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Can 3D Printers Make Libraries Useful Again?

10 Nov

 

 

As the printed word gives way to digital distribution, libraries must change in both form and function in order to remain relevant in the Internet age. One New York book repository has taken the lead in this effort by installing the country’s first “maker’s space” within a public library.

The effort is being spearheaded by Lauren Smedley of the Fayetteville Free Library. The Fayetteville facility, which is actually housed in an old furniture factory, is building a fabrication laboratory. The Fab Lab, as it’s called, will provide free public access to the machines and resources needed for home-scale manufacturing.

The Lab currently only includes a Makerbot 3D printer, but Lindley hopes to soon acquire a CNC Router and laser cutter as well. Once complete, the lab is expected to host a variety of community events, including classes for 3D Printing, 3D design software, computer programming, and Geek Girl Camps.

Can 3D Printers Make Libraries Useful Again?.

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For $400 HPs TopShot Printer Is All That and a 3D Scanner

3 Nov

A great way to spruce up your Etsy product page is with 3D models of the items. But, problem is the process of generating these models can be prohibitively time- and money- intensive. HP’s new TopShot printer aims to change that.

In addition to pulling normal multifunction printer duties like copying and faxing, the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro can also scan small, 3D objects. It employs a camera embedded at the end of an folding arm that takes six shots—three with flash and three in ambient light—then combines them into a seamless high-resolution picture. Included editing software automatically removes the background leaving just the product and integrated Internet connectivity allows for immediate upload to the web without a computer intermediary.

The TopShot retails for $400 with both its functionality and price aimed towards smaller businesses that may not be able to afford a traditional product shoot setup. This could definitely be a boon for Etsy artists and eBay sellers, but does the inclusion of 3D models really influence one’s purchase decisions, at least enough to warrant an investment of four Franklins?

via HPs TopShot Printer Is All That and a 3D Scanner.

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