The Moncton Library in Canada see big potential in 3D printing and its future. Because of it ability the library now also offer its public to design their own design and print projects in three dimensions.
FabLab laboratory of the Moncton Public Library is the first in its kind in New Brunswick, a province southeast of Canada. The laboratory allows the public to tame new technologies and to hire experts to carry out more complex projects.
“You can do anything with the tools that are available in the space. You can print in 3D, you can be scanned in 3D, and you can make video and audio production. We can do crafts and electronic projects, “says Beatrice Houston, a librarian servicing the department for adults and young adults.
Ms. Houston initiated the FabLab concept in Moncton, a very popular concept in libraries today.
“The library, it changes. It is no longer a traditional place for books. It is a place to share any type of information, or for a project that is in the head of someone who wishes to share or learn to use different technologies, “says the librarian.
In the creative space, library members can learn to design their first electronic card and more to create and program their first computer using the Raspberry Pi. One of them even created a small synthesizer with which it is possible to play a few notes.
“I work for DPL, a company that operates in the field of electronics and software. So I like these kind of spaces like this one to meet people, get ideas and at the same time share our experiences and knowledge, “says Daniel Goguen, Ambassador FabLab.
For a year, the place is equipped with a 3D printer and, more recently, a 3D digitizer (3D scanner from MakerBot). It is therefore possible to scan objects and then recreate it in three dimensions. Some have recreated the missing pieces to an aquarium and others for a camera. Mr. Goguen among others designed a pencil holder on his desk that he uses today.
The only limits are imposed by the imagination of people, he says.
“You can download the projects that you want on the web. Sometimes you can find inspiration from other projects that people have made and printed here, “said Mr. Goguen.
A 3D printer costs a few thousand dollars. In Moncton library, members can use it for a costs of $ 1 per hour and 10 cents per plastic filament gram necessary for printing. Workshops are held on Wednesday evenings and every month open houses are organized.
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