National Library kaimahi (from front left) Lynne Vincent, Lani Emery, Arlyn Palconit and DJ Kukutai Jones and (from back left) Hoani Skipper, Greg Marshall and Freda Rawiri will be demonstrating 3D printer use this week
A gold coin koha will secure a supervised 3D printer “tutu” for kaimahi and tauira, he says.
If the 3D printer pilot project is sucessful a roll out to other wānanga sites will take place, says National Library lead Greg Marshall.
He says medical researchers are using the 3D-printed transformative technology to replace bones and are working on methods to recreate skin and vital organs starting with the pancreas or liver.
Printable objects also range from firearms to artwork.
Kaimahi made rabbit figurines, pencil cases and matau design fish hooks during their first 3D printer training session.