3D Printing for Libraries and Makerspaces

The kids loved it and we actually managed to get a working whistle at the end! One of the kids has been so keen on it he convinced his Dad to buy a 3D Printer kit and they spent the weekend building it together!

Stuart Lawn, FabLab Manorhamilton (Ireland)

we teach 3d design and 3d printing.

Do you have 3D printing equipment at your makerspace and want to maximise the potential and usage of this amazing technology? PrintLab is an online platform of projects that are dedicated to upskilling people in the field of 3D design and 3D printing to make amazing things at the local and global scale. Each project comes with a whole range of training resources and design activities such as explainer videos, CAD tutorials, design thinking templates and more. Let’s take a look at how we support makerspace members in designing and making meaningful solutions in society...

we teach assistive technology.

Connect your members with local disability organisations to create low-cost, customised products that help people in their day-to-day lives. From assistive bottle openers and writing aids to tactile games for people with visual impairments, we have a range of projects that guide people through a human-centered design process to make life-changing solutions.

we teach distributed manufacturing.

Products are shipped to us from thousands of miles away, yet we have the ability to manufacture locally. With PrintLab, your members can learn how to create bespoke products for local businesses. For example, hands-free devices that limit the spread of viruses such as covid-19 on hard surfaces or waste from offices can even be collected and upcycled by combining materials with 3D printed forms to create anything from desk tidies to furniture.

we teach product design.

Want to make custom products for your home? Our platform consists of a range of projects that help members to design organic homeware, self-watering planters, stationery, customised gifts and more.

we teach STEM.

Inspiring the next generation is at the core of what we do, which is why many projects incorporate cross-curricular concepts. Whether you want to run workshops for students or upskill parents in view of them teaching their children, we have an abundance of content to prepare young people for amazing STEM careers.

Olds Municipal Library, Canada

"I enjoy PrintLab because it offers a feel good goal of assisting people in our community and all over the world, while building necessary universal 3D development skills and concepts. The content is clear, sleek, and accessible for all ages and can be used on its own or to supplement a library program or workshop. I use PrintLab courses to certify adult patrons who wish to use the library’s 3D printer independently, as well as to teach in 3D printing summer camps for children and teens. This is a valuable tool for every public library that wishes to provide beneficial knowledge with a purpose to their community!". 

Ceima Kemaldean, Computer Services Coordinator

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