If you have, you will have your chance to learn all about it, and try it, at the Dodge Center Public Library.
The library is the first of three area libraries to have a chance to try one out. It's part of a pilot program being tested by SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating), said library director Ingvild Herfindahl. The printer will be in Dodge Center for three months and then move on to Plainview and Zumbrota.
After the test period, Herfindahl said, SELCO will make the printer available to libraries who request it for a project.
3D printing has little to do with the laserjet printer in your office or home. With a 3D printer a thread of plastic filament is fed into the machine, heated to extremely high temperatures and pushed out a nozzle. Moving back and forth the printer head adds layer on layer until the design is completed.
Herfindahl has already tried the printer out several times making items as diverse as a fidgit spinner, cookie cutter, guitar pick, dachshund and a larger tower-shaped dice cut. Printing time ranged from four minutes for the guitar pick to 15 hours for the dice cup.
Herfindahl is planning on having three Introduction of 3D Printing classes during the time the printer is at the library. The first will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 11. In January there will be a session from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 3.
An open house at the library on Dec. 27 will also give an opportunity to learn about the printer.
For a hands-on project, a chance to make cookie cutters is planned for Saturday, Dec. 15.