Five area libraries sharing device
By Jane Myhra
A three-dimensional printer is on display in the Sturm Memorial Library in Manawa.
The 3-D printer was purchased as part of a federal grant project and is shared with five public libraries. The total cost for the basic model is about $1,300.
The 3-D printer is only in Manawa on a temporary basis, according to Library Director Ellen Connor.
Described as the next major disruptive technology, 3-D printers are becoming more affordable, according to Connor. It produces objects copied by a 3-D scanner.
Mark Harger, general manager for Kolbe Windows and Doors in Manawa, said he recently obtained a 3-D printer for the facility. He was surprised at how affordable it was to obtain the technology.
When asked how soon the library will purchase its own 3-D printer, Connor said it depends on the community’s needs.
“We need to have a real clear idea of what we will do with it and how it will benefit the community,” she said.