3D printer may be gem of Studio 300
BOLINGBROOK — Students, business professionals and creative hobbyists will have the opportunity to create professional quality models and figures in the Fountaindale Public Library Studio 300.
The library's new digital media space will be equipped with a MakerBot Replicator 2, a fourth-generation desktop 3D printer capable of manufacturing an array of items such as chess pieces, smart phone or tablet cases, and artistic or scientific models.
Products will be manufactured from PLA, renewable bioplastic.
Residents will be able to design models on a personal computer or Studio 300 workstation, or can download design plans from the Internet.
Fountaindale Studio Services Manager Jeffrey Fisher says that adding a 3D printer to Studio 300 is a "natural extension" of the ingrained products and software.
"When we were brainstorming, we found that a 3D printer was a key element of digital media centers," Fisher said. "3D printers are fantastic alternatives to soldering and sanding objects."
Fisher estimates that the most basic objects will take about one hour to print, while larger, more complex designs could take several hours.
A printing price has yet to be officially set, but will be about 50 cents per gram, according to Fisher.
Like the rest of the Studio 300 software and hardware, the digital media center staff plans to host instructional classes and tutorials. Additionally, supplemental literature will be made available for studio users.
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