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In the fall of 2015, a university’s main campus library launched a 3D printing service. During the service’s first full year of operation, the community exhibited a tremendous amount of interest in 3D printing technology according to numerous measures. Subsequently, however, relatively few patrons submitted print requests. In response, additional resources for educating and training patrons have been created in order to improve access and lower barriers to entry. Library staff have also conducted a broader, campus-wide marketing campaign, begun offering additional workshops to further educate the campus community, and worked directly with faculty who may be interested in incorporating 3D printing into course assignments. The various marketing campaigns, methods, and educational programming that have led to the 3D printing service gaining further traction and getting further off the ground are reported. It includes the library leveraging its 3D printing service to directly support engineering students’ formation of a “maker” club and a new entrepreneurship course to be offered to both business and engineering students in the spring of 2017.
Zuberbier, D. P., & Agarwala, R., & Chin, R. A., & Sanders, M. M. (2017, June), Board # 55 : Climbing to Cruising Altitude: Promoting an Academic Library's 3D Printing Service Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27879
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