Introduction ● The Drake Memorial Library has been working with a MakerBot Replicator 2 for almost a year. ● The initial excitement was quickly tempered by questions of logistics, management, application, and policy. ● During the Spring 2014 semester, we made an effort to answer these questions, establish a place for the 3D printer in the library, and garner interest on campus from students, faculty and staff. ● We will discuss the challenges we encountered as we try to move from a knick-knack factory to active faculty and student involvement.
Spring/Summer 2013 Timeline ● Spring 2013 o LITS (Library, Information & Technology Services) purchases a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer ● Summer 2013 o 3D printer is moved to the Drake Memorial Library o Library also receives a NextEngine 3D scanner through a Faculty/Staff Technology Grant Summer spent learning how to operate and use the 3D printer ● Librarians enraptured. Stare at printer for upwards of 2 hours each day. MakerBot is brought to the Faculty/Staff Opening of School Convocation in late August.
Fall 2013 Timeline Fall 2013 o Received approval from library director to offer prints for free for the semester o Acquired a dedicated student assistant and a student volunteer to work exclusively with the 3D printer. o Created a 3D Printing libguide portal http://library.brockport.edu/3d o Accepted project submissions from campus community through webpage form
The Nitty Gritty ● Filament supply chain secured through library secretary ● All submissions reviewed by staff o “We reserve the right to refuse any request. This includes requests for multiple copies of the same item, weapons and *ahem* "inappropriate" objects.” o Received submissions for shot glasses, non-working gun ● Statistics kept through submission form application, MachForms (similar to Google Forms) ● Patrons informed via email that their projects were ready to pick up ● Projects generally printed in order they were received, as submission numbers boomed projects were printed in batches by print color ● Vast majority of files sourced from the ThingiverseThingiverse
The Numbers We were inundated! ● 172 submissions during the Fall 2013 semester until we shut down the submission form to catch up. ● Primary submitters were students. ● Most popular color was clear. ● A few ‘enthusiastic’ patrons requested multiple builds
Spring 2014 Timeline ● Scanning ● Printing scanned objects ● Art Faculty member’s test objects ● Pay-for-printing system ● Student assistants’ Scholars Day presentation ● Presentation to faculty to promote academic use
Pay System Shift 1st semester free printing 2nd semester developed payment system ● Decide on price ● How to inform patrons of change ● How to convey potential cost o Size/Cost Example Chart Size/Cost Example Chart ●How to accept payments
Academic Use April 4, 2014 ● Effort to inspire academic use ● Presented at CELT (Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching)
Student Presentation April 9, 2014 - Scholars Day Joint presentation by student employee, Evan Spencer, and student volunteer, Brian Fitzgerald Poster presentation earned an article in the online campus newspapercampus newspaper
What’s Next? ● Grant for 2 more printers and a filament recycling machine in collaboration with Art Dept. ● How will collaboration with Art Dept. work? ● Training for classes/groups, individuals? ● Create a Makerspace: location? scope of projects?