Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Arlington Public Library is expanding its technology offerings with the addition of a 3D printing cart, sponsored by Mouser Electronics. Representatives from Mouser Electronics and the Arlington Public Library unveiled the cart on January 29 at the Northeast Branch Library. The cart will be housed and used for programming at the Northeast Branch.

“Mouser Electronics is pleased to provide the Arlington Public Library with funding for STEM carts, which will help increase the 21st-century skills of our community’s students,” said Kevin Hess, Mouser’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. “We are happy to help foster a new generation of engineers and give back to our community with these innovative educational carts.”

The cart includes a 3D printer, supplies, and tools. Educational materials and Library STEM kits are also available on the cart.

The Arlington Public Library already has multiple 3D printers in the makerspace at the Downtown Library, but the Mouser Electronics cart will make 3D printing available in other locations. The Library’s 3D printing program began with a single machine available at the Southeast Branch.

The 3D printing cart will also be used to supplement programming for young adults in the Teen Zone. Teen Zone is open every Monday to Thursday that AISD schools are in session, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The STEM cart is part of a series of educational grants made by Mouser Electronics to area public libraries.