3D printing has been a focal point in library makerspaces for several years; however, it seems that interest in the technology has decelerated. The technology may have slowed down, but there is still a lot going on in this space, which can be overwhelming to keep up with it all.
In this webinar:
– Learn what 3D printing is, how it works, and gain insight on how to implement/maintain, and to perhaps build your own 3D printer.
– Get a snapshot of some of the best 3D printers and products on the market, including an overview on resin and carbon printers.
– Discover a variety of 3D design applications to help with getting ideas to working prototypes.
– Study trends in digital scanning and other emerging 3D design/printing technologies.
– Interview an expert 3D designer/printer in the industry to get even more insight into this exciting technology.
Original broadcast August 15, 2018
Biography ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum (https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E).
While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.
Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. Chad also plays drums in two bands, Fowler’s Bluff and Low Season, and he also organizes Pinellas Comic and Maker Con, which is held each year at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus.