Artist Replicating Toledo Skyline With Library’s 3D Printer

Posted on December 4, 2019

by Ryan D

Brian Woollard envisioned a project celebrating the city’s skyline. Toledo Lucas County Public Library helped make it real.

The Main Library Studio Lab has the technology for anyone with a would-be idea. There is a Cricut cutting machine, heat press and large-format vinyl cutter. Woollard, 35, sought the 3D printer. As part of his master’s degree in art education at the University of Toledo, Woollard chose a capstone project that personified his hometown. He wanted to replicate the buildings he loved since childhood.

Recreating Toledo, For Toledo

“It intrigued me to dig deeper into questions like how did Toledo get started? What do I know?” Woollard said. “Let me find out about where I am from, and educate others about this whole area.”

Woollard spent 12 hours designing a replica of Fifth Third Center at One SeaGate. He brought it to the Studio Lab for printing. This access was vital, as the $2,000 cost of a 3D printer was too expensive for him to purchase himself. The Library’s assistance also allowed Woollard to focus on future work. He hopes to recreate two more downtown landmarks, possibly the iconic PNC Bank Building and Hylant Building, by his May project deadline.

“I love it because I did the front-end part, and I don’t have to focus by myself on the printing. It’s nice to have someone help with the work,” Woollard said.

An Inspiring Community

The Library provides a range of tools for customers to create amazing things. Artists, musicians, podcasters, hobbyists, business owners and crafters all use the Studio Lab, said Rebecca Ransberger, Studio Lab supervisor and assistant manager for Computers and Media.

“It’s been really exciting to work with Mr. Woollard and figure out how our tools can help his art become a reality, and see how it fits in his much larger project,” Ransberger said. “I’m always inspired by our community members and what they are working on.”

The Studio Lab empowers customers through production equipment, editing software, VHS-to-DVD conversion devices and so much more. Several of the Library’s other locations have additional 3D printers and their own technological services for use. Send an email to the Making team with your idea, or reserve equipment today. Whether you are a crafter with DIY holiday gift aspirations or podcaster with an idea to kick-start, make the Library your first stop.

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