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3D Printers Lend a Helping Hand

3d printer

The MakerBot 3D Printer has been at the Islip Library during February and will be there throughout the month of March. If you haven’t yet seen it in action yet, stop by the Adult Reference Desk to take a look, and to find out about programs using the printer.

While we have the 3D Printer for Febrary and March, we volunteered to work with an organization called Enabling the Future and have been busy printing 3D assistive mechanical hands, called the Raptor Hand. Enabling the Future is a global network of volunteers who are using 3D printing to give a helping hand to children in need; there are nearly 7,000 members and approximately 2,000 hands that have been created and gifted for free to individuals in over 45 countries.

During Teen Tech Week (March 7-11), teens will work in groups to assemble these devices and then we’ll donate them to Enable.

Laurie Aitken

Laurie Aitken

Laurie Aitken has been a librarian at the Islip Public Library since 1997. She is the programming librarian and books almost all of our adult programs. Laurie lives with her husband, two sons, and four chihuahuas. Her interests include reading (mostly nonfiction about dogs and about Christianity), going to the gym, and volunteering at her church. Click here to subscribe to Laurie Aitken's blog posts!

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