IC3D Donates 3D Printed Bust Of Andrew Carnegie For Columbus Metropolitan Grand Reopening! 

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) marks the grand reopening of Main Library on June 25 with a new sculpture of Andrew Carnegie commissioned from artist Gavin Bruce and recreated via 3D printing by IC3D.

A Great Collaboration Among Columbus Idea Foundry Entrepreneurs

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails.” The library continues that mission in the display of a 3D printed bust of Andrew Carnegie which will be housed on the second floor of the renovated area. IC3D Printers in partnership with Knockout Concepts teamed up with local artist, Gavin Bruce and the Columbus Idea Foundry to 3D print Bruce’s original sculpture commissioned by the library.

This great team was pulled together by Columbus Idea Foundry (CIF) VP of Operations – Casey Weber McCarty. All of these entrepreneurs contribute to the thriving creative community housed at CIF in Columbus’ downtown neighborhood of Franklinton.

Gavin Bruce created the original sculpture, Knockout Concepts scanned the sculpture using their precision scanning hardware and created a software file that IC3D could print. The bust was printed on IC3D’s largest 3D printer and with filament manufactured at its Ohio based factory. 

Weighing in at 15 pounds and 20 inches tall, the print took about 3 days to complete.  Library goers will be able to see the layers of the 3D print and imagine how their own unique designs might look using 3D print technology.

“IC3D is about expanding human potential,” said IC3D Founder and CEO, Michael Cao. “Libraries have represented that vision for centuries. This 3D printed bust represents an educational moment for all who visit this dynamic space – a mature community institution that invites lifelong learning and experimentation. 3D printing technology is for everyone”

About The Renovation

The Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) was originally completed in 1907 with money donated by Andrew Carnegie. Architects GUND Partnership and Schooley Caldwell Associates have designed the renovation, and Turner served as construction manager.

You can read more about this project HERE

About IC3D: In 2015 IC3D donated over 250 pounds of filament to schools and educational organizations. IC3D creates American made products “For 3D Printers, By 3D Printers TM”.  IC3D’s mission is to enable curious tinkerers and inspire young inventors with the high-quality 3D printing gear they will enjoy, while exploring and expressing their inner creativity to the world.  

About CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.