Planning and implementing a 3D printing service in a library may seem like a daunting task. Based upon the authors' experience as early adopters of 3D technology and running a successful 3D printing service at a large academic library, this guide provides the steps to follow when launching a service in any type of library. This book brings into one place all the guidance you need for developing and implementing a 3D printing service in any library.
Sara Russell Gonzalez is the Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Visualization Librarian at the Marston Science Library at the University of Florida. A former geophysicist, her research interests include emerging technologies in libraries, modeling and visualization of data, and scientific literacy instruction. She coordinates the Marston Science Library Visualization room, the MADE@UF software development lab, and the 3D printing service with Denise Bennett. Denise Beaubien Bennett is an Engineering Librarian Emeritus at the Marston Science Library at the University of Florida. She held many offices in divisions of ALA, including RUSA and RUSA MARS, the ACRL Science and Technology Section, and MARBI. She served as General Editor for ALA's Guide to Reference, and as the Division Editor of its Science, Technology, and Medicine Section. Her research interests include database searching, indexing, and evaluation; science librarianship; evaluation of reference tools; and responsible conduct of research (RCR) training. Her latest service interest is implementing 3D printing in academic libraries.
List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1. 3D Printing and its Applications in Libraries Chapter 2. 3D Printing and Printers Chapter 3. Before You Can Print: Getting a Model Chapter 4. What Makes a Good Printable Model? Chapter 5. Estimating Expenses and Assessing Your Service Chapter 6. Developing Your 3D Printing Services Chapter 7. Policy Development Chapter 8. Workflow Chapter 9. Preparation and Staff Training Chapter 10. Dealing with Difficulties Chapter 11. Outreach and Marketing Chapter 12. Looking Ahead Glossary Index About the Authors