CEHPL Printing Ideas into Reality

Truro C@P

Depicted in popular medical shows as a life-saving futuristic machine and owned by nerdy celebrities like Wil Wheaton, a 3-D printer is not one of the things you would expect your local library to showcase. Colchester East Hants Public Library (CEHPL) is in the possession of such a 3-D printer, migrating from branch to branch and showcasing its abilities to children and adults alike.

The crash course on 3-D printers: they take 3-D digital images from a computer and print them with plastic, layer by layer, to make an object like a comb or an action figure. To quote everyone who witnesses a 3-D printer print for the first time, “It literally prints 3-D shapes!”

The printer is a MakerBot Replicator 2, and it is small enough to fit comfortably on your desk while you work. Using PLA, a biodegradable plastic filament made with sugar and cornstarch, the printer heats…

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