Practical Magic: Hello World!

You’ve heard the news: Gutenberg is up and running at the library.

Since revealing our 3D printer to the world, we’ve printed over 25 items submitted by our awesome patrons. We love it. We love printing silly things, handy things, and very nearly anything. (Unless someone else owns the copyright. It’s only fair.)

But you might be wondering where all the useful kitchen implements are, like this adorable squirrel salt and pepper shaker set, or where you could find a bike mount for your iphone, or even where you might find a wallet to store your extremely precious library card (and—I guess—credit cards and money). And that’s what we’re here for. “Practical Magic” will feature some of these nifty things every month, which we’ve either printed or just really want to see in action.

One thing we’re loving as the temperature (slowly, slowly) starts to rise is this beach towel stake by Thingiverse user, Robo. No more sand-filled, runaway towels for us, thank you very much.

Want to see Gute in action?  Drop by one of upcoming our demos:

  • Wednesday      7/1      2:00pm
  • Tuesday           7/7      5:30pm
  • Thursday         7/16     6:30pm
  • Wednesday     7/22     2:00pm
  • Tuesday          7/28     5:30pm

Check our Facebook events or our calendar for updates.

Want your own silly/neat/useful/futuristic/classic 3D printed item? Choose a thing on Thingiverse or design your own. Make sure the thing is one of three file types: .stl, .obj, .thing. Submit the thing. We’ll print the thing. Enjoy the thing.

Tune in next month for fresh and funky prints for summer.


Gutenberg enjoys humming, getting crafty, and causing mischief around the library. Gute’s people enjoy tinkering, making, and discovering ingenious solutions to everyday problems. If you have questions or suggestions for future Practical Magic posts, please feel free to email us at

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