3D Printer Project

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Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative
3D Printer Project Information

Introduction:   As one of the objectives set forth in the 2015-16 Work Plan, MMLC has earmarked funding for the purchase of several 3D printers.  This project is intended to give libraries a pilot opportunity to develop programming utilizing a 3D printer and other supporting equipment.

Equipment/Software Purchases: 
We are working on finalizing the specifications for a bundled package which includes a Lulzbot Mini 3D printer, a Matter & Form 3D scanner, and a Asus Laptop computer. In addition, we will provide the first filament, a Logitech wireless mouse, and a USB phub. Libraries will be responsible for replacement filament.

Regions of Cooperation:

  • Flint Public Library/Holly Township Library/Baker College – Flint/Mott Community College
  • Lapeer District Library/Dryden Township Library/Almont District Library/Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library/Goodland Township Library/North Branch Township Library
  • Chippewa River District Library/Coleman Public Library/Pere Marquette District Library
  • Shiawassee District Library/Vernon District Public Library/Community District Library/Laingsburg Public Library
  • Genesee District Library/Grand Blanc Community Schools
  • Capital Area District Library
  • Grace A. Dow Memorial Library/Public Libraries of Saginaw/Bay County Library System

Implementation Timeline: 
December 9 Deadline – Members Committed to Participation
December/January – Equipment Ordered/Received
January – Software Loaded
February/March – Distribution
March, 2016 through March, 2017

Advisory Council Meeting Agenda:
The February, 2016 meeting will be devoted to discussion of the project and will provide an opportunity for members in each region to meet. A worksheet will be given to participants so that process questions can be discussed and agreement reached on how the region will share equipment.  Speakers knowledgeable about 3D printer use in libraries will be featured during the meeting.  Another discussion topic will be policies for 3D printer use by patrons.  

Ongoing Support:
A series of conference calls will be scheduled so that libraries can share challenges, successes, and things they would have done differently.  Supporting information will be provided as the project progresses throughout the year.  MMLC staff will be available to answer questions and help manage logistics if needed.

Evaluation of Project: 
During the year, libraries will be responsible for reporting on specific events and ongoing use.  Each participating library will be asked to complete a final survey to assess the value of the project for their library.  The compiled evaluation document will be available for the MMLC Board and member Library Directors/Librarians. A report will be made to the MMLC Board and Advisory Council by the MMLC Director.