3D Printing @ the Library

DATE: August 22, 2012 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT (New York, NY)


Lauren Britton – Transliteracy Development Director
Fayetteville Free Library (FFL)
FFL Fab Lab

Joe Murphy – Librarian, Tech Trend Spotter

Explore the world of 3D printing! An introduction to what 3D printing is and an exploration of how it works including what types of printers are out there. The session will cover, in-depth, why libraries should be interested in 3D printing and why we should include it in our suite of cutting edge library services. We will share examples of success—how the FFL made it happen, and lessons learned. Presenters will discuss how you might incorporate 3D printing into your current plan of service to help the library keep pace with its potential roles created by these technologies.


  • Participants will gain an understanding of the transformational opportunities created by 3D printers for libraries and the strong applications for expanding the library’s role within its community.
  • Participants will learn how to bring this technology into their library and design services with it that will enhance community outreach and engagement.
  • Participants will be exposed to a variety of free, open-source software options for using 3D printers to empower library visitors in using this technology.

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