3D Printing has arrived!
Thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries, the Sonoma County Library purchased a MakerBot Replicator 2 in 2014. Since then, the Library's MakerBot has strutted its stuff at events around the county--but starting in March 2015, it will be available to patrons to print out their own designs!
The service is launching at the Central Library, and then starting in May, the MakerBot will travel throughout the county to different library locations so that patrons across our communities will have the opportunity to see it in action and to use it to create.
Print your own designs
Sign up for a two-hour printing session by visiting or calling the Reference Desk at the Central Library. During this first month of launch, sessions are available three days a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Attendance at an introductory workshop is a prerequisite for a printing session.
No design experience required.
In March and April, we are offering weekly Introduction to 3D Printing workshops at Central, and you do need to attend one of these workshops before you can sign up for a time slot.
Can't wait for it to come to your branch? Or can't make it to Central? You can get started with 3D design right now! You don’t need to know CAD (computer-aided design) to make and 3D print awesome 3D models; all you need is a computer with internet access and a little time to go through a free online tutorial, and you can start dreaming up your design.
Here is a list of library resources about 3D printing.
Here are some free design programs we suggest:
- Tinkercad (https://www.tinkercad.com/)
- Sketchup Make (http://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-make)
Sounds amazing! Must be expensive...
For the initial launch, we will be providing the service free of charge to patrons while we build up momentum and community support. That's right, FREE! So come try it out!