Would you like to earn the 3D printer badge? Beginning February 15, you can learn hands on how to use a 3D printer independently at training sessions offered at the England Run Branch.
In this pilot program, library staff will guide you through a step-by-step process to master the primary functions of the machine as well as how to locate, download, and print three-dimensional designs.
Earning this badge allows you to reserve the 3D printer and build your own projects in the MakerLab. In exchange for use of the machine in the lab, you agree to also share information about your project and 3D printing in general with curious customers. Visit www.librarypoint.org/makerlabs for directions to sign up for a MakerLab badging session.
The Central Rappahannock Regional Library is dedicated to featuring new and inspiring technologies for the community. For the past year we have been demonstrating 3-D printing with our Mobile MakerLab. The library can offer much more now that a permanent MakerLab has been set up at our England Run Branch.
Thanks to a generous partnership with the University of Mary Washington, library staff and university students are able to teach customers of all ages about aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through demonstrations and hands-on activities.
You might have noticed the success of the Do-It-Yourself movement, which is being headlined by the runaway popularity of desktop 3-D printers. Even our library is getting its feet wet with the Mobile Maker Lab, (click here and select your nearest branch for times and dates). 3-D printing’s popularity is defined by the virtually unprecedented open community that has grown up around it.