Dear all, 


On behalf of NSC@P, please find following and attached a press release
concerning the installation of 3D Printers (Makerbot Replicator 2) at NSC@P
sites, in partnership with Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library. 


For more information on the program, please contact Melanie Pauls, Community
Access to Technology Coordinator at Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library. 

((902) 863-0808, Cell: (902) 386-2877, [log in to unmask]).


With kind regards, 
~ Trecia


Trecia Schell, BSc(Hon), MSc, PhD, MLIS

Community Services Librarian (Programming, Public Relations, Outreach,
Books-by-Mail, Adult Services)

& Branch Manager,  Stellarton and River John Public Libraries

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

182 Dalhousie Street |  PO box 276  New Glasgow, NS B2H 5E3


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3D printing at a CAP site near you

The Nova Scotia Community Access program, in partnership with
Pictou-Antigonish Regional Libraries, is rolling out the latest in 3
dimensional printing technologies in River John, Antigonish, and New

Called Makerspaces, each CAP site/library will have a dedicated Makerbot
Replicator 2 printer available to print 3 dimensional models that have been
either downloaded from the Internet or created using free software such as
Google Sketchup. Explains NSCAP Chair Eric Stackhouse "Our plan is to have
sixteen printers publically available in communities across Nova Scotia, we
don't know of any other jurisdiction the size of Nova Scotia that has done
this. These three are just the beginning; more will follow in May." The 3D
printing technology is part of the new NSCAP mandate to introduce new
technologies, encourage everyone to think how they can use technology to be
more productive, engage youth in science, and generally to develop a
learning community through cooperation and sharing of new skills.

3D printing, or distributed manufacturing, is a new technology that has the
potential to change the way items are made and distributed. A 3 dimensional
model or idea can be made into a physical object on site. It is being used
by all sectors and by large and small businesses wishing to develop
prototypes. But it is also being used by those with creative minds. 3D
printers have a wide range of price and capability; the Replicator 2 is
designed for those getting started with this technology. The objects are
printed in PLA, a strong natural substance made from plants.

"As we are on the leading edge, it will take us a while to develop the best
way to have the public access this." says Stackhouse. "But if you bring in
your 3D idea on a USB flash drive we can help you print it."

Funding for this initiative is a combination of community funds and funding
provided by the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism.
NSCAP has partnered with Dalhousie University Libraries in this initiative. 

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For further information:


Melanie Pauls, Community Access to Technology Coordinator

(902) 863-0808

Cell: (902) 386-2877

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Greg Hayward, Supervising Librarian - New Glasgow and Trenton Public

(902) 752-8233

Cell: (902) 331-1171

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