December 12, 2014

3D Ornament Printing

The library recently put their 3D printers to good use, hosting classes for adults, teens and kids to teach them how to design their own winter creations. The first step was learning how to use the 3D printing software associated with the machines.

“I thought it was easy, once you got to know how to do it, then it was really easy,” said participant Ethan Dawes.

Adults and teens crafted snowflakes, while the kids built their very own snowmen.

Participant Mayling Alonso explained, “we got to design it, like put eyes and a nose on it, and we got to make something so we could put it on a Christmas tree”

Organizers hope exposing kids to this technology at an early age, will inspire them to think in new and innovative ways.

“We feel that the kids especially, kind of still have an open mind for things so if they start realizing early on they can create whatever they want, even with their own hands, then they’re not limited to anything. They can really think of something in their mind, and then create it,” said Sarah Humphries, Computer Lab Associate at the 95th Street Library.

Community members are doing just that, making their own designs and bringing them to a help desk associate, who then assists with the printing process.

These snowmen, like all 3D printed items, are formed layer by layer, taking around an hour for each snowman to fully print.

“I want to see how it’ll turn out!” exclaimed Alonso.

The printer’s popularity surged after it was first introduced earlier this year, prompting the library to purchase a second.

“We figured that we’d get another so we’d do printing at the same time. They have been a huge hit, people come all the time. Overall it’s just fun and it really gets all the kids happy to see which is just the best part,” explained Humphries.

It costs 20 cents a gram to print a design, many would argue a small price to see your Christmas crafts come to life.


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