3D printing coming soon to libraries

Budding inventors, creators, aspiring entrepreneurs and enthusiastic hobbyists will soon be able to turn ideas into reality at their local library as a new GBP 76,000 3D printing project is rolled out across Scotland to improve access to new technology and encourage creativity in communities. 3D printing allows people to use a computer file to create a three-dimensional object by using successive layers of material. Creating product prototypes is just one practical use of 3D printing to support research and development and manufacturing. It can also be used to make everyday objects, such as broken or missing parts.

Now, the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) is aiming to inspire communities to develop innovative and imaginative uses for 3D printing with a national programme to install a 3D printer and scanner with materials within every library service in Scotland. Each library service has appointed a 3D Printing Champion, who will promote and support the 3D printer and develop bespoke projects within their local communities.

Pamela Tulloch, Chief Executive, SLIC said: “I believe 3D printing in public libraries offers huge potential for local communities to learn and create. Thanks to additional funding from the Scottish Government, more people will have access to this exciting technology. Who knows what it might lead to in some communities – the possibilities are endless and ground-breaking ideas can from the most unexpected places.”