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3D in Agriculture: Notes from the field
United States Agricultural Information Network 15th Biennial Conference ( Conference )
Royster, Melody
Stapleton, Suzanne
Minson, Valrie
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Gainesville, Florida
University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries
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3D printing is revolutionizing many fields, including agricultural sciences, by enabling “print-on-demand” tools and replacement parts as well as fast and affordable prototype designs. 3D printers are expected in agricultural dealerships and many farmer’s homes within 5-10 years. Agricultural librarians at institutions with 3D services can work with faculty to better prepare students for careers impacted by this technology. This lightening talk will discuss techniques for targeting 3D services to agricultural faculty. Since September 2013, science librarians at the University of Florida have offered 3D scanning and printing services. Over the past 12 months, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) students submitted 8% of the 3D print jobs at the science library yet these students represent 9.6% of the campus student population. Engineers, including Agricultural & Biological Engineering students, are the most common first adopters, recognizing the time and cost-savings of this technology for developing prototypes and structural components. However, there are many potential uses for other disciplines including horticultural and entomological sciences. Agricultural librarians at the University of Florida Marston Science Library are encouraging agricultural faculty to increase their use of library 3D services by bringing portable 3D printers to the field. MakerBot and PortaBot printers were taken to the Agronomy Fall Festival and the Annual CALS Teaching Symposium. Librarians were able to quickly demonstrate how the printers worked, discuss applications to increase student engagement and promote active learning, and answer questions on functional limitations of the printers. This personalized outreach to agricultural faculty has been popular and removed obstacles such as intimidation from learning a new technology or the time required to investigate the library service. Library 3D service program structure and specific agricultural uses of the technology will be shared during this lightning talk.
Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Suzanne Stapleton.
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Presentation made April 26, 2016 for Lightning Talks sponsored by the USAIN Technology Trends Interest Group.

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