Texas Digital Library Conference System, 2017 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

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3Dhotbed: Harnessing 3D Technologies and Data to Teach the History of the Book
Marcia McIntosh, Courtney Jacobs, Kevin O'Sullivan

Last modified: 2017-03-22


The University of North Texas and Texas A&M University collaborated over the last year to fabricate teaching models of the tools used to cast moveable metal type during the hand-press era using 3D scanning and printing. The original, period-accurate artifacts were borrowed from the Book History Workshop at Texas A&M University and 3D scanned and modeled at UNT. The resulting data will be available for download through the UNT Digital Library, providing individuals and institutions engaged in bibliographic instruction access to these hard-to-find tools.

By leveraging new technologies such as reverse engineering (3D scanning), additive manufacturing (3D printing), and the distribution capabilities of a digital repository, faculty, librarians, and all other interested parties will have the ability to create highly accurate, affordable models for use in demonstration and instruction.

The presentation will focus on the case study of developing 3D models of the tools, hosting the resulting data in the digital library, and the pedagogical opportunities the project has afforded.The group will provide a blueprint for replication, access to the data for fabricating duplicates of the models, and detailed practical steps for implementing a hands-on instruction program using the data extrapolated from the pilot project.


Digital Libraries; Data; 3D scanning; 3D printing; Book History