Smithers Public Library director Wendy Wright with the library's new 3D printer.

3D printer new addition to Smithers library

A 3D printer is among a series of new technological resources now available at the Smithers Public Library.

A 3D printer which can be used to create anything from fishing lures to a prosthetic hand is now available to use at the Smithers Public Library.

The nifty device uses plastic filaments to “print” tangible items based on instructions from a computer.

Library director Wendy Wright said it was not as complicated as it sounds.

“You don’t have to know how to use this to come down and try it out,” she said.

“It’s all about learning new skills and trying out new ideas and coming up with new ideas and finding new ways to use this technology. It’s for people to experiment with.

“This isn’t for people who already do work with 3D printing, this is for everyone to see what it’s all about.”

Small figurines, building blocks, cookie cutters and toys are among the items which have already been made using the printer, which can take several hours to complete an item.

The machine currently uses digital files from an extensive online database but the library is planning to purchase a 3D scanner which will allow people to build replicas of existing items.

The library also has a series of technology kits including a Rasberry Pi, Finch Robot and Makey Makey, which can be borrowed for up to a week.

Wright said the items were purchased with grants and donations from the public, Pretium Resources, Seabridge Gold and the Bulkley Valley Community Foundation.

The library provides free sessions with a computer tutor for anyone who wants to upgrade their digital skills.

 

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