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3D Printing for Your Prototype at Plano Library

April 12, 2018 by

In John Brandon’s article “How to Join the 3-D-Printing Revolution Today” (link to article) from Inc. magazine, he says, “If you think 3-D printing doesn’t affect your business–think again. Entrepreneurs are already using it to manufacture almost anything you can imagine: toys, clothes, candy, prosthetic body parts–even cars and houses. The basics of so-called additive manufacturing have been around for decades: Machines ranging in size from large floor installations to office accessories spit out layers upon layers of plastic, molded into prototypes, components, or full products.”

The following steps are detailed in the article helping any entrepreneur go from designing a prototype to producing the final product. The Plano Public Library can be central to that process.

The Basics of 3-D Printing

Step 1. Design – Prototypes are increasingly popular, because they allow customers to test and order their ideal products.

Step 2. Upload – In order to design your prototype use free 3D design programs like Sculptris, or Tinkercad.

* Learn the software at one of our classes at the Davis Library this spring. There is a class Saturday April 21 at 10 am. *

Step 3. Print – Print at the Davis Library. Objects are printed in PLA or ABS thermoplastic in a single color with 3D Systems CubePro 3D printer or PolyPrinter. Size limit is 9”x9”x9” and cost is $.20/gram.

Step 4. Prep – You might have to sand or polish.

Step 5. Enjoy – You’ve got your prototype!


Go further at the Plano Public Library! Learn more about 3D printing at the library with classes, books, or the online library service Lynda.com.


April 21 at 10 am at Davis Library

7501-B Independence Pkwy



Koch, Melissa. 3d Printing: The Revolution in Personalized Manufacturing. 2018 (link)
Horvath, Joan C. Mastering 3d Printing: [modeling, Printing and Prototyping with Reprap-Style 3d Printers]. 2014 (link)


Lynda.com classes:

Learning 3D Printing (link)

This course draws a roadmap for getting started with 3D printing (aka additive manufacturing), from choosing a printer to learning about 3D modeling.

Rapid Prototyping for Product Design (link)

This course gives a solid understanding of the available prototyping processes, and knowledge of the machinery and tools to bring your product through the prototyping stage and into the real world.


Twitter and your job search.

April 3, 2018 by

In Careerbuilder.com’s website, Adrienne Erin writes about how Twitter can help future employees find a job.

Many employers are snooping around future employee’s social media sites. One sure-fire way of finding a job can be good branding, and by advertising your standing and prominence in your field. Making a list of people you would like to follow helps potential employers see the people and popularity you are pursuing. Another point to note is to share great content. In addition, while doing so make sure to add your thoughts and ideas to what you have read. Share breaking news related to your industry and articles of what you have been reading. This shows that you are continually learning and growing. The third and final point is to establish a following. This indirectly establishes you as a leader in your industry.

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