3D printer promotion

Butler, Paul prbutler at BSU.EDU
Thu Apr 24 16:21:39 EDT 2014

Hi Joyce,

While I was at the University of Mary Washington we had the ThinkLab<http://umwthinklab.com/>, which was is a hacker/makerspace with a few 3D printers and many other fun tools/toys.

We had a 24-hour hackathon where anyone could drop in and play and experiment. We had pizza and candy and demo'd all the tools.

>From that experience I would suggest something similar, but perhaps not a 24-hour event. Be sure to print up a bunch of cool examples folks can examine/hold, and little trinkets they can take away with them (eg, keychain with your school's logo). Have a few computers with Thingiverse loaded and show they all the possibilities, and let folks print items start to finish. Be sure to temper their expectations in terms of print times, and keep examples small for quick turnaround. Have other things they can look at, like books/magazines about 3D Printing/MakerSpace/etc. And be sure to give them a fact sheet to take away, with your policies/pricing/hours, etc.

Good luck and have fun!

Cheers, Paul


Paul R Butler, mslis

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From: Web technologies in libraries [mailto:WEB4LIB at LISTSERV.ND.EDU] On Behalf Of Joyce Wong
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:22 PM
Subject: [WEB4LIB] 3D printer promotion

Hi everyone

Our Creative Arts Division recently acquired a 3D printer and we are exploring ways to generate some excitement from faculty and students around its potential.  I would like to hear any experience others might have had in this area, especially a public event with student participation.

Thank you.  Please feel welcome to reply to me off the list.



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