Form 1 3D Printer now available

High resolution replica of the Statue of Liberty
High resolution replica of the Statue of Liberty

Formlabs, the manufacturer behind the Form 1 3D printer, would like to bring stereolithographic 3D printing technology to the masses. The library has acquired a Form 1 printer and would like YOU to bring your designs to reality with exquisite detail and exceptional surface finish. Built for more intricate quality designs than standard plastic extrusion printers, it uses an ultraviolet laser to cure liquid plastic resin. That's right, a LASER, pew pew pew. 

Interested in printing a toy for a gift? Inventing a prototype for a new part to manufacture? Want to blow minds at your next science fair? Whether you're a casual tinkerer, inventor, designer or other creative type looking for high quality prints, this is the printer for you. The Form 1 offers a few default resolutions: the highest resolution of 0.025mm per layer, a medium resolution of 0.05mm per layer, and a low resolution of 0.1mm per layer. It's the perfect tool for printing intricate designs. 

For more information, visit our Form 1 page.

 

Form 1 3D Printer

The Form 1 Printer

Darien Library now offers the superior printing quality of the Form 1 3D printer for our patrons. Use your imagination to print objects for work, school, proofs of concept designs, and more! 

The Form 1 high resolution printer can produce objects within 4.9 x 4.9 and 6.5 inches with resolution of up to 0.001 inches per layer using stereolithography technology. Compatible with the following file formats: .stl, .obj, and .form.

For more info on the Form 1 printer, visit the formlabs website.

How to print using the Form 1:

Submit a file that meets the above requirements to helpdesk@darienlibrary.org (15mb attachment limit), or send an Internet link to the object along with the exact specifications, otherwise bring it in to your Help Desk on a flash drive or other media.

Print time is up to 3 days from submission.

The print material is clear resin. Will have white in the future as a choice.

Cost:

25 cents per gram of the fully printed object including supports. Supports are the extra printed components that gives the structure the help it needs to print without collapsing. An example would be supports to hold up a running T-rex's head while it prints!

 

Check Out an Art iPad

Explore the world of modern and contemporary art with the Darien Library Art iPad. Darien Library is collaborating with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to promote the exploration of art in a variety of mediums. By curling up with an Art iPad, you may:

  • Pore through art eBooks
  • Use apps dedicated to specific artists (e.g. Picasso, Goya, El Greco)
  • Unleash your inner artist using selected sketching and painting apps like:
    • Sketchbook Pro
    • Adobe Ideas
    • Bamboo Paper
  • Turn your surroundings into an amazing visual experience using KaleidaCam
  • Take a quiz with ArtHD to see what you really know

Pick up your Art iPad at the Welcome Desk. Each Art iPad checks out for one week. We also welcome suggestions to adding more great art apps, so let us know by emailing us at art@darienlibrary.org.

Art iPads are available to Darien residents, those who work full-time in Darien, and Friends who have donated $300 or more. Patrons must be 18 years old to checkout an Art iPad.

New Banner Printer

It's huge!
It's huge!

Have you been waiting to print your banner out at the Library? Good news then! We retired our small banner printer and brought in this much larger version. You can print banners up to 42 inches wide by however many feet long. 

To get started, you can email your PDF file to helpdesk@darienlibrary.org. Your file needs to be the same size as the actual print. For example, if you want to print a 2' x 3' poster, your file size should also be 2' x 3.' Please give us twenty-four hours notice if you wish to print via sending an email. Otherwise, please see the Help Desk on the Lower Level in the computer lab.

To print on matte (not shiny) paper, the cost is $6/sq ft. Glossy paper costs $7/sq ft.  


 

Darien Library to host Fairfield County Minecraft Server

The Central Library
The Central Library

Minecrafters!

On Saturday, September 7th, we cut the ribbon on the Fairfield County Minecraft Server.  Darien Library is proud to be hosting and managing the server, but this is a multi-town project that is designed to bring Minecrafters in the region together in a safe and creative environment.  Libraries currently participating are Darien, Westport, Wilton, and Norwalk.

Minecrafters:

The new server features a common spawn-point where all players can gather and socialize--the Central Library.  From there, you can teleport to your town's very own world where you are free to mine, build, and craft to your heart's content.  Curious about what kids from other towns are up to?  You're free to visit their worlds, but you can only build in your own world--the same goes for everyone else.  Worried about griefing? We've got it covered.  The server will be running many of the popular plugins you're used to including Grief Prevention (so that you can claim areas to build upon) and Core Protect, so that if someone does mess with your stuff, we'll know who it was and we can roll back the changes.  If you want to play, bring in your library card and tell us your player name and we'll add you to the server!

Parents:

We've conceptualized this server from the beginning to be a safe environment for kids and teens.  Before players can use the server, they'll need to come in to the library and present their library card and tell us their player name.  They will then be granted access to the server and given permission to build in their hometown world.  We will know who each player is and how to get in touch with them should an issue arise.  Safety and fun are our top priorities!

To Get Started:

Come in to the library, ask to be added to the server and get online.  To connect, start Minecraft, click on multiplayer and add a new server.  You can call it Fairfield County Minecraft and use fcminecraft.org as the server address.

We look forward to building with you!  Dig on!

Check out materials with your smartphone!

You can now use your smartphones to check out books, DVDs, and more at the self checkouts! In this video, we demonstrate how to use the CardStar app which is available for both Android and Apple smartphones.

Update: Prefer to use the Key Ring app instead? Find us on their app! Available for Android and Apple smartphones. 

Trello Class Handout

Looking for an easy way to manage your projects?  Trello is a free collaboration tool that allows you to organize your projects and tasks. Each item is a card which can be opened up to add further comments, a checklist, labels, and attachments. If you create an organization (like for your family), you can assign tasks to individuals who are all part of that organizational group. Once tasks are completed, they can be archived. Trello works best for small groups.

Learn Technology with Lynda.com

Start learning now!
Start learning now!

Since October 5, 2009 Darien Library has offered lynda.com as a technology education resources. The service is available to residents, those who work full-time in Darien, and non-resident Contributors to the Library at the $300 annual level, lynda.com currently provides 1,612 online subscribers with instruction in a wide range of Mac and PC software programs. 

With Lynda, you can set your own training schedule. The site includes practice exercises and a helpful feature that keeps track of where you left off each time you end a session. In addition, upon completion of the video training, you can take part in lynda.com’s Certificate of Completion program.

How to Gain Access

Come to the Help Desk in the Power Library (aka computer room) on the Lower Level or call the Help Desk at 203-669-5238 to get started. Give us your name and email address so we can register your account. You will receive an email from lynda.com to active your account. We will then assign you to either an in-library access for a couple hours or you can access lynda.com from home for seven days. If no one is waiting, you can ask for your access to be renewed. 

 

New Technology for the Vision-Impaired at the Darien Library

Enhanced-Vision Workstation
Enhanced-Vision Workstation

Job #1 for the Darien Library is providing excellent customer service to all of its patrons. Now, thanks to a generous contribution from The Darien Lions Club, we are able to extend a helping hand to those among our patrons who are vision-impaired. Located on the Library's second floor within easy reach from the elevator, our new Enhanced-Vision Workstation is well-equipped to meet a wide range of visual impairments.

The workstation consists of a Dell Optiplex 760 computer, a 24-inch monitor, a Topaz magnifier with hand and foot controls, stereo speakers, and a portable scanner. The Topaz magnifier allows the user to enlarge printed material for easy reading on the attached monitor. The Dell computer has a variety of specialized software installed, including ZoomText, which allows the user to magnify and/or highlight the information displayed on the monitor, and OpenBook, which can be used to scan and to read aloud printed material. Vision-impaired individuals can browse the Internet, check the Library's catalog and web site, read a book, watch movies, and more. The portable scanner provides access to more personal printed materials, such as bills and letters, all of which can be scanned in and magnified or read aloud. Headphones are provided for privacy.

If you or someone you know is vision-impaired and would like to use this special equipment, please call the Help Desk at 203-669-5238.

Small Office Home Office Copy (SoHo) Center

SoHo

The Small Office Home Office Copy (SoHo) Center is located on the Lower Level inside the Power Library.  The available equipment is perfect for the small business owner, entrepreneur, or student users. These services and supplies are competitively priced!

Equipment

 

Supplies
  • CDs (R and RW)
  • DVDs (R and RW)
  • Manilla folders
  • Envelopes
  • Index cards (100 pack)
  • Earbud headphones
  • Headphones
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