3D Printing Comes to the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library

Have you heard about 3D printing and would like to see it in action? The Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library now has a 3D printer that can produce small print jobs for the public.

3D printers use digital files to create three dimensional solid objects. 3D printing uses a plastic filament to add layers to an object until the designed object is complete. They are used in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, medicine, research, and more. High-end medical 3D printers have been used to create prosthetic limbs, surgical tools, and even tissue replacement. In the past few years, consumer models of 3D printers have become available for the public to use.

Patrons may submit requests that the Library create models based on their designs at a cost of $1.00 plus $0.10 per gram of filament used. Designs are commonly found on Thingiverse, a popular online repository of 3D printer files, but they can be from any source as long as they are in the right format. Files can be submitted through the Library’s webpage at www.neuselibrary.org or to the Library’s email address at nrl@neuselibrary.org. The Library’s 3D printing policy can also be found on the website.

Patrons who wish to learn more about 3D printing and how to find designs can sign up for a free one-hour workshop to be held on Saturday, March 5 at 3:00 p.m. Attendees will be shown how to locate plans on Thingiverse and will be given a firsthand demonstration of how 3D printing works.

For more information about 3D printing at the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library, please contact the Reference Department at 252-527-7066 x134.