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Rochester Public Library shows off its new 3D printer

Rochester Public Library shows off its new 3D printer

(THE MED CITY BEAT) - Who says libraries can't keep pace with technology?

The Rochester Public Library recently showcased its new Ultimaker 3D printer by building a model of the Great Pyramid. Photographer Josh Banks captured the four-hour process in a 30-second video published on YouTube.

The library purchased the printer at the end of December with a $2,500 grant from the nonprofit organization Southeastern Libraries Cooperating. Youth programs taught by students from Rochester Community and Technical College will begin later this month.

"We want to get this new technology into the hands of kids and teens," said Sarah Joynt, the teen librarian. "With their imaginations, they are constantly thinking about ways to create new and different things."

Participants will use templates to create custom designs for things like cell phone cases, key chains and cookie cutters. Once complete, the items will be printed out and available for pickup a few days later.

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The library is still working on a strategy for allowing the public to send in designs, Joynt said. There will be two informational seminars open to all ages in April.

Click here to sign up a teen or here to sign up a tween. You may have to join a waiting list.


(Cover photo: Screenshot of video / BanksPhotos.com)

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