02:17PM, Friday 30 September 2016
Pokemon characters, personalised bookmarks and miniature busts are all items that can now be created using Maidenhead Library’s new 3D printer.
The equipment, which cost around £1,800 to buy was launched by Cllr Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and committees, at the library in St Ives Road on Monday.
Residents will now be able to create or download designs which can be printed to create a 3D object.
Pablo Calvo, inquiries officer at Maidenhead Library, said: “People can come in and create things like bookmarks, figurines or an iPhone case using the printer.
“The printer heats the plastic up to 200 degrees and then the design is printed layer by layer.
“It can take from 45 minutes to three hours for the more complicated things like busts.
“You don’t need design skills; people can download them online for free or create their own.
“We’re looking for volunteers with knowledge that might be able to run workshops using the printer.”
During the launch, Cllr Rayner had her head scanned to create a miniature bust.
She said: “We are always looking at how new technologies can help improve services and our much-loved libraries are no exception.
“Seeing the printer recreate a scan of me was certainly an eye-opening experience and I look forward to seeing residents and school groups exploring new possibilities with this equipment.”
The printer cost £4 to use and then £1 for every 15 minutes.
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