Monday, 8 July 2013

3D Printing at a Library near you

Join us for a live demonstration of NSCAP's new 3D printer. This exciting new technology allows CAP users to design or download 3D models and have them printed into functioning, real-world components. Whether you're an aspiring inventor, or just looking for some fun, this is your chance to discover a technological advancement that is changing our world! Click here to see when it's coming to a library near you.

These Makerbot Replicator 2 printers will print 3 dimensional models that have been either downloaded from the Internet or created using free software such as Google Sketchup. The 3D printing technology is part of the new NSCAP mandate to introduce new technologies, encourage everyone to think how they can use technology to be more productive, engage youth in science, and generally to develop a learning community through cooperation and sharing of new skills.  Most locations will be hosting 3D imaging workshop this summer.  Check out our Calendar of Events.

3D printing, or distributed manufacturing, is a new technology that has the potential to change the way items are made and distributed. A 3 dimensional model or idea can be made into a physical object on site. It is being used by all sectors and by large and small businesses wishing to develop prototypes. But it is also being used by those with creative minds. 3D printers have a wide range of price and capability; the Replicator 2 is designed for those getting started with this technology. The objects are printed in PLA, a strong natural substance made from plants. To see it in action, click HERE for a short video.

Funding for this initiative is a combination of community funds and funding provided by the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. NSCAP has partnered with Dalhousie University Libraries in this initiative.

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