Jeremy Lusignan works on a 3D printer during an El Dorado Hills Library Class as his mother Nancy Lusignan watches. Photo by Julie Samrick

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Library’s 3D printer camp a success

By From page A3 | November 01, 2017

For more than a year, the El Dorado Hills Library has offered 3D printer services for the community, including the making of affordable prosthetics. Library volunteer and 3D printer guru Greg Self hosted the library’s first, week-long 3D printer camp earlier this fall, where participants as young as 10 years old built their own 3D printer to take home.

“We get a lot of requests about classes for 3D printing and to date still don’t have a dedicated class,” Self told Village Life. “It dawned on me that perhaps the best training would be to actually build a 3D printer. The library was up for the idea and we started a sign-up sheet for anyone interested in attending. With that in place I started looking for another 3D printer build camp to use as reference, but being unable to find a similar program anywhere else I basically winged it for our camp.”

Participants were guided each evening for six consecutive days on how to assemble a Tevo Tarantula printer. By day two, many of the participants had their printer working and were printing accessories to add to their creations.

By day four, participant and Oak Ridge junior Jeremy Lusignan was printing a spool holder. Jeremy, a volunteer in the 3D print lab, was thinking about buying his own 3D printer when he heard about the opportunity to build one at the camp. “I’ve learned a lot,” Jeremy said during the experience.

Jeremy’s mother, Nancy Lusignan, attended the camp with her son since he is a minor. “Greg has been going a mile a minute. He’s been so helpful,” she said. “We wouldn’t have been able to build one without him.”

The cost of the camp covered the cost of the parts only and participants are encouraged to attend free monthly follow-up meetings “to share and to learn together,” Self said.

“We’ve already had requests for another camp but we’re still doing a post-mortem on the first one,” Self added. “I have ideas about what to do next time but want to hear more from the campers. If we do have another camp it would likely be next year. Scheduling the library’s community room is the biggest challenge because the camp takes a week to complete and the room is blocked off the entire time.”

For more information about library events visit eldoradolibrary.org.

Julie Samrick

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