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MNU Awarded 3D Printers for Mabee Library

MNU is the recent recipient of an in-kind grant of four 3D System “CUBE” printers, which will create a MakerSpace in Mabee Library.

3D printing is a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model. This is typically done by laying down many successive thin layers of material. The process of 3D printing is quickly gaining momentum in STEM education programs at all levels.

The award of these 3D printers aligns well with Library Director Bruce Flanders’ current initiative to partner with the Kansas City Open Hardware Group to offer classes in 3D printing to the community.

As project director, Flanders plans to assemble a cohort of faculty who would be early adopters of this new technology. Together, he says, they can impact student success at MNU.

The activities for this grant award will include:

  •    Designating an area within Mabee Library as a “MakerSpace”
  •    Incorporate 3D printing and scanning technology into MNU courses
  •    Provide professional development and/or teaching training on 3D printing technology, and partner with local schools/organizations
  •    Provide loaner access to 3D printers outside the structured programs

The public can view a printer during normal library hours.

 

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