You Can Now 3-D Print at the Carnegie Library (For Free)

You don’t need to buy your own 3-D printer to create sweet stuff — you just need to visit the Carnegie Library.




Photo courtesy of MakerBot
 

 

From ink-and-paper books to robust online tools, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh continues to evolve. Now, the Job and Career Education Center at its main branch in Oakland is home to the 3-D MakerBot Replicator 2, a 3-D printer roughly the size of a desktop computer.

Sending a file to MakerBot isn’t too different from printing a regular Word document; after MakerBot receives data, it constructs an object by layering heated plastic one sliver at a time until the item is complete. Funded by a $30,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant, MakerBot is available to the public at no cost, says Wes Roberts, senior librarian at the Job and Career Education Center.

“It’s built on the spirit of what is called the maker movement,” Roberts says. “It’s a bottom-up movement of people making things — and it’s starting to impact the overall economy.”

He says patrons have printed a range of objects, from commonplace lampshades to replicas of original artwork. While tech-minded printers can design their own files, blueprints for 3-D printers are available on sites including thingiverse.com. Smartphone apps such as Autodesk 123D Catch also can scan or take a photo of an object and then render it into a 3-D file.

Library patrons can contact Roberts for a one-on-one consultation or attend monthly workshops to learn more. Want to try it? Email the JCEC at jcec@carnegielibrary.org, call 412/622-3133 or visit carnegielibrary.org more information.

 

Hot Reads

Review: Sienna Mercato

Review: Sienna Mercato

Matthew Porco, one of our Chefs of the Year, designs the menus at Sienna Mercato's downtown establishments.
An Open Letter to Local Sports Reporters

An Open Letter to Local Sports Reporters

PittGirl has had enough of the criticism of fanatics and asks the media to stop labeling everyone.
Film Noir Fall Fashion

Film Noir Fall Fashion

Fall into autumn with a fashion landscape awash in black, white and nifty shades of gray.
8 Foodie Day Trips (and a Few Weekends, Too)

8 Foodie Day Trips (and a Few Weekends, Too)

Hoping to take a leaf-peeping road trip? Keep food at the top of your priority list and consult our lineup of eight destinations, most within 150 miles of the city.

The 412

Awesome Hyperlapse Video Takes You Through Pittsburgh at Warp Speed

Awesome Hyperlapse Video Takes You Through Pittsburgh at Warp Speed

Instagram’s new Hyperlapse technology was made for Pittsburgh.
The 10 Most Important Concerts in Pittsburgh History

The 10 Most Important Concerts in Pittsburgh History

We went one on one with legendary promoter Rich Engler to get the scoop on which shows have stood out over time.
8 Photos That Best Capture Summer in Pittsburgh

8 Photos That Best Capture Summer in Pittsburgh

Just because the season's winding down doesn't mean you have to be glum. Savor these images that capture all that you love about the city.
Pittsburgh: America's Most Livable City ... Again?

Pittsburgh: America's Most Livable City ... Again?

It feels good to be at the very top of The Economist's list of high-ranking metropolises in the continental U.S.

Hot Reads

Review: Sienna Mercato

Review: Sienna Mercato

Matthew Porco, one of our Chefs of the Year, designs the menus at Sienna Mercato's downtown establishments.
Film Noir Fall Fashion

Film Noir Fall Fashion

Fall into autumn with a fashion landscape awash in black, white and nifty shades of gray.
An Open Letter to Local Sports Reporters

An Open Letter to Local Sports Reporters

PittGirl has had enough of the criticism of fanatics and asks the media to stop labeling everyone.
8 Foodie Day Trips (and a Few Weekends, Too)

8 Foodie Day Trips (and a Few Weekends, Too)

Hoping to take a leaf-peeping road trip? Keep food at the top of your priority list and consult our lineup of eight destinations, most within 150 miles of the city.
From Field to Fork

From Field to Fork

We put together this dynamic guide to help you find and engage with the region’s sustainable producers of meat, honey, alcohol, fruits and vegetables.
Sometimes Your Best Friends in Life Aren't on Facebook

Sometimes Your Best Friends in Life Aren't on Facebook

PittGirl wonders if it's still possible to raise kids to be big-hearted people in an age of self-obsession.