Sharona Ginsberg


University of Michigan 3D Lab

During the winter of 2012, I completed practicum work with the University of Michigan 3D Lab. The 3D Lab is a facility that functions as part of the university's library system. It can be considered an academic library makerspace and offers services such as 3D printing and scanning, motion capture, virtual reality, data visualization, etc. The Lab's employees also teach workshops and a digital production class where students learn to create computer graphics.

Over the course of the semester, I shadowed and observed the Lab's employees to learn about the Lab and its technologies, with a focus on 3D printing and scanning. By the end of my time there, I was able to put together and teach both a workshop and a webinar on the topic of 3D printing in libraries. I also completed research to discover resources about 3D printing and makerspaces, which I collected into an online pathfinder.