By Jason Griffey
As the maker circulate keeps to develop and 3-D printers develop into more cost-effective, an increasing workforce of hobbyists is raring to discover this new expertise. within the known culture of introducing new applied sciences, many libraries are contemplating deciding to buy a 3-D printer. Jason Griffey, an early fanatic of 3D printing, has researched and visible numerous structures first hand on the customer Electronics express. during this record he introduces readers to the 3D printing industry, protecting such subject matters as:
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As the technology becomes more fully featured, as the 3-D printers become capable of printing more and more complicated objects, and as the prices continue to drop, more and more people will see that these devices may fill a need in their lives: not necessarily owning a printer, but being aware of their capabilities and able to imagine using one. That is also an opportunity for some public libraries, to be ready for that potential by understanding the current state of the 3-D printing landscape.
The library as a concept acts as a collective resource for the individuals of a community, and while we are best known for the resource of information, that’s never been all we are. Libraries were often the first place in a community where someone could go to touch a computer and were one of the places where most Americans first saw the Internet. Those of us who were around technology in the 1990s remember how amazing something as omnipresent as a laser printer was in its early days. The library was often the place where patrons would go to print their résumés in the early 1990s because they didn’t have a printer at home and the laser printer looked so much more professional than the more common dot-matrix printers.
Selective Laser Sintering Simultaneously, the most flexible and the most expensive type of 3-D printing commonly used, selective laser sintering (SLS), is similar to stereolithography in that it uses lasers to solidify a loose substrate. But in SLS the printing substrate is a powder and you use high-energy lasers rather than UV ones. The high-energy lasers selectively fuse sections of a powder together, a new layer of powder is deposited on top of the sintered layer as the entire print bed drops, and the lasers do another pass, fusing the single layer of powder to the already solid layer below.