In March 2020, at the very onset of the COVID crisis when healthcare workers needed PPE, the Library donated its two 3D printers to a “mask farm” at Riverside Hospital in Yonkers. Thanks to our partnership with Con Edison, we’ve been able to replace both of the printers and expand printing programs and services at the Library. Our newest acquisition is a Prusa SL1 3D printer, our first SLA printer. SLA (stereolithography) printing is fairly new to desktop 3D printing. The process uses a liquid resin and solidifies it layer by layer using UV light and an LED display making it possible to print high detailed objects. Printers like this are used in dentistry. We are excited to add this printer to our Media Lab for 3D printing classes and the Library’s free printing service.
Elements of 3D Design and Printing For Middle Grades
End the year on a positive note by learning about 3D printing! December 28, 29 & 30 at 2:00 p.m., we will hold a 3 day workshop covering 3D design for middle grade students in grades 4-8. In each session you will design something new while learning different 3D design software. We will cover slicing your object to be printed, and all of the objects will be printed for you to pick up at a later date. Registration and attendance at each session is required, we are limited to 10 students. Click here to register. The classes will be hosted on Zoom. You will need to download some software and create accounts on web-based, 3D design sites. You will receive an email with links for everything you will need.