3D Printing is a form of additive manufacturing that creates objects from digital designs by layering plastic or other material to match the design. This technology is quickly changing how models and products are being created in a wide variety of fields, from airplane engine manufacturing to jewelry design. On Tuesday, September 9, to celebrate the launching of 3D Printing services at the Main Library, MSU Libraries hosted representatives from Packaging, Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine to highlight how the technology is being used on campus.
Over the past few years, the number of programs and labs encouraging students to create designs and prototypes has surged. For students in the School of Packaging, that means the ability to create a bottle or case that fits their specifications, allowing students to tangibly test their assumptions. For those in Engineering, 3D Printing has enabled the fabrication of casements for small aquatic robots. In addition to designing new objects, the advancement of 3D Printing has enabled the replication of existing objects at a faster rate and cheaper cost than having them manufactured off campus. At the College of Veterinary Medicine, this enables the replicating of dogs’ fractured bones, allowing practice before surgery and the better understanding of anatomy. To create these models, the files were captured from a CAT scan of the dog.
To enable members of the MSU community to have access to this technology, MSU Libraries is now offering 3D Printing on the second floor of the Main Library at the Copy Center. Students, staff, and faculty with a file can setup an appointment with Copy Center staff at 3DPrint@mail.lib.msu.edu. In the near future, the Copy Center also hopes to support both 3D scanning and the basics of 3D design.
Written by Terence O'Neill
Photo Credit: Jonah Magar
The Gast Business Library is hosting an Endnote X6 and Endnote Web workshop and a Zotero workshop in October. In these workshops, participants will learn how to import references and create bibliographies with ease.
Business Library Workshops:
Zotero: Wednesday, October 8th from 4:30-6:30pm in Room 22
Endnote X6 and Endnote Web: Tuesday, October 28th from 2-4pm in Room 22
MSU Libraries also offers additional classes in Endnote, Zotero and Mendeley.
To view MSU Libraries' workshop schedule and to register, go to the Courses and Registration page. You can also go right to the Endnote X6 and Endnote Web registration page or the Zotero registration page.
Questions? Please contact Emily Treptow.
Faculty and staff can request that a book in the library stacks be delivered directly to their office with a simple click. Use the Faculty Delivery link in the catalog to request that the book be checked out and sent to your campus office.
Faculty, staff, and students now have access to Mergent Archives which replaced Mergent WebReports. This database provides access to a vast archive of corporate and industry related documents covering over 100 countries and industries.
It contains the following:
-Historical annual reports going back to the early 1900s
-Digital copies of the printed volumes of Moody's/Mergent Manuals going back to the early 1900s
-Historical industry reports for the key industries in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific
-Ford Equity Research Reports
-D&B Country Reports and Country Insight Reports
-Hoover's Historical Collection of Handbooks
-D&B Million Dollar Directory dating back to 1959
-D&B Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios Archive
Access is available through the Gast Business Library’s Business Electronic Resources page.
Faculty, staff, and students now have access to Panjiva. This database contains import and export data for more than 15 million U.S. and international companies and 35 million products. It can be used to research global suppliers and trading partners, track specific shipments, and see sourcing trends by HTS code. Access is available through the Gast Business Library's Business Electronic Resources page.
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