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3D Printers Head to Delaware Libraries


LEWES, Del. - The Delaware Division of Libraries has given eight libraries in Delaware 3D printers for public use.  

Two libraries in Kent County, two in New Castle County and four in Sussex County are all utilizing this new technology. The printers cost approximately $1,200.

One of the libraries in Sussex County is the Lewes Library, and Director Ed Goyda said it has been a rewarding experience.

"It was an offer from the Delaware Division of Libraries which is statewide agency who very much wants to get new technology out in front of the public and show them what's upcoming what's emerging," he explained. "They made the offer to the public libraries that we'll pay for it if you'll host it and we agreed to host it so that our customers could see this technology."

When Lewes resident Julie Stevenson saw the printer, she was shocked and excited.

"It's just wild, I'm just so intrigued by those," she said. "My husband told me about them a couple years back and so to see it in person is just wild."

The other Sussex County libraries are in Milton, Georgetown and Laurel. Right now the libraries' staff are just making prototypes, but soon the printer will be available for public use.

"I think from watching it it gives them the opportunity to see what this technology is capable of," Goyda said. "I think as people get more and more hands on with it that there's a lot of design work that people say I want this and they can sit down, they can open up the software learn to use the software to make it, bring it on in and have it printed for them."

The printers work by submitting a design through a computer, and then printing it with plastic through a tool similar to a hot glue gun. The design opportunities are seemingly endless. However, according to Goyda, the library staff will monitor what people print to avoid any dangerous or inappropriate 3D objects.

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