Reimagining Main Library in 3D

The work to reimagine Main Library continues! Construction crews are busy inside the building installing HVAC, plumbing, and framing out new spaces.

One of these new spaces is the much-anticipated makerspace. The makerspace will be a destination for all Tacomans who are interested in tinkering, making, problem solving, and learning. The space will feature STEAM tools for all ages ranging from robotic LEGOs, Raspberry Pis, 3D printers, and studio equipment. Families, artists, entrepreneurs, and anyone who has a creative project to work on are invited to utilize the space.

Digital Media Instructor John Hargis has been busy ordering and preparing new equipment for the space. A recent highlight has been testing the capabilities of the new 3D printers.  

John says he’s looking forward to assisting patrons with this new technology available at TPL.

“The printers can construct a three-dimensional object, layer by layer, from a digital model. I know our patrons will look forward not only to the 3D printing process, but to the variety of items they can create.”

“For the designer, a 3D print file can be envisioned and created using popular modeling software such as Blender, Tinkercad, Adobe’s Substance 3D, and others,” Hargis explained.

Pictured below are a few of the objects TPL Media Lab Instructor John Hargis created while testing the 3D printers: