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)

Maximising The Potential and Use of 3D Printers.

The PrintLab Classroom platform comes with 40+ 3D printing projects allowing you to upskill and inspire members of your community. We teach you how to use free Autodesk design software (Tinkercad and Fusion 360) with 3D printing to make assistive devices for local disability organisations, design customised gifts for friends and family, explore the future of digital manufacturing in a series of short courses, and much much more. 

PrintLab Classroom's site license provides you with: 

• Up to 10 accounts on our teacher portal for your staff and instructors - home to PrintLab’s growing library of lesson plans and instructor certification course.

• An access code for your library/makerspace members that allows up to 200 users on our student portal at any one time – where they can work through each project online in a self-paced manner without an instructor.

Take a look at potential uses of PrintLab Classroom in libraries and makerspaces below.

train the trainer.

The PrintLab Certification Course is hosted on our teacher portal and is the starting point for library/makerspace staff and instructors. The aim is to empower instructors in becoming proficient and confident in teaching 3D printing classes, whilst ensuring they have the necessary skills to support 3D printing at your premises. The 5 hour self-paced online course covers everything from the 3D printing industry and process through to CAD techniques and design thinking.

e-learning for members.

Provide all your library/makerspace members with the access code to PrintLab's student portal, where they can participate in self-paced courses and projects before using your 3D printing equipment to bring their ideas to life. Our content is designed to be used by beginners or experts of all ages and with the range of 3D printing applications we cover, there's something for everyone.

run outreach programmes.

Are you supporting your community and working with local schools and organisations? By using PrintLab's teacher portal lesson plans in your outreach programmes, you can be rest assured that your workshops are aligned to curriculum standards and linked to core subject areas. 

start a 3D printing club.

Want to increase the number of visitors to your library/makerspace? Invite students, parents, teachers and adult-learners to your site to learn about the various applications of 3D printing and how it can be used in their lives. Our content doesn't just teach about the 3D printing process and industry - our focus is on providing people with the necessary design skills to make anything they can imagine.

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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