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3D printing opens new doors in Livingston

3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago December 04, 2013 Dec 4, 2013 Wednesday, December 04 2013 December 04, 2013 5:45 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rebecca Buchanan

LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Main Library has a 3D printer anyone can use for five cents per gram.

The machine is changing manufacturing as we know it, since it can make pieces and parts in minutes. In Livingston, people are using it to make parts they can no longer get their hands on, tools, and trinkets.

All they have to do is download the 3D model file they want to use from the internet, plug it into the machine, and watch the printer do all the work. Lots of models can be found on-line, but some have to be scanned with a 3D scanner or made using 3D software.

"It's going to help people who have ideas, it's going help people who like to create things that think I can make a small business from this, weather it's from their home or bigger,it's another tool that they can add to their inventory to help create products, services, things like that," said Craig Billings with 3D-XSTREAM.

Billings is teaching classes at the Livingston Parish Main Library, to help people learn how to use the machine for what they need.

The next 3D Design class is Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Livingston Parish Main Library at 6 p.m. For questions or to sign up call (225) 686-2436.

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