After months of planning and training, the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library is ready to unveil its latest piece of technology. The library along with seven other public libraries from Hidalgo and Star Counties received a 3D printer to provide patrons with printing services. The printers were acquired through a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Texas State Library Archives Commission, and Central Texas Library System Inc.

Paul Waak, Assistant Director of the Central Texas Library System says “3D printing has become an important technology for both professional and personal exploration for design and digital fabrication and through this project, community members of the Rio Grande Valley entrepreneurs, artists, and hobbyists can now turn their designs into a reality.”

Library staff had to undergo high-quality hands-on training in the operation, maintenance, and repairs of the equipment as well as copyrights laws unique to 3D printing, patent, and trademark issues and is now ready to make it available to the community.

Saturday, May 20, the library will hold a 3D Printer Presentation for the public from 12 to 2 p.m. Representatives will showcase the printer and provide step by step 3D printing demonstrations. They will also explain how 3D printing works and answer questions from the public. In addition, attendees will be able to schedule a time with staff to begin printing their objects.

The other libraries who received a printer are Weslaco, McAllen, Pharr, Mission, Hidalgo, and Rio Grande City. Staff members from their libraries will also be present for the May 20 presentation.

For more information call the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library and ask for Omero Morales or Eddie Gil at 956-383-6246, or visit the library located at 1906 South Closner Boulevard in Edinburg.