I cant believe its been two years since we exhibited at Shropshire Libraries and the engagement we created amongst the public and businesses.

I was taken aback by the way many different types of library user from young students to retired pensioners, from engineers to inventors all wanted to know more about how to access 3D Printers.

A lot has happened since then:


3D Printers

In 2015 we exhibited MakerBot 3D Printers and scanners at three Shropshire Libraries. Ludlow, Oswestry & Shrewsbury and engaged many many different sorts of library user. (see blog)

For most of 2015, experts dismissed Donald Trump’s viability or else repeatedly foresaw “the beginning of the end”

Was that a prediction?

President Trump Tweets from the hip and international diplomacy is out-of-step with the immediacy of social media.

Volkswagen recalled 11 million diesel vehicles in September 2015 after the car manufacturer was embroiled in an emissions scandal. The company admitted that those vehicles were fitted with a device designed to cheat emissions tests.

Was this a catalyst in the movement to Electric and Hybrid?

Forgive the pun!!!

In 2015 The Vanity Fair website saw 11.6m visits by people wanting to read Caitlyn Jenner’s exclusive interview.

This made Caitlyn (who started life as Bruce Jenner) the most famous transgender woman in the world.

Was this online frenzy part of the move to e-books?


In 2016 Leicester City won the Premier League at 5000/1 odds - This is what fairy tales are made of

. To put the astonishing win into perspective,bookies thought it was more likely that the Queen would get Christmas number one, Elvis would be found alive and well and Simon Cowell would become Prime Minister. In the UK we Love an underdog, and we Love persistence

In June 2016 the EU referendum of the  UK Electorate 46,501,241 ...  the nation was split with Leave the European Union 13,266,996 vote Remain a member of the European Union 15,188,406 vote Leave in a total Valid votes 33,551,983 and Invalid or blank votes 25,359. This appeared to emphasise that you cannot sit on the fence, albeit plenty have complained afterwards with the majority of the capital voted to stay in the EU, with 28 out of 33 boroughs backing the remain campaign.

Tim Peake rocketed off to the International Space Station in 2016 and running a marathon via live stream to coincide with the London Marathon was a brilliantly heart-warming event. Peake ran the 26.2 mile course strapped to a treadmill in three hours, 35 minutes and 21 seconds, watching the roads pass under his feet in real time on an iPad.

3D Printers

In September 2016 MakerBot launched two brand new 3D Printers, The Mini+ and the Replicator+ with brand new easy to use software MakerBot Print and a brand new 3D print material - Tough PLA™

In what could be the most heart-warming story of all time, Bradley Lowery, a five-year-old with terminal cancer was sent approx. 28,000 Christmas cards in 2016. Proving the nation has a heart, and that there is nothing better to touch another human than reading and writing

In 2016 the Scottish Library and Information Council ensured every public library service in Scotland received both 3D printing technology and training. Now every Public Library Service in Scotland has 3D printers available, opening up a whole new world of creativity and digital learning in public libraries.


3D Printers

In 2017 Telford Libraries installed a MakerBot 3D Printer Replicator+ thus making 3D printing Technology available to Everyone

In November 2017 MakerBot launched the MakerBot Labs platform for advanced users , sharing ideas and the MakerBot Experimental Extruder which is designed for the advanced user looking to push the limits of what's possible with MakerBot 3D printers.

This gives the user the ability to customize the 3D printing experience with a modifiable hardware design and interchangeable nozzles.

A Modifiable Smart Extruder for the Advanced user - capable of experimenting with a range of 3D printable materials, with 4 interchangable Nozzles:

There is still a little time left in the year to see what makes the headlines, and sometimes we can influence what happens next.

We would like to see the same initiative and investment that Scotland injected into their libraries in 3D printing across English County Libraries.

If you would like  to discuss 3D Printing in your County libraries... or any other organisation ... business or educational establishment....then please lets get together.

Paul Brewer


Shropshire 3D Print Ltd