CHICAGO — The Harold Washington Library Center is ready to get caught up in the 3D printing craze.
The technology will be part of a free-to-use "Maker Lab" open to the public. The lab will have three 3D printers, two laser cutters, a milling machine and vinyl cutter, as well as computers with meshing and sketching software.
The lab will be open from July 8 to Dec. 31. After that, the library will "evaluate the project to determine ... the ability to bring the project, or elements of it, to a wider audience in the neighborhood branches," according to a news release from Chicago Public Libraries.
It will be the first free "maker" space for the public in Chicago, according to Chicago Public Libraries. The Maker Lab was made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.