introducing 3Dhotbed

3Dhotbed is a collaborative project that seeks to enhance book history instruction by providing access to affordable teaching tools and related materials for pedagogical purposes.



What is 3Dhotbed?

An acronym for “3D Printed History of the Book Education,” 3Dhotbed began as a collaboration between librarians at the University of North Texas and Texas A&M University to provide affordable access to the tools used in book history instruction to teach the punch-matrix system. 3Dhotbed seeks to extend bibliographical pedagogy through allied 3D technologies and related multi-media resources.



Who Are We?

The 3Dhotbed project is a collaborative effort between Kevin O'Sullivan (Curator of Rare Books at the Manuscripts at the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives), Marcia McIntosh (Digital Projects Librarian at the University of North Texas Libraries), and Courtney Jacobs (Special Collections Librarian at the University of North Texas Libraries). The project harnesses the collective strengths of each institution to further book history pedagogy. Currently the project provides data to 3D print facsimile models of tools purpose-built for the Book History Workshop at Texas A&M University. These tools were digitized and the data made available through the University of North Texas Digital Library.



Project Goals

The group's initial goal sought to create, utilize, and disseminate the data necessary to reproduce facsmile teaching models of the tools used to cast movable type during the hand-press era. The data files necessary to 3D print these tools have been uploaded to the UNT Digital Library where they can be freely downloaded and shared.

In addition to making available the data to 3D print these tools, the project's current goals include a multi-media learning module of helpful instructions, videos, and other book history related resources to help utilize the teaching tools during instruction. 



Future Goals

The 3Dhotbed project is seeking collaborators. Having met our first goal of producing the data necessary for others to print a full set of teaching tools to aid in book history instruction, the group is looking for institutions to provide feedback on these tools. We're also looking to expand the tools offered. Contact us if you're interested!