1.) So tell us a little about yourself, your project, organization, or company that you’ll be displaying at the makerfaire
My name is Michael Brandyberry and I’m the Makerspace Technology Engineer for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. I run our 3d Printing Service that allows any patron to submit a design and have it created for them!

I will be giving a presentation on 3d printing, covering everything from how the technology works, what its practical applications are, what the future holds, and how patrons can take advantage of it at out library.

mike giving demo

2.) What got you into making or creating? Have you always been a tinkerer?

I have always been a “maker”. I was the kid in class who’d get yelled at for disassembling the toys, and have always tried to make toys, tools, and other objects “better”…sometimes to hilariously disastrous results. That sort of thinking has led me down a lot of strange paths.

My degree is in 3d modeling and Animation, I’m a certified gunsmith, a PADI Divemaster, and I hold several IT certifications as well. I also have another job as a 3d Printing Technology Consultant for other educational institutions through my own company, Brigantine LLC.

In my spare time (what there is of it) I construct robots, create 3D art, build and customize rifles and pistols, re-finish furniture, design and create tools, scuba dive, brew my own beer, play videogames and occasionally attempt to cook without burning down my house.

3.) How did you get started on your current project? How long have you been working on your current project?

I have worked for the library for almost seven years in the IT Department. About 2 years ago, when the library acquired its first 3d Printer, they weren’t really sure what to do with it. They knew it was exciting, they knew they were very popular in other library systems, but they weren’t quite sure how to implement this technology in the library system, they just knew there was a demand for it.

Then someone remembered I had a degree in 3d stuff!

Fast forward to today, and I’ve learned the ins and outs of many different kinds of 3d printers, built my own, repaired way too many, and have developed and implemented and refined the system that the library uses to offer this amazing technology to its patrons.
I have been giving interactive demonstrations of 3d printing to the public, both in person and on television, for over a year, and can’t wait to do one for all of the Makers that come out to celebrate Baton Rouge’s first Makerfaire!!

4.) How can people find out more about your project, company, or organization?

You can find out more about the library’s 3d printing program at our Infoguide:
http://ebrpl.beta.libguides.com/make?p=283599

For more information about 3d Printing consulting, I can always be reached at:
mbrandyberry@brigantinellc.com