3D Print Lab in the UF Libraries


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3D Print Lab in the UF Libraries
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Technology Fee Full Proposal Template Title : 3D Print Lab in the UF Libraries Proposer : Sara Gonzalez (Marston Science Library (MSL) ), Amy Buhler (MSL), Denise Bennett (MSL), Tara Cataldo (MSL), Michael Howell (MSL), Margeaux Johnson (MSL), Vernon Kisling (MSL), Michelle Leonard (MSL), Ann Lindell (Architecture & Fine Arts (AFA)) Valrie Mi nson (MSL), Cliff Richmond (Health Sciences Center Library (HSCL) ) Melody Royster (MSL) Sponsoring Organization : UF Libraries Purpose and Specific Objectives : Purpose : To acquire 3D printing and scanning equipment in the Marston Science Library (MSL) and the Health Science Center Library (HSCL) for use by all UF students and faculty. Introduction : 3D printing technology has existed for several decades but the technology has matured to the point that print costs are no longer a barrier for educational in itiatives. 3D printing offers the innovative opportunity to quickly create a physical copy of a 3D digital model, essential for rapid prototyping of a concept. This technology is common now in engineering firms, health care, and in architecture and fine arts. It is imperative for students to be able to explore and become familiar with this key technology to foster creativity, visualize multi dimensional objects, and prepare for future careers. To see examples of 3D print objects, visit www.thingiverse.com University libraries serve as a central space for all disciplines and thus are uniquely suited to make visualization technology available. Recently, several academic university libraries, such as North Carolina State, University of Nevada at Reno, and Dalhousie University, have installed 3D printing and scanner equipment, resulting in high usage and intere st by both students and faculty. The UF Libraries has experience and a proven history of providing information and computing resources for general student use and the acquisition of 3D printers/scanners will further the undergraduate and graduate student populations, across all disciplines. We anticipate faculty usage as well, especiall y for instructional purposes. Description: MSL will house 1 medium and 1 lower resolution printers, and a 3D digital scanner. HSCL will host a medium resolution 3D printer and 3D digital scanner. Each scanner will be connected to a workstation plus large monitor to create and edit scanned models. A student assistant (20 hrs/week) will be employed to assist with the printing in MSL Patrons will deliver a 3D object file to the MSL or HSCL service desk to be assisted by a librarian in selecting the appropriate print resolution, material type, and to place it in the print queue, handled by a workstation connected to the printers. Stu dents will be expected to create the 3D object file themselves either by using the library 3D scanner The current printers being considered are the Stratasys UPrint SE+ and the lower resolution Makerbot Replicator 2. evaluate equipment before purcha se. Instruction is an important component to introducing this technology so we will offer workshops and online tutorials to teach new users how to create and modify 3D models. These workshops and training will be held in coordination with the staff of the Fab Lab so that students will learn not only 3D modeling skills but also the range of fabrication opportunities available at UF. Existing Infrastructure: There are several 3D printers located in various faculty labs on campus and recently the A 2 Fab Lab opened its production equipment to the UF community with a membership cost. The Fab Lab has 2 very high resolution 3D printers, laser cutters, scanners and a router. This proposal does not duplicate their existing 3D print services but rather complements the Fab Lab by offering entry level lower resolution 3D printing for


students who want to explore 3D printing for either class or personal use. Students who seek high resolution, production quality printing will be referred to the A 2 Fab Lab. Impact/Ben efit : The impact of these resources is potentially enormous since the 3D printers and scanners will be available for use by the entire UF community Based off our preliminary queries to departments, we anticipate that engineering students will find it par ticularly useful, impacting almost 5000 undergraduates and almost 3000 graduate students The equipment will also be highly visible to students, centrally located in the Marston Science and Health Science Center Libraries. Both libraries have a high leve l of traffic, with over 705,000 students visiting MSL in 2012. Students need the ability to create 3D models to rapidly turn an idea into a physical prototype. 3D printing also enables students to print out a representation of a concept (such as a molecul e) and, by examining it tactilely rather than a 2D representation on a monitor, gain a better understanding of the object. Some potential uses at UF include: Anthropology : Replication of artifacts, skeletons Figure 1 : Artifact Replicas from 3D images printed in the 3D printer in the LSU Digital Imaging and Visualization in Archaeology (DIVA) lab, as well as the original artifact. (Photo courtesy H McKillop, Anthropology News, 2/6/2013) Architecture: Production of phys ical models of architectural structures Biological Sciences: Reconstruction of extinct organisms/fossils, production of genetic structures. Professor Monika Oli teaches MCB 2000L ( 800 students/semester ) and plans to use the 3D resources for her instructio n: been planning to use a 3d printer for several of our projects, but have not had the opportunity to work with someone who could help me with this. Th ere are several projects I want to use the printer for with my students. 1. I want to produce 3D models of bacteria, parasites and viruses and study sub cellular organelles. This will be used for the class and also for rotating exhibit in our building. 2. I am spearheading a project where I combine art and microbiology and am interested to use the printer for more abstract educational art projects, which in turn can be used for outreach and K 12 education. We have over 800 students per semester and th e 3D printer would be a great way to introduce students to current and cutting edge


Figure 2 : Molecules, printed using Replicator (http://www.blog.csc.mrc.ac.uk/?p=184) Chemical Sciences: Production of molecular structures to better visualize interactions and complexities; production of custom lab equipment for specialized experiments. Civil and Coastal & Mechanical Engineering: el; replicate lab equipment or mechanical parts, prototyping of custom pieces for undergraduate/graduate projects Geography/Geospatial Sciences: Visualization of GIS and topographical data; modeling of watersheds Figure 3 : 0.6 x 0.9 meter scale model of Seattle ( http://www.rapidtoday.com/GIS 3D Printing.html ) Industrial & Systems Engineering : Dr. Keith Stanfill, director of the Integrated Product & Process Design Program, stated that service 125 students enrolled/semester ). Health Sciences: Visualization of anatomical models; production of custom research equipment The six HSC colleges represent 6,900 students and approximately 1,129 residents. Figure 4 : Anatomic Human Foot Model ( http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:22628 )


As students become more familiar with the technology, we anticipate the discovery of uses across all departments and disciplines. The UF Libraries have a librarian liaison for every UF de partment and we will reach out to instructors to better integrate this technology into their coursework. Sustainability: The re curring costs will be sustained through print charges based upon the materials used. R eplacement costs will be based upon expected lifespan of equipment, annual maintenance and repairs. We are projecting usage based upon statistics at other academic libraries and the feedback from UF course instructors. We are estimating 500 print jobs/semester for each printer of size 15 g (Replicator 2) and 2 in 3 (UPrint SE+). Assuming a 3 year lifespan, annual maintenance costs (after the 1 year service plan) of $300/printer and using current prices for plastic, we will need to charge $0.25/gr and $7.10/in 3 to sustain the 3D printers. For reference, a standard 2x4 Lego brick would cost $0.63 on the Replicator 2 or $2.09 on the higher resolution UPrint SE+ printer. Print charges will be evaluated semi annually in order to address fluctuation in material costs and activity. Timeline: Au gust 2013 Funding awarded 3D printers, scanners, monitors, computers ordered Signage, online tutorials created September 2013 Equipment received, installed in MSL and HSCL Staff trained in equipment usage Student hired to assist in printing and maintenance of equipment October 2013 3D printing and scanning services begin Workshops held and outreach to students and instructors begin Ongoing Statistics on printer and scanner usage kept


Technology Fee Full Proposal Template Title : 3D Printing and Scanning at the UF Libraries Sara Gonzalez (Marston Science Library (MSL) ), Amy Buhler (MSL), Denise Bennett (MSL), Tara Cataldo (MSL), Michael Howell (MSL), Margeaux Johnson (MSL), Vernon Kisling (MSL), Michelle Leonard (MSL), Ann Lindell (Architecture & Fine Arts (AFA)) Valrie Minson (MSL), Cliff Richmond (Health Sciences Center Library (HSCL) ) Melody Royster (MSL) BUDGET Equipment Quantity Cost per unit Total Cost UPrint SE+ 2 $26 ,000 $52 ,000 Makerbot Replicator 2 (includes warranty, 1 yr plastic filament) 1 $3,525 $3,525 3D NextEngine Scanner 2 $2995 $5,990 MultiDrive (aid in 3D model creation) 2 $995 $1,990 ScanStudio HD Pro (expands processing to increase speed, higher detail) 2 $995 $1,990 RapidWorks (converts 3D scans to solid models) 2 $2995 $5,990 3 Year Extended Warranty 2 $295 $590 Workstations (Dell quote) OptiPlex 9010 Small Form Factor w/ Standard PSU, Windows 7 Professional, No Media, 64 bit, English 4 $ 742.70 $ 2970.8 0 Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24 inch Widescreen Monitors with Dell MDS14 Dual Monitor Stand 4 $ 739.49 $ 2957.96 NEC Large Monitor 46" E462 Full HD LCD Display with Tuner, Black 2 $684.88 $ 1369.76 Student Assistant 1 at 20 hrs/wk, $8.50/hr for 42 weeks $7,140 TOTAL $86,513.52