DeWitt Community Library to launch Digital Design Station – Eagle News Online


As part of the Dewitt & Jamesville Community Library’s new ‘Digital Gateway’ initiative, they will be launching a digital design station in the HIVE makerspace – a new service that will help customers who want to convert old media or learn design. 3D in collaboration with the library’s 3D printer.

The digital design station, available for use from May 2018, allows customers to perform various scanning and design functions, including scanning photos and VHS tapes, 3D modeling, and 3D scanning.

With the Digital Design Station, users can convert VHS home movies to DVD or an electronic file transferred to a USB flash drive. Electronic photos can be easily shared with friends and family through email, Facebook, or other image sharing platforms, and videos can be uploaded to YouTube, distributed on multiple DVD copies, or stored on a player portable. The station includes a desktop computer with enhanced graphics hardware, two scanners, a VHS / DVD combo player, a TV, and Elgato video conversion hardware.

The station’s improved graphics capability allows customers to create complex 3D images with Tinkercad or Sculptris, scan 3D objects using the Kinect 360 camera and print them on the Lulzbot 3D printer.

Library staff have created guides for the main functions of the digital design station for patrons of all technical skill levels to use in conversion or authoring activities. These guides contain easy-to-follow explanatory images and are available for scanning photos, 3D printing, VHS to DVD conversion, and technical troubleshooting.

Customers interested in a demonstration of this digital design station are encouraged to register for the “Digital Design Workshop” in the Hive Makerspace on Saturday May 12th at 3:00 PM. Limited assistance is available by making an individual technical appointment. and specification of design station assistance. The Digital Design Station kit can be borrowed with a valid library card at the information desk.

Any questions regarding the “digital gateway” or related equipment can be directed to the library at 315-446-3578.


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