3D printing

October 3D Printing Orientation Now Available

Our September 3D printing orientation sessions filled up to capacity, but no worries!  We now have October sessions available.  Registering and attending one of these sessions allows you to schedule time on the printers and create objects of your own or others' making, such as this iPhone case, which can be found free on the site Thingiverse here.

October dates scheduled are:

  • - Wednesday, October 1st, 7:00 PM
  • - Thursday, October 9th, 7:00 PM
  • - Monday, October 13th, 7:00 PM
  • - Saturday, October 18th, 10:30 AM
  • - Wednesday, October 22nd, 7:00 PM
  • - Monday, October 27th, 7:00 PM

Call or visit us today to register for one of these sessions and get yourself one step closer to using this fascinating, groundbreaking technology!

3D Printing @ Freeman Branch Library - First Customer

Alex was HCPL's first 3D printing customer, and what she created didn't disappoint! She found and printed from the site Thingiverse.com a free model of the Infinity Orb from the recent movie "Guardians of the Galaxy," which can be accessed here.

You too can start using this fun and fascinating technology of the future right here in the present. Visit the library or call 281-488-1906 to register now for one of several 3D printing orientation sessions available this month at Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library:

  • - Thursday, 9/11, 7:00 PM
  • - Saturday, 9/13, 10:30 AM
  • - Wednesday, 9/17, 7:00 PM
  • - Monday, 9/22, 7:00 PM

A 3D Printer—In 3D!

MAkerBot PrinterGood news, everyone! We will be holding another 3D design presentation. Even better news—this time we’ll have a 3D printer for you to experience!

3D printing has exploded over the last few years. Nowadays you can design and print 3D objects without leaving your desk. Come and learn how with HCPL's printer.

Like last time space is limited, so you’ll want to register. Everything you need to know for the October 2nd presentation can be found on our on-line calendar.

If you can’t make it to the presentation, then don’t fear. During CreekFest on Saturday, October 4, the library will be demonstrating the printer for the public. There’s no need to register for that. Just come visit the library with your questions.

3D Printing Service Begins in September

3D printing service begins in September at Freeman Branch Library!  Here are the basics:

  • - Print time may be scheduled upon first registering for and completing an orientation session. Call the library at 281-488-1906 or visit at 16616 Diana Lane to register. September orientation dates are 9/3, 9/11, 9/17, and 9/22 beginning at 7:00 PM. If orientation cannot be attended on any of the available dates, please speak with staff to determine if other arrangements can be made.
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  • - Once orientation is complete, customers may schedule print time on either the MakerBot Replicator 2 or re:3D's Gigabot large-format printer by visiting the link www.hcpl.net/content/3d-printing-policy . Printing reservations will be taken beginning 9/4, following the first orientation session.
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  • - Printing cost is 10 cents per gram and is payable by cash or check to the Friends of Freeman Library, who supply PLA filament (printing material).

The Lee Innovation Lab is still under development. In the meantime, we are pleased to begin offering this new service and experience to our customers thanks to our many supporters.

Innovation Lab - 3D printing update

We recently found a very practical way to test re:3D's large-format Gigabot 3D printer.  Recognizing that we would need lettering to mark the Lee Innovation Lab in its eventual home on the second floor, we found a font we liked, tweaked it, converted it to the proper format, and let the printer do the rest.  We had to change the filament

Announcement: Innovation Lab

Who are these people in this random photograph?  They're HCPL administrators Ron Lucik and Gene Rollins, along with representatives of Rice & Gardner Consultants, Inc.  What are they doing in the library's Quiet Area?  Two words: Innovation Lab.  What's that?  Well, in short, it will be a place where people of all ages can come and imagine, collaborate, and learn using unique creative technologies.  Here is just one of the many things you might see in this space once it's completed:  Click here to see something cool.  

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