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Digital Services Department
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Jeff Zaino, Dept. Head
Laura Miller, Digital Services Librarian
Max Cohen, Digital Services Librarian
Judy Sgammato, Technology Assistant
Rod Van Loan, Technology Assistant
Phone: 203-594-5010
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Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers  who are interested in donating their time and talent by helping  train new users on the 3D printer. If you are interested, please email Lauren Howard , Teen Services Librarian, or call 203-594-5022. Students are welcomed!

 

Help Support Our Makerspace Effort

 

MakerBot on Twitter

 

Video Dubbing Station

We have two VHS dubbing stations where you can convert your old VHS tapes to CD format. You can schedule time to use the dubbing station by contacting the Information Desk at 203-594-5010.

 

MakerLab News

Meet Nao!

Stop by the Library's MakerLab and meet Nao, a humanoid robot. Acquired through a generous private gift, Nao recently joined the Library team and is ready to make his first public debut Friday, April 10 at 3:00 PM.

You will see Nao respond to voice commands, recognize faces, talk, walk, kick a soccer ball and dance. The 15 minute demonstration is free and open to the public; registration not required. Don't miss the opportunity to explore this fascinating new technology. The Nao robot is a fun way for all ages to learn about robotics and programming.

In addition to these demonstrations, we will soon be offering monthly classes on Choreographe, the software used to program Nao, as well as an open lab so you can start creating and testing your own apps for Nao.

If you have any questions please contact the Digital Services Department at 203-594-5010.

 

Checkout an Arduino Kit

Checkout one of our Arduino kits and explore the fascinating world of programmable electronics . The Arduino is a mini computer which offers a limitless array of programming possibilities from robotics to games and even gardening. The kits will appeal to all ages and interests, requiring only a desire to explore and experiment. 

We have 12 Arduino kits which you can checkout and use in the Library. The kits include self-guided instruction and project idea booklets to get you started right away building fun and interesting projects, while learning programming skills and electronic circuit design. Read the full article

The kits are made possible by a generous grant from The New Canaan Community Foundation

 

Library MakerLab Now Offers 3d Scanning

Come and explore an exciting new technology at New Canaan Library. We recently added a 3D scanner to our growing MakerLab space.The scanner is the latest upgrade this year to the Library’s MakerLab that includes new furniture, a 5th generation MakerBot 3D printer, as well as Hummingbird and Arduino kits for learning code and building electronic circuits, all made possible by a generous grant from the New Canaan Community Foundation. For the full article please click here.

You can also go look at Matter and Form Inc.'s Youtube Channel and blog for tutorials, tips, and tricks when 3d scanning.

 

STEAM at East School 2015

The Library had the opportunity to participate in STEAM night at East School this week. Nao (our recently donated robot) made his debut appearance to an enthastic audience of future engineers. The students also saw the 3D printer & Adruino kit in action.

 

New Furniture in the MakerLab

Thanks to a generous grant from the New Canaan Community Foundation, the MakerLab has new furniture, offering a more attractive and efficient space to create.

 

MakerBot Replicator 2x Demonstration

Check out this YouTube video showing the features of the MakerBot Replicator 2X.

 

Print Resources

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The Makerspace Workbench - Adam Kemp
ISBN: 9781449355678
Publication Date: 2013-09-24

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3D Printing for Dummies - Kalani Kirk Hausman
ISBN: 9781118660751
Publication Date: 2013-12-23

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3D Printing - Terence O'Neill; Josh Williams
ISBN: 9781624311383
Publication Date: 2013-08-01

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Make - 3D Printing - Anna Kaziunas France (Editor)
ISBN: 9781457182938
Publication Date: 2013-12-10

 

Digital Services Classes and Workshops

 

3D Printing Services

What is a 3D printer?
A 3D printer uses melted plastic to produce objects designed on a computer. Learn more about 3D printing.

 What model 3D printer does the Library offer?
Thanks to an anonymous private donation, the Library has a Makerbot Replicator 2X  and a MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation available to the public. The Replicator 2X has dual extruders which makes it capable of printing in two colors. The 2X is optimized for working with ABS filament. The 5th Gen has a single extractor prints, uses PLA filament and has a larger build plate. The 5 Gen also requires less setup and configuration.

 

How do I get to use the 3D printer?
At this time the Library has two 3D printers. Anyone wishing to use the printer must first attend a 3D certification class and submit a signed liability form. Classes run 30-45 minutes and provide a basic introduction in setting up the printer and getting started with 3D printing. Please check the column to the left to see when classes are being offered and register online. Classes are free, but limited to 12 people.

After completing the training class, you may schedule a 2-hour session to use the printer. Please call the Infomation Desk @ 203-594-5003 to schedule  time. Please try to book at least 48 hours in advance. Please be sure to read our 3D policy below and download, sign and return our liability form.

 

Hardware | Software

Our MakerSpace is currently equipment with the following hardware and software:

HARDWARE:
(2) 23" Touchscreen All-in-One PCs
with windows 8.1
(1)  MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D Printer
ABS Filament Colors: Blue, Red, Black, Orange, Yellow, Green, Glow in the Dark
(1) MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation
PLA Filament Colors: Black, White, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Purple, Warm Grey, Cool Grey

SOFTWARE:
3D Modeling
Blender
Sketchup

3D Printer
Makerware
Slic3r

Video Editing
TBA

Audio Production
TBA

 

3D Printer Policy & Liability Forms

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