It’s the first Thursday of the month and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight an instructional technology resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center (TRC) has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. Our first post of the school year highlights a new service in Joyner Library, 3D printing!
Do you know how common 3D printers are in North Carolina’s public schools? If it’s not now, it will be soon. NC State’s College of Education is busily working toward equipping every middle school in Wake County with a 3D printer. ECU’s own Innovation Design Lab is hoping to outfit seven (7) middle schools with a 3D printer by the end of the school year, and many other K-12 schools around the state have already started their own 3D printing initiatives.
3D printing in K-12 and higher education is definitely a trend. As a result, the TRC has been busy preparing two 3D printers for the College of Education and the rest of the campus community to use. I am proud to announce that, as of today, Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center is now accepting print requests for our 3D printers!
To help guide the ECU community, we have also developed a library guide for those who are unfamiliar with 3D printing, but would like to know more. Joyner Library currently has two 3D printers available for use, a FlashForge Creator Pro and a ZPrinter 310 (.pdf). We are also busy prepping a Lulzbot TAZ 5 for future use. This library guide will help you:
- Understand the two types of 3D printing Joyner Library supports in the What is 3D Printing? tab
- Identify appropriate 3D Modeling Software for your skill level and/or project
- Find and use 3D Printing Resources
- Use some 3D Printing Tips to make sure your model is ready to print before you submit a request
- Learn Joyner Library’s 3D printing policies and the cost to print
- Submit a 3D Print Request or schedule a Consultation with a 3D printing librarian
Contact us for help by email, 3Dprinting@ecu.edu.
Stay tuned for workshops and other professional development opportunities that involve 3D printing in K-12 and higher education in the months ahead.
We hope to hear from you soon!
Until next time…Dan Z. in the TRC.