3-D Printing for Kids and Teens Recap

3d printing collageThis summer the Northeast Library and MLK's Digital Commons collaborated on a 3-D printing class for kids and teens. At the first class on July 31 we learned about different kinds of 3-D printing and what kind of things 3-D printers make now and what they could make in the future. Next we used a free program called Tinkercad.com to upload a few digital models of objects we found on the Thingaverse website. We then challenged ourselves to add our initials to these objects. We then sent our files to MLK's Digital Commons to printed on their MakerBot Replicator 2.

3d collage
On Aug 10, we meet again in the Digital Commons. This time, we learned more about the technical details of 3-D printing. We also learned create 3-D models objects in our everyday life using a process called 3-D scanning. We were treated to a live demo of MLK's 3-D scanning equipment and learned how to take our own 3-D scans of real life objects at home using free apps like 
123D Catch. Finally, we got back our 3-D printed objects we created in July and talked about the many ways to achieve a better product next time. Many thanks to the Digital Commons team (especially Anne and Adam), who let us experience the space and print our designs. 

If you'd like to explore and experiment on your own, check out the Google Powerpoint from the July class and then head over to Digital Commons website to upload your design and get it printed here at the DC Public library!

If you'd like to know more about future tech programming for kids at Northeast Library, please email the children's librarian, Ms. Lizzie at elizabeth.nolan@dc.gov to be added to the listserv.