Beginning August 18, the Washoe County Library System will be offering a new service—3D printing. While we have had 3D printers for a while, and you may have gotten some hands-on experience on one at the Quad, starting this month you can simply submit a file online and pick up your object when it’s finished. This service is provided at eight of our libraries.
The largest of our 3D printers, the Lulzbot Taz 6, will be the featured equipment in the first Quad Thursday this month, so bring a flash drive with an object file, and watch the printer in action.
Though if you can't make it, you can still watch our video of the Amazing Articulated Octopus being printed, from this file found on Yeggi.
For full details on our 3D printing services, including technical specifications and links to free object files, visit our new 3D printing webpage.
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How-To: Kristopher's Cup Holder
Most of the projects we've done on the 3D printers are essentially novelty items, things that are just for fun. Don't get us wrong--we all really love that octopus, but we were impressed with this project by Kristopher Thomas, who works at the Spanish Springs Library. He found a surprisingly practical use for the 3D printer--creating an insert to correct the overly generous sizing of the cup holder in his new car.