Librarians as leaders: Expanding 3D printing into the agricultural classroom

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Librarians as leaders: Expanding 3D printing into the agricultural classroom
Stapleton, Suzanne
Royster, Melody
Minson, Valrie
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Gainesville, FL
University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries
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Poster presented at American Library Association ACRL Science & Technology Section's Poster Session on June 27, 2016 in Orlando, FL.

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Librarians as leaders: Expanding 3D printing into the agricultural classroom Suzanne Stapleton, Melody Royster, and Valrie Minson University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries, Marston Science Library Introduction The George A. Smathers Libraries implemented 3D printing in 2013 and now produces over 1,000 models per year. UF agricultural science student usage is underrepresented compared to students of other colleges (Fig 1). Meanwhile, 3D printing technology is rapidly expanding in agricultural industries. In order to provide experiential learning experiences and better prepare students for careers in agriculture, librarians at Marston Science Library promoted 3D services to the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) Acknowledgements to Sara Russell Gonzalez, Denise Bennett, Tara Cataldo & Austin Marcelles 3.6% Portable 3D printer attracts attention Fall Harvest Festival, 2015 Make the microscopic visible: Pollen grains of sunflower, spruce, cattail and evening primrose from University of Illinois Pollen Power Camp. Prototype parts: Drone body and supports designed and printed on 3D printer Substitute for live samples: a. Blue crab, Smithsonian X3D, b. Juvenile gopher tortoise, UF undergraduate. a. b. Affordable replicas of rare equine teeth fossils Outreach to expand 3D printing usage occurred in two ways: 1) Transport portable 3D printers to CALS events for decreased barriers to technology 2) Work with individual faculty to integrate 3D printing into agricultural science education Conclusion With 3D services, librarians at land grant institutions can enhance the technological skills of the next generation of agriculturalists through experiential learning. Patrons bring or email stl or obj files to the library Staff slice and review printing options Payment is accepted (credit card or P.O.) Print job is added to queue, average printing time 3 5 hrs Staff emails patron when job is completed; patron picks up model from Circulation Desk. Contact: Suzanne Stapleton: Melody Royster: Val Minson: Space: Two study rooms transformed into 3D Printing & Scanning Labs Highly visible, secure, & ventilated 3D Service Desk incorporated into Reference Desk MakerBot Replicator 2 is our most reliable printer Results 3D printing in agricultural classes can be used to make the microscopic visible, engineer and build prototype parts or products, substitute for live samples, produce affordable replicas of rare fossils, create instructional manipulatives, and serve as an interdisciplinary bridge between arts, sciences and engineering (samples below). Personnel: Training for service & maintenance Staff 3D Service Desk 9am 4 pm Create manipulatives for nutrition education. Modelling by A. Marcelles Portable PrintrBot Simple Metal is great for outreach 3D Services Desk at Marston College Models build a bridge between art and science. UF Insect Art Trail. Ant model design P. Nichols for Moreau Lab. What can 3D printing in agriculture education be used for? Portable 3D Printers Check it out! We plan to circulate Printrbot Play 3D printers soon. Next Steps Continue outreach of 3D services to CALS Use CT scanner to create new models for instruction Assess impact of outreach efforts Fig. 1 3D Printing Facility Costs: Equipment funded by Student Technology Fee Grant 3D Printers price range $400 $4,500 Job fees: $0.15 / gm with $3 min A start up 3D lab can be developed for $1,500 3D Printing Lab at Marston 3D Printing Service Steps