For the past year, it seems the hottest item to own is a 3D printer. It can make something as simple as a game piece for chess, to something as complex as a replacement heart valve. All you need is the material required for your project, the imagination to create an object file and most importantly – a 3D printer.
“Pinal County Library District is working hard to provide its communities with access to the latest and greatest in emerging technologies,” said Library District Director Denise Keller. “This spring the Library District purchased a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop Printer in order to expose patrons to 3D printing technology while also integrating S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) educational principles.”
In April the library district started the roll out of the new equipment by inviting librarians from around the county to a workshop to learn about MakerSpaces, 3D Printing, and other technological trends.
“It’s amazing what this printer can do,” Keller said. “When you input the file of the object to made, the printer reads it and then gets to work. People can find all sorts of interesting files for patterns online.”
On June 13th, the library district will kick off a 3D printing demonstration tour, in which patrons are welcome to come see the 3D printer in action. Many of the demonstrations will be held alongside summer reading programming. This year’s summer reading theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read!” This theme celebrates everything science and technology related.
Pinal County Library District Director is hoping to integrate regular programming opportunities utilizing new technology.
“The real benefits of the 3D printer are the opportunities it will offer for patrons to create, collaborate, and invent,” Keller said.
If you’d like to learn more about Pinal County’s 3D printing programming, follow them on www.facebook.com/pcldaz or www.twitter.com/pinallibraries. You can confirm all demonstration dates on the Pinal County Library District’s Event Calendar: www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Library/News/Pages/Events.aspx.
Schedule of free demonstrations:
· Friday, June 13th, 1:00pm - Arizona City Community Library, 13254 South Sunland Gin Road
· Tuesday, June 17th, 1:00pm - Eloy Santa Cruz Library, 1000 North Main Street
· Monday, June 23rd, 2:00pm - Vista Grande Library, 1556 North Arizola Road
· Wednesday, June 25th, 12:30pm (Adult Lunch & Learn) – North School Multipurpose Room 351 N. Arizona Blvd. Coolidge
· Wednesday, June 25th, 3:00pm (Tween/Teen program) – Coolidge Public Library, 160 West Central Avenue
· Tuesday, July 8th, 3:30pm - Eloy Santa Cruz Library, 1000 North Main Street
· Thursday, July 10th, 2:00pm - Maricopa Public Library, 41600 West Smith-Enke Road, Building #10
· Tuesday, July 15th, 3:00pm - Mammoth Public Library, 125 North Clark Street
*all demonstrations during Summer Reading programs unless otherwise indicated