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Teen Summer Reading 2017

This summer, get more bank for your books! By registering for Summer Reading and recording at least 1 book starting June 20, you will be entered in a chance to win a $50.00 Visa Gift Card. The more books you read, the more chances you will have to win!

If you read 7 books in 7 weeks over the summer, you will automatically win a prize of a free 3D Print from the library. This can be anything within a 2-hour print limitation, which includes Minecraft swords, customized fidget spinners, and anything else you can dream up.

You must be a West Caldwell or Caldwell Resident going into 6th-12th grade to enter. You can start an account at https://wcplnj.beanstack.org.

Want to Attend Events at West Caldwell Public Library? Register Here.

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The Quick Fix: How to 3D Print

Welcome to the world of 3D Printing!

While there are seemingly endless options of things to choose from in the Thingiverse 3D printing opensource database, if you want to make full use of a local 3D printer, you will need to know how to design your own products.

Starting from Scratch:

Essential tools for creating your own 3D print will include some extra software on your computer. If you have a Windows 10 operating system, you will have a 3D printing software available automatically on your home computer. This is not to be disregarded and you should take a look at some of the capability it offers. What I am going to discuss here are the free options available to everyone with an internet connection.


Safe link to download: http://www.getpaint.net/index.html

Before you start with 3D modelling, try brushing up on your photo editing skills with this free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. This will help you get used to using a mouse to orient and select items. It will also be very important for translating photographs to 3D printable objects.



Safe link: http://app.selva3d.com/

This in-browser application’s only purpose is to change photographs (.png or .jpg) into the right format for editing in 3D printing software (.stl).



Safe link: https://www.tinkercad.com/

This in-browser 3D Print editing software allows you to create from scratch, splice from a free design, and more. Since it is directly connected with Thingiverse, anything you make in this site can be uploaded to the database for others to use. All photos must be put through Selva3D if you want to edit them in this database. Downloading your object from this site as an .stl object and bringing it to the library is an easy way to see it come to life!


Safe link: https://ultimaker.com/en/products/cura-software

This downloadable software is how we manage the print settings on our Ultimaker 2+. If you want to have your item printed a certain way, this is offers a lot of flexibility on control and heating. To save your settings and keep them the way you want, you will need to save your completed project as a .gcode file.

Some Quick Tips Before Getting Started:

  • A photograph (.jpg) will translate best into a 3D print (.stl) if it has high contrast and is grayscale.
  • Join an online community. Whether it is through Reddit or Thingiverse or Instructables or through the Ultimaker site, there are a lot of training videos and active helpers available to answer all of your 3D Printing questions. A community-answered question is always the best type of answer.
  • Not sure how to do something? Watch a tutorial on Youtube!

Some other free design options beyond Thingiverse are the following:





Submit Your Design:

Before your print your design, you will have to submit it for approval. To do this, download your file from Tinkercad in an .stl file format and email it as an attachment to: ya@westcaldwell.bccls.org.

Type “3D Print Design” in your title and submit your email.

Once your design is approved, you will receive a reply with comments about whether or not your design is able to be printed. Submit a completed 3D Printing Form (http://wcplnj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/3DPrintingForm.pdf) and your $5.00 co-pay to the 3D Printing Specialist at West Caldwell Public Library to start the print.

Your 3D Printing Specialist will contact you as soon as it is ready!

Meet Ted

Ted is a 3D Printer. An Ultimaker 2+ to be exact. He was brought to our library by a delivery man, but his true origin is a Fund hosted by the Friends of the Library, called the Reiher Memorial Fund. Some of you may not know this, but Robert L. Reiher was the longest-serving mayor of West Caldwell, NJ, having been consistently re-elected as mayor for 17 years. He spent over 30 years as a public servant, either as a councilman, mayor, or library trustee. In a time of turbulent politics, his legacy is a clear reminder of the honor of public service.

It is thanks to his legacy that the West Caldwell Public Library is what it is today. Our public meeting room was constructed much in part due to his donations, donations made entirely based on his belief that, “a Library is a treasure to enhance and expand.” Nothing better exemplifies this belief than a pursuit of the intellectual and imaginative through technological education and development (AKA Ted. Get it?).

While we’re on the topic of technological advancement, what exactly does Ted do? Ted may look like an oven and smell like waffles when he’s working, but his primary purpose is to break limitations in engineering. 3D Printers were officially invented in 1986, exactly 30 years ago, to create prototypes for engineers quickly and efficiently. They were not called 3D Printers then, instead gaining the delightful nomenclature of, “stereolithography machine,” and “fused deposition modeling.” Their goal was to create a model or prototype through additive manufacturing, the process of, “adding many very thin layers of material, layer on top of layer” (2).

In effect, this machine is able to produce a completely original design in a few hours with low-cost materials instead of the expensive and drawn-out process inventors were hampered by decades before.

Carl Deckard with an early 3D Printer. Photo courtesy of UT-Austin via gigaom.com

If 3D Printers were invented in 1986, why are they only coming into prominence now, 30 years later? It all started in 2005 with the RepRap project founded by Dr. Adrian Bower. This community made 3D Printers open-source, which means they rebuilt 3D Printers from the ground up in order to make their designs accessible to the public. Ten years later, less expensive 3D Printers now compete in quality with scientific machines and the race for innovation moves faster than ever.

The library moved to make 3D Printing open to the public out of this same desire for free knowledge and low-cost innovation. With open-source websites like thingiverse.com, where creators share their 3D-designs with the public, and online creation tools like Tinkercad and Charmr, being an inventor is now something that everyone can do.

All we needed to make it a reality for our community was Ted. And now he’s here!

Learn more about 3D Printers here.

Keep an eye out for more articles on how to submit a 3D Design of your own as a West Caldwell resident.

Links and Resources:

1. “Obituary: Robert L. Reiher.” The Star Ledger. Link: http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/starledger/obituary.aspx?pid=172384590

2. “3D Printing: On Its Historical Evolution and the Implications for Business.” Matias, Elizabeth and Bharat Rao. Link: http://faculty.poly.edu/~brao/3dppicmet.pdf

3. “3D printing pioneers weigh in on the future: ‘It’s going to integrate into society'”
Brewster, Signe. Link: https://gigaom.com/2013/09/17/3d-printing-pioneers-weigh-in-on-the-future-its-going-to-integrate-into-society/

4. Thingiverse. Link: http://www.thingiverse.com/

5. Tinkercad. Link: https://www.tinkercad.com/

6. Charmr. Link: http://apps.123dapp.com/charmr/

7. Infographic. Link: https://individual.troweprice.com/staticFiles/Retail/Shared/PDFs/3D_Printing_Infographic_FINAL.pdf

TAG Updates: July

Next Meeting: TAG Summer Party on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 form 6:30-7:30PM
Goals: FUN

This last Wednesday, July 27, 2016, we started the Teen Advisory Group Meeting at 6:30PM. Over 10 volunteers were in attendance. We completed surveys for the fall program line-up. Hannah brought up a a possible game-lending service that works only on PC and Android, but it was shot down by the survey results.

The Super Smash Bros. Tournament was approved and will occur on August 17. Fall volunteer opportunities will include Teens Teach Kids and technology training at Crane’s Mill.

Big news: Hannah is looking into purchasing Augmented Reality services for the library via the Zappar App! This means we will be able to link resources to an image that can be scanned with the Zappar App, post video reviews directly on a book, and link books to other books just like it.

We filmed a video for the AR. Check out the librarian’s samples below!

Survey Results:

Best Days and Times for Events:

  • Weekdays from 6:30-7:30PM (Wednesday best)
  • Saturday afternoons.

Most Popular September Events:

  • Nerd Night on Wednesday, September 21
  • Coding Club
  • Hogwarts Sorting Ceremony

Most Popular October Events:

  • Tim Burton Movie Night
  • Pokemon/Digimon Binge Day
  • Cosplay Workshop
  • Fantasy Author Visit

Most Popular November Events:

  • Write Nights
  • International Games Day
  • Short Story Competition

Most Popular December Events:

  • Paint the Night
  • DIY Day
  • Star Wars Movie Night

Most Popular January Event:

  • Caldwells Teen Culture Con

August 2016 Events

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Escape the Room under the 1 hour time limit with a group of your friends!

You must have completed the YA Summer Reading Challenge or 1 Learning Track to register. Email ya@westcaldwell.bccls.org to see if you can sign up!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The TAG and Friends of the Library host our 1st Annual Super Smash Bros. Tournament from 6:00-8:00PM. Compete against your friends in the biggest tournament in town for Super Smash Brothers Brawl.

There is a $5.00 entry fee for students ages 12-18. All proceeds will go to the Friends of the Library. This is a Bring Your Own Controller Event for the Nintendo Wii. This tournament caps at 20 people.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

All volunteers are invited to our TAG Summer Party from 6:30-7:30PM, complete with LEGO fun, board games, and Wii. Please RSVP with Hannah for pizza. Volunteers can bring 1 friend.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Is writing your college application essay keeping you up at night? Don’t panic, help is right around the corner with Acing the College Essay from 7:00-8:00PM. Liz Moore, a part-time college professor and professional essay coach, will walk you through the steps of writing a killer essay. Students she’s coached have gone on to Vassar College, The College of New Jersey, Rowan University, Montclair State University, the University of Florida, and the University of Pittsburgh.