Survey of 3D Printing in the Library

Mar 2014| PRG033A| Primary Research Group

Report Highlights

The 50+ page study presents detailed data and commentary from 30 academic, public, special and school libraries about their experience with 3D printers. The report helps librarians to answer questions such as: What brands and models are librarians considering and which libraries are buying which brands and models? Are the printers purchased or leased? How much are libraries paying for their 3D printers? How heavily used are 3D printers by library patrons? How much staff time is consumed by 3D Printing? How much are materials costs for 3D printers? What is the best way to publicize the availability of a 3D printer? What kinds of technical problems do 3D printers pose for staff and library patrons? How many patrons attend classes to learn about 3D printing? How long is the typical 3D printing session? What are library patrons making with their 3D printers? What kind of software are libraries buying to go along with their 3D printers?

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