LA Library Hosts 3D Printer Display at Science Day 2016

Posted by Editor On April - 24 - 2016

LA Library Hosts 3D Printer Display at Science Day 2016

On Saturday, April 23, the Los Angeles Public Library celebrated Science Day 2016, a youth-oriented science festival, which included a 3D printer display printing a variety of plastic toys in an effort to bring public knowledge and child interest to 3D printing.

Hosted at the main branch of the public library at 630 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles, the Science Day fair was a popular venue for children and their parents to discover a variety of science experiments and developing science toy manufacturers to market their new learning products. Included in the fair were two Makerbot Replicator 3D printers running simultaneously. Librarians Rory Fisher and Min Ly operated the display and fielded questions from children and parents alike who were delighted with the opportunity to see 3D printers in action.

Fisher spoke with 3D Printr Magazine about the library’s role in providing 3D printer awareness. He mentioned that the Makerbots were the only 3D printers the library had and that the library was actively seeking 3D company participation in providing more printers to the public library for further use in displays and promotions. Fisher contemplated on the future of public access to 3D printers through library use: “We still have a number of factors to work through before people can come in and print their downloaded files.” Fisher added that some security protocols would have to be in place as well as safety factors in running the machines, but that there would be a time in the future when the devices would have greater public access.