Chadron Library introduces 3D printing

The public at large had its first look at the Chadron Library’s new 3D printer at the facility’s business after hours event. The small 3D printer was donated to the library by the Chadron Public Library Foundation to bring cutting-edge technology to both the library and the surrounding region, said library director Rosella Tesch.

“(3D printers) have the promise of many different things,” she said, pointing out that the printers can be used to make everything from crafts and jewelry to school projects. The printers also are used in the medical field, to construct houses and even to make steaks using filaments made of protein.

The printer will be available for patrons to use for their own creations, and the library plans to offer classes on the piece of equipment. Tesch has also added books on 3D printing to the library’s collection. The library will charge $0.20 per gram for each creation printed to help cover the costs of the recycled plastic filament used in the printer. … (Read more)