One of the most exciting concept spaces in the new library is what I have been referring to as the Research and Digital Discovery Lab. RaDD Lab just has a nice ring to it. The idea behind this space is to give student and faculty researchers at St. Jerome’s the tools to research and disseminate their research in new and exciting ways.
Thanks to our friends andcolleagues in the OSE, we will soon have the ability to pilot one of the pieces slated for the RaDD lab – a 3D printer. I’ve been tinkering with the new MakerBot over the past month while thinking up programming ideas for inside and outside the library. As always, the DRAGEN Labbers in the basement were excited about the news, so I took their Sketchup model of Herstmonceux Castle and transferred the model to a .stl file and sent it to the MakerBot.
After a successful print, I immediately started looking for ways to start 3D scanning materials from the Herstmonceux field school. I came across AutoCad’s 123d Catch program that takes a series of 2d images and uses them to create a 3d mesh that can then be printed. I can’t wait to see this in action with some of the artifacts.
If these small pilot projects are successful, I can’t wait to see what we could do with a fully outfitted “RaDD Lab” at St. Jerome’s.