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3d printing in Maynooth University Library: breaking the 3rd dimension

Presentation given by Hugh Murphy and Michael Leigh of Maynooth University Library highlighting the success of a recent 3d printing pilot and noting the strategic benefits of this type of innovation. Also notes the fact that a new service is still a service and has some similarities to what we already do

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3d printing in Maynooth University Library: breaking the 3rd dimension

  1. 1. 3D Printing @ Maynooth University Library
  2. 2. Question: Ge What’s the difference between a ‘geek’ and a ‘nerd’?
  3. 3. What is 3D printing? 3D printing, also known as “additive manufacturing,” is a method for creating physical objects from digital designs. 3D printers build objects out of many very thin layers of material; the type of material objects are made from and how the layers are bonded depends on the type of printer. 3D Printing: Making Things at the Library Matthew B. Hoy Medical Reference Services Quarterly Vol. 32, Iss. 1, 2013
  4. 4. Why should libraries get involved? “For more than a decade now, higher education has been undergoing a major paradigm shift, moving from teaching to learning as its primary focus. In response, academic libraries have been shifting from an emphasis on housing and archiving print resources to one of directly supporting knowledge production” Colegrove, educase review, 2014
  5. 5. What is happening…? “…the cognitive gain that occurs when we create something new rather than simply repeat knowledge that has already been acquired. They create strong mental models of their world by engaging directly in the process of construction. Learners who produce more than they consume are generally more aware of their own learning processes and can adapt more quickly to changing environments and demands on their skills”
  6. 6. Broader applicability “Gartner predicts that the 3D printer market will have revenue growth rates of over 100%, beginning in 2018. Revenue will grow fastest in enterprise 3D markets, while unit shipments will expand rapidly in the consumer 3D market, with more-low-cost units driving broader adoption”
  7. 7. The Maynooth strategy – high level “̍ how to harness the potential of new technologies to enable greater flexibility and effectiveness in teaching and learning on- and off-campus” “its commitment to excellence, innovation and collegiality” “invest in and develop library and information technology services as critical enablers of our strategic goals”
  8. 8. The Maynooth strategy – library level • Importance of our service • Innovation in our service (proactive) • 3D printing is just another service • Focus on creativity • “Innovation is our new service”
  9. 9. What’s the benefit? • Give users what [we think] they want • Broadens service provision • Not all users want books (print or ‘e’) • Increased traction with academic departments • Staff views on technology opened up and challenged • Library seen as innovative • Library as ‘centre for everything’ on campus
  10. 10. You never know a game changer..
  11. 11. …until it’s changed the game
  12. 12. How does 3D Printing work
  13. 13. Jet Parts RAF Tornado Fighter
  14. 14. Arms for Children 16-year-old Daniel Omar of Sudan with his prosthetic arm
  15. 15. Football boots Nike Vapor Carbon Elite arm
  16. 16. Cars Strati
  17. 17. Lost statues in Afghanistan Buddhas of Bamiyan
  18. 18. Skin’n’bones print skin and other tissue
  19. 19. Selfies DOOB 3D Selfies
  20. 20. Houses Concrete and Mud
  21. 21. Children Drawings Crayon Creatures
  22. 22. Jewellery Design your own
  23. 23. Soil the world beneath our feet
  24. 24. Chocolate and other foods` ChefJet 3D Printer
  25. 25. Guitars Cubify Spider Guitar
  26. 26. Neolithic figurines Seated woman from Koutroulou Magoula, Greece (c. 5500 BC)
  27. 27. Research
  28. 28. Stereolithography
  29. 29. Extrusion/FDM/FFF
  30. 30. Material
  31. 31. Print Policy
  32. 32. Print Policy
  33. 33. “3D printing revolutionises our traditional relationship with cultural heritage. The museum visitor and the researcher are both facing unlimited possibilities: Artefacts that could only be seen behind a glass display case can now be touched and felt. At the same time, exact replicas can travel out of the country of origin and thus become accessible to researchers across the globe!” Dr Konstantinos Papadopoulos Postdoctoral Researcher in Digital Humanities “In the Design Innovation course, we currently have access to a 3d printer and the benefits are becoming more and more apparent to me as I progress through each module. Having the ability to quickly and cost effectively create a prototype of a concept which clearly communicates ideas to colleagues or end users is a great advantage throughout the innovation process. Others now having access to the 3d printer within the library, facilitates an open collaboration between a diversity of people who don't already have access to the technology within their respective departments.“ Stephen Cullen Msc student in Design Innovation
  34. 34. OPPORTUNITY The future outlooks for managing 3D printing services in university libraries appear very positive. With careful planning and execution, implementation of a library 3D printing studio can be fantastic opportunity for academic libraries worldwide. A model for managing 3D printing services in academic libraries by Scalfani, Vincent F; Sahib, Josh Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2013, Volume 72