When we got our 3d Printer, it wasn’t long before we realized that the printing part of the process is the easy part. Oh sure, there are little things here and there that make it difficult, but that only happens some of the time. What is difficult all of the time, is designing objects to be printed.
We decided to stress the importance (and coolness) of patrons getting familiar with CAD software so that they could see the 3d printing process soup to nuts. To support this, we have been pointing folks TinkerCad-ward, because it was browser-based and free. I had poked around a tad but really hadn’t the time to get into things. Until recently.
A few weeks back, my director sent me a link to an ALA article that detailed a program run by a Teen Librarian that helps patrons design and print their own bookmarks. The article didn’t have the step-by-step instructions, so I took it the next step and created the document myself.
Because it’s a lengthy process, I’m not going to recreate it here. In the stead, I shall give you the pdf I created.
In case you want to see a more details, here’s the original program details from Micheal Cherry, the Teen & Youth Librarian at Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library in Evansville, Indiana: 3d-printed-bookmarks