I started working with a 3D printer for the first time today. Developing specific classroom uses is the long(er) term goal, but today was focused on getting the hang of the basics.

The basics included a lot of pretty mundane stuff, mostly focused on getting files from the computer to the printer, managing settings, and getting the print off the bed. That last task requires a utility knife, which I had in my office. So pro tip fellow historians: always have a utility knife on hand.

Over the next few days as time allows I want to start experimenting with Smithsonian 3D images. Looking forward to seeing where that goes, beyond life masks of Abraham Lincoln.

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