3D Printing: Establishing a Legitimate Service through Skyforge


  • Nick Madsen Community Library Network, Hayden, ID


3D printing, Idaho, make it @ the library, library services


3D printing seems to be blowing up the internet and the world right now. From owners
printing prosthetic legs for their dogs, to a Sonic Screwdriver for our Teen Doctor Who
Christmas Party, the applications and uses of this technology continue to excite and
amaze us. In addition to democratizing manufacturing, it has equipped entrepreneurs
with easy access to prototyping, and given students the ability to see their theoretical
designs take shape in the real world. Although several staff members, and a few Friends
of the Library, were interested in 3D printers, it didn’t seem like an attainable project
for my library. The Community Library Network is a rural county system in North Idaho.
We have seven library locations including Athol, Harrison, Hayden, Pinehurst, Post Falls,
Rathdrum, Spirit Lake, as well as a Bookmobile. Altogether we serve over 100,000 Idaho
residents across 1,150 square miles and two counties.

Author Biography

Nick Madsen, Community Library Network, Hayden, ID

Nick Madsen is a Youth Services Specialist at the Community Library Network at Hayden. He received a Master’s in Information and Library Science from the University of Kentucky in 2013. He wears many hats, but typically plans and implements programs for elementary through high school students. Simple science, bringing new ideas to students, and 3D printing are some of his passions.


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