3D Printing at Lovejoy Library
Lovejoy Library's MakerBot Replicator is a state-of-the-art consumer level 3D Printer. This technology allows you build physical objects from digital models that you can create in a variety of ways. Instead of printing a 2D representation on paper of your big design project -- print an actual 3-dimensional model that can be held, felt, and examined from all angles!
How it Works
When you submit your digital file to the library to be printed and accept the time and cost estimate, your digital file is processed and created on the MakerBot Replicator to deliver a plastic model into your hands. Your digital file is "cut" into many slices -- the Replicator turns these slices into thin layers of extruded plastic. As the printer lays down each layer, the object begins to take shape.
What Good Is It?
The technology to accomplish this sort of fabrication has existed for decades, but the equipment and materials costs meant that these devices were limited to large companies and specialists. 3D printing is now experiencing an emergence of very affordable machines (such as our Replicator) that put this technology in smaller businesses and homes, and professionals in all fields are embracing the ability to rapidly create objects for all kinds of purposes. Your experience with our Replicator will put you in an advanced position to realize the potential of this technology in your field of work as you begin your career.
- Biomedical -- facial reconstruction, foot reconstruction, dental models, anatomical modelling
- Engineering -- gears, structural models
- Theatre -- scale models of proposed sets and set pieces
- Art and design -- original work, reproductions and replicas
- Geography -- 3D maps, terrain visualizations
- EVERYONE -- inventiveness, creativity, gifts, mementos, replacement parts, imagination
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Director of Digital Initiatives and Technologies
Library and Information Services
Edwardsville, IL 62026