Chicago Public Library Creates Free 3D Printing Lab
As access to information becomes less central to the mission of libraries, public access to technology and training becomes even more important.
The Chicago Public Library is opening what it calls the CPL Innovation Lab on the third floor of the Harold Washington Library Center.
The space will have three 3D printers, two laser cutters, a milling machine and a vinyl cutter. Alongside the hardware, the Innovation Lab will give the public access to a number of 3D printing software programs including Trimble Sketchup, Inkscape, Meshlab and Makercam.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer Chicagoans the opportunity to learn firsthand new technologies and skills used in today’s manufacturing at the library,” said Commissioner Brian Bannon.
“The Maker Lab is the first of several ideas we plan to test over the next few years in the Innovation Lab, as we focus on expanding access to 21st century ideas and information to our communities.”
The [project is] completely free to the public. Anybody can come in and make 3D printed projects. The Innovation Lab will also host a number of workshops to teach the public how to use the tools available.
(via Chicago Public Library To Open 3D Printer Space | WebProNews)