3-D printing is a form of additive manufacturing that makes three dimensional solid objects from a digital file, using molten plastic, computer-driven motors, and Cartesian geometry. The children’s department has a Prusa i3MK3s at each library building and can print objects up to 9x8x8 inches using PLA or PET-G filament.
We will offer 3D introductory classes to kids ages 6 – 12 beginning in the fall of 2022. Classes will occur monthly at the James City County Library and will consist of an hour of learning about the basic 3-D printing process, including downloading a design file, preparing it to print using slicing software, and setting up the printer. At the end of the class, participants will be able to choose from a menu of basic designs to slice and print. (Due to the length of printing time, prints will need to be picked up at a later time.) Space is limited; check the children’s program guide for upcoming dates.
We will also offer 3D intermediate classes to kids ages 6 -12 who have completed the introductory class in a previous month. This class will focus on the slicing process; participants will choose a design and slice it with help. (Due to the length of printing time, prints will need to be picked up at a later time.) Space is limited; check the children’s program guide for upcoming dates.
If you are more experienced with 3D design, you are welcome to use the design programs on the library computers. Children 12 and under who have a design that is ready to print and would like access to the printer may submit a request through our Ask a Children’s Librarian form. Someone will be in touch with you within 48 hours to arrange an appointment. Adults and children 13+ who have a design ready to print can use the Makerspace at the Williamsburg Library. Please note that projects are limited to 5-hour prints.