Retiree enjoying MakerSpace technology at local library

Submitted photo. Retired architect Jack Pottmeyer poses with his 3D printer creations at the Tuscarawas County Public Library.

Jack Pottmeyer has been using the Tuscarawas County Library System for decades. Recently, he has been using the Main Library exclusively for its MakerSpace.

“I visit the library about every other week to use the 3D printer,” said Pottmeyer.

Pottmeyer is a retired registered architect who uses his knowledge of building design to create his own 3D prints and to customize pieces he finds online at creative common sites like Thingiverse.

He takes his 3D prints and combines them with mixed media to create exquisite game boards, pons, and buildings to use with his hobby of war and fantasy games. One game board may take him anywhere from two days to three months to complete. So far he has created 12 game boards with moving pieces. The majority of his creations are on loan to Mad Brothers in New Philadelphia where he enjoys gaming with others.

“Printing items from the library is more economical than buying manufactured items online,” said Pottmeyer. “Even the failed prints work out fine because you can always use a wrecked piece in the games.”

Library Director Michelle Ram- sell said that the Tuscarawas County Public Library System added MakerSpaces to each of its five locations in 2017.

“We love seeing how the public uses the equipment in our Maker- Spaces,” said Ramsell.

In addition to the 3-D printers, Ramsell said that the library’s MakerSpaces currently include sewing machines, button makers and Cricut machines.

According to Popular Science, there are 14 times as many maker- spaces as there were a decade ago. Ramsell said that in 2017, the Tuscarawas County Public Library System’s MakerSpace equipment was used nearly 2,100 times.

Pottmeyer said he enjoys the creativity of the 3D printer.

“You are only limited by your imagination; 3D printers are only just the starting point,” he said.

The Tuscarawas County Public Library System consists of a Main Library in New Philadelphia, as well as branches in Bolivar, Strasburg, Sugarcreek, and Tuscarawas. For more information on the County Library System’s MakerSpaces, call 330-364-4474.