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Tinkers, Printers, & Makers: Makerspaces in the Library (November 2015)



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Presented w/ Marcia Dority Baker (with content provided by Gordon Wyant) to the staff of Lincoln City Libraries, 18 November 2015

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Tinkers, Printers, & Makers: Makerspaces in the Library (November 2015)

  1. 1. TINKERS, PRINTERS & MAKERS: MAKERSPACES IN THE LIBRARY Marcia Dority Baker & Michael Sauers with content provided by Gordon Wyant Lincoln City Libraries 18 November 2015
  2. 2. PROGRAM PLAN-OF-ACTION ▪ What’s a makerspace? ▪ Necessary bits & pieces ▪ How does it work in the library?
  3. 3. WHAT IS IT?
  4. 4. SHOW & TELL TIME ▪ A variety of materials, tools and machines create a successful makerspace. ▪ The environment is important! Is it a dynamic place for creativity, noise, group work, thinking and tinkering. ▪ Here’s a few tools to get started…
  5. 5. LEGO
  8. 8. EGG-BOT
  10. 10. MAKEYMAKEY
  12. 12. 3D PRINTERS AND PRINTING Additive Fabrication • Selective Laser Sintering (Freakin’ LASERS!) • Stereolithography (More freakin’ LASERS!) • Powder Bed/Binder • Fused Deposition Modeling
  13. 13. FIND YOUR PRINTER What’s your target demographic? What are your space constraints? What role will a 3d printer play? How much are you willing to spend?
  14. 14. 3D PRINTERS MakerBot Replicator Mini • $1375.00 • 3.9 L x 3.9 W x4.9 H inch build volume • 200 micron (.2mm) print resolution • Great community • Prints PLA filament from proprietary spools • USB and WiFi connectivity 3d Systems Cube • $1099 • 6 L x 6 W x 6 H inch build volume • 70 or 200 micron (.07mm or .2mm) print resolution • Dual extruders • Great support • Prints ABS and PLA (expensive) proprietary spools • USB, WiFi, and mobile connectivity Solidoodle Press • $499 • 8 L x 8 W x 8 H inch build volume • 100 – 300 micron (.1mm-.3mm) print resolution • Heated glass print bed • Great community • Prints ABS filament from proprietary (kinda) spool • USB connectivity Easy to use
  15. 15. Makerbot Replicator 5th Gen • $2899 • 9.9 L x 7.8 W x 5.9 H in • 100 - 300 micron (.1 - .3mm) print resolution • Easily swappable extruder assembly • Camera and mobile control • USB, Ethernet, and WiFi connectivity • Prints in PLA – can be configured to print other materials 3D PRINTERS Made for Makers in mind Soliodoodle Workbench • $1299 • 12 L x 12 W x 12 H in • 100 - 300 micron (.1 - .3mm) print resolution • Dual extruders • Heated glass build platform • Self-leveling and calibrating • USB connectivity • Prints in ABS and PLA – can be configured for other material Airwolf3d HDx • $3495 • 12 L x 8 W x 12 H in • 60 - 300 micron (.06 - .3mm) print resolution • Looks great with fancy purple LEDs • USB connectivity • Prints virtually any plastic or nylon based material and their site has downloadable nozzle settings for all the materials
  16. 16. UPRINT SE PLUS ▪ Heated build area ▪ Dissolvable support filament ▪ WaveWash Support Cleaning System ▪ Build size: 203 x 203 x 152 mm (8 x 8 x 6 in.) ▪ Layer thickness: .254 mm (.010 in.) or .330 mm (.013 in.)
  17. 17. DIMENSION 1200 ES ▪ Heated build area ▪ Dissolvable support filament ▪ WaveWash Support Cleaning System ▪ Build size: 254 x 254 x 305 mm (10 x 10 x 12 in.) ▪ Layer thickness: 0.33 mm (0.013 in.) or .254 mm (.010 in.)
  18. 18. 3D SCANNERS Makerbot Digitizer - $7993d Systems Sense - $499123d Catch – FREE + price of your smartphone
  19. 19. ISENSE
  20. 20. 3D PROGRAMS Blender • FREE! • Powerful • GREAT community with excellent tutorials • 123D • Free! • Relatively easy to learn • WebApp • Sketchup • Free! • Relatively easy to learn • Can be difficult to do complex models •
  21. 21. YOU DON’T NEED A PRINTER Thinking, planning, and designing in 3d Experience using CAD software Some technical knowledge All can be learned using other tools and toys.
  24. 24. ARDUINO
  26. 26. HOW DOES THIS WORK IN THE LIBRARY? ▪ Funding ▪ Library support ▪ Community input ▪ Communication & sharing ▪ Space ▪ Gadgets & supplies ▪ Projects ▪ Safety
  27. 27. CONFESSION TIME… ▪ Who is scheming/dreaming about a makerspace in their library? ▪ Who has community space for creative projects in their library? ▪ Who is collaborating with other folks on maker programs, events or workshops in your library? ▪ Who wants to partner to create a makerspace in their library? ▪ Who has a makerspace in their library?
  29. 29. RESOURCES: ▪ Makespace resource guide: libraries.html ▪ Adventures with Raspberry Pi: A Librarian’s Introduction ACRL TechConnect Blog: ▪ Makerspaces in libraries from the Wayne State University blog: ng-maker-spaces-libraries-are-truly-more-than-books/ ▪ EDUCAUSE, 7 Things you should know about Makerspaces: ▪ Making Room for Innovation: libraries/making-room-for-innovation/
  30. 30. CONTACT US ▪ Marcia Dority Baker UNL College of Law, Schmid Law Library ▪ Michael Sauers Do Space ▪ Gordon Wyant Bellevue Public Library

Editor's Notes

  • Intro’s
    How 90-minute program will run
  • Makerspace definition: 1. physical location where people gather to share resources, knowledge & work on projects. This includes experimenting with technology, hardware and prototypes via self-directed learning.

    See EDUCAUSE 7 things you should know about makerspaces
  • Make Space video by WestportPubLib

    Makerspace definition: 1. physical location where people gather to share resources, knowledge & work on projects. This includes experimenting with technology, hardware and prototypes via self-directed learning.

    See EDUCAUSE 7 things you should know about makerspaces

    Baisc kit: $99
  • Think the integration of sewing and electronics

    Stretch-Sensing Bracelet
    LED Firefly Baby Booties
  • SLS – Common industrial fabrication technique. Laser used to melt powdered plastic, ceramic, wood/resin composite, metal or other material before laying another layer of powder and repeating the melt process. Wide variety of materials – VERY expensive and large machines . . . But the patent expires in 2014, so we should start to see cheaper machines.

    Stereolithography – Ultraviolet laser used to harden resin by layer in a vat. Quickly makes high quality parts that can then reliably be further refined. Printers are expensive and mostly reserved for industrial/medical prototyping; however, Formlabs has created the Form1 at $3300. The resin used is very expensive.

    Powder Bed/Binder – Distributes a colored binding agent through an inkjet printing head to a layer of powder. Allows for fullcolor 3d printing. Can be very expensive. A variation on this theme is the Mcor Iris, which prints a thin layer of binder to regular printing paper and sliced layer by layer. This is the printer used by the new Staples 3d printing service that opened in Europe.

    Fused Deposition Modelling – Common method and also the most affordable. Print material (usually with a relatively low melt point) is extruded through a heated head to create thin filaments that are pressed layer by layer. Used by nearly all “Consumer Ready” print solutions.
  • Makerbot Replicator Mini:

    Solidoodle Press:

    3d Systems Cube 3:
  • Makerbot Replicator 5th Gen:

    Solidoodle Workbench:

    Airwolf3d HDx:
  • $20,900
  • Makerbot Digitizer:

    123D Catch:
  • Broadcom BCM2836 ARMv7 Quad Core Processor powered Single Board Computer running at 900MHz
    1GB RAM so you can now run bigger and more powerful applications
    Identical board layout and footprint as the Model B+, so all cases and 3rd party add-on boards designed for the Model B+ will be fully compatible.
    Fully HAT compatible
    40pin extended GPIO to enhance your "real world" projects
    10/100 Ethernet Port to quickly connect the Raspberry Pi to the Internet

    6x Faster than previous model
    Will run a (specific) version of Win10

    Media server
    OPAC station
    Scratch ( - With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
    Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.
  • High School Teacher Creates Drogerdy, the 3D Printed Raspberry Pi Controlled Tank Bot

    “The Drogerdy is designed as a tractor style robot which is modular and expandable,” Clark tells us. “The need for a tank style bot was important as it exposes my students to specific programming concepts in a new and interesting way. Currently the tracks run around a two cog assembly, but I have designed an expansion piece to enable the track to be almost twice as long.”
    Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It's an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board.
    Arduino can be used to develop interactive objects, taking inputs from a variety of switches or sensors, and controlling a variety of lights, motors, and other physical outputs. Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or they can be communicate with software running on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP.) The boards can be assembled by hand or purchased preassembled; the open-source IDE can be downloaded for free.
  • Makerspace playbook:

    IMLS Talking Point: Libraries, museums and makerspaces,

  • Brainstorm time, group discussion, meet & greet with other librarians who want to collaborate.
  • More Resources: 
    Make magazine: library can help boost maker movement
    Code4Lib Journal: Using a Raspberry Pi as a display device
    Smithsonian Magazine, 3D printers:
    Chicago Public Library makespace now open:
    3D printing is over-hyped, Gizmodo
    Hackerspace video
    3D printing goes from sci-fi to reality
    3D printer/vending machine
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