There is magic in watching a 3D printer. It’s not like anything most have seen before. It’s making something from nothing and is a real mindblower when you first see one in action. NovaRRG and Reston Regional Library wanted to bring this experience to the community and did so on Saturday afternoon to a sell-out crowd.
Libraries provide their patrons with tools for learning, historically this has meant books and in recent years has included computers with Internet access. However, as ebooks become more common, forward-looking libraries are starting to explore other tools for learning. The idea of the library as a place to gather, collaborate, use tools, create, and learn is emerging. While libraries incorporate tools ranging from soldering irons to laser cutters, there is no more potent a symbol for a library than having and using a 3D printer. We wanted to assist Reston Library by exhibiting this powerful symbol.
We in the Northern Virginia RepRap Group are passionate about 3D printing and our own printers in particular. Why else would our members have made dozens of Prusa-model 3D printers from scratch? Our three build-groups have been an excellent source of learning, of friendship, and of satisfying our desire to tinker and create. As long as we keep feeding filament into our beasts, the magic continues to flow!
If you’re interested in learning more about 3D printers then come spend some time with us. Visit during our regular meetings at Nova Labs, the schedule can be seen on our calendar. Also, if you can’t wait then register for this site and then sign-up to be on our 3D-printer email list. There’s good quality activity.
Big thanks to Andrew Pendergrass, Reston Regional Library branch manager, and Sue Robinson, adult programs coordinator, for helping us to hold this event at the library.