisingly large. Types of Libraries The 51 libraries included public, academic, and school libraries. Related:  JJpatricklibrary

Multi-camera real-time three-dimensional tracking of multiple flying animals Abstract Automated tracking of animal movement allows analyses that would not otherwise be possible by providing great quantities of data. The additional capability of tracking in real time—with minimal latency—opens up the experimental possibility of manipulating sensory feedback, thus allowing detailed explorations of the neural basis for control of behaviour. Here, we describe a system capable of tracking the three-dimensional position and body orientation of animals such as flies and birds. 1. Much of what we know about the visual guidance of flight [1–4], aerial pursuit [5–9], olfactory search algorithms [10,11] and control of aerodynamic force generation [12,13] is based on experiments in which an insect was tracked during flight. Our primary innovation is the use of arbitrary numbers of inexpensive cameras for markerless, real-time tracking of multiple targets. Flydra is largely composed of standard algorithms, hardware and software. 1.1. |𝒵1:t). ). t−1|𝒵1:t−1). Figure 1. 1.2. is

Sacramento Public Library - 3D Printer Policy and Procedure Purpose The Library desires to offer community access to new and emerging technologies such as 3D printers to inspire a new interest in design and help the community to bring their creations to life. This policy establishes how and under what circumstances the public may use the Library’s 3D printers. Policy The Library’s 3D printers are available to the public to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file. The Library’s 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. Procedures The procedure for printing from the Library’s 3D printers is as follows: Design creation: The 3D printer can be used with basic knowledge of Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD). Definitions 3D printing: the process of making a physical object from a digital model. 3D Printer: A 3D printer uses melted plastic to produce objects designed on a computer.

» Volumetrics – God Rays I’ve had a number of people ask recently about my ‘Intro Sequence’ post and how I achieved the volumetrics in the scene, so I’ve taken some time to put together short ‘how-to’ on the subject. It’s very simple and can be very effective. Using this method also allows for a lot of tweaking as the render times are very low. Firstly you can complete your scene before worrying about any of the mist/fog. Once your happy with the way things are looking we can start to think about adding the volumetrics, in this case were looking to add “god rays” through some trees. So here is the base render, pretty boring looking. There a couple of things you’ll need to do in order to prepare your scene to render out your volumetrics: That’s everything you’ll need to do to prepare you’ll scene, next – configure ‘VRay environment fog’. Once you’ve done that, hit render – you should get an image that looks something like this: The render times should be very low (all dependent on your kit of course). Tom.

Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers Ben Wiseman Visit the downtown branch of the Chattanooga Public Library and you'll find the usual stuff: rows of books, magazines, and computers. But walk up to the fourth floor and there's something unexpected. It's a “makerspace”—complete with a laser cutter, a zine lab for making paper publications, and a 3-D printer. When it opened in spring 2013, the maker floor—formerly unused and filled with decrepit equipment—became a massive hit, and up to 1,200 patrons attended events there. Chattanooga and Cleveland aren't the only cities giving this new kind of library a try. Ezra Reynolds is an example. But what about books? You have to give the librarians credit.

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DARPA combines human brains and 120-megapixel cameras to create the ultimate military threat detection system After more than four years of research, DARPA has created a system that successfully combines soldiers, EEG brainwave scanners, 120-megapixel cameras, and multiple computers running cognitive visual processing algorithms into a cybernetic hivemind. Called the Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System (CT2WS), it will be used in a combat setting to significantly improve the US Army’s threat detection capabilities. There are two discrete parts to the system: The 120-megapixel camera, which is tripod-mounted and looks over the battlefield (pictured below); and the computer system, where a soldier sits in front of a computer monitor with an EEG strapped to his head (pictured above). The soldier is linked into the computer system via an EEG (electroencephalogram) brain-computer interface that continually scans his brains for P300 responses. In short, CT2WS taps the human brain’s unsurpassed ability to recognize objects. Now read: Changing the world: DARPA’s top inventions

3D Printing With a 3D printer for public use and Maker programs every month, your Library is the place to bring your ideas to life. Make It @ Your Library "Think left and think right and think low and think high. Using the 3D Printer Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Design your 3D Object: Use a 3D modeling software to create your object. More Information Take a look at our FAQ. For inspiration and downloadable 3D files, visit, Trimble 3D Warehouse, Should your library try 3D printing? AS3 Particle Node Sequencer › Experimenting with the Tonfall Audio Engine “An experimental particle based audio sequencer, created in Flash using Tonfall; the new open source AS3 audio engine produced by Andre Michelle …” (You can drag each node and switch off the wander behaviour to create your own compositions). At Flash on the Beach this year, I had the privilege of seeing Andre Michelle speak. He also introduced Tonfall, which is an open source AS3 framework designed to get people started with Audio programming in Flash. I know that I’m not alone in feeling inspired by what Andre has done for the Flash platform, particularly when it comes to audio, yet lack the knowledge he has invested so much time and hard work in acquiring. So this is my first test with the framework, which although not extensively documented (at the time of writing), was quite easy to pick up and get going with. This sequencer is based around physical nodes, which connect to produce a variety of tones. Download: Particle Sequencer