Washington D.C. Now Offers 3D Printers for Users

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Have you always wondered just exactly how a 3D printer works and wanted to see it for yourself? If you live in Washington D.C., then you are in luck. At the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, patrons are now given the opportunity to use a new 3D printer.

The library started building its Digital Commons after receiving a $3.4 million dollar grant to modernize the library. The Commons just became open to the public in the middle of July. Here you can use technological devices like a Skype station and an Espresso Book Machine, which allows people to self-publish their work quickly.

In order to make sure users actually know how to use the devices in the Digital Commons section, the library has been hosting weekly 3D printing tutorials.

“They’re learning math skills, engineering skills, hard science skills. This is future job experience,” Nicholas Kerelchuck, the manager of the Digital Commons, told The Washington Post.

Each user has to pay $1 up front, and then $.05 per gram for everything they print.

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