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The library now has a MakerBot Replicator 3D printer (5th generation) thanks to the Arlington ISD Education Foundation. See Mrs. Severns if you are interested in attending a training session. You'll get a certificate and will be able to print your first original creation for free...if you attend the training. Training will be offered periodically and will involve two face-to-face sessions which you can attend either during lunch or after school.

To enroll in the Canvas course instead, go to


In the course are ten easy lessons!

Resources Including Documents and Links

Please read the article below before you even consider printing a 3D object. It may be protected by Copyright (i.e. famous stuff such as Disney characters).

Barnett, Melissa. "The Next Big Fight: 3D Printing and Intellectual Property." Technology Law Source. Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, 21 Jan. 2014. Web. 21 June 2016.

Ordinary people, including teenagers, are patenting and selling their original creations. Want to copyright your own original creations? Start here:

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/ (This is a great site for copyrighting material you post online.)
http://copyright.gov/eco/ (This is the U.S. Copyright Office's registration site.)

View the PowerPoint below to learn how to use Tinkercad (free 3D modeling software freely available at tinkercad.com

The document below gives you a one page overview of the 3D printing process:

View the PowerPoint to learn more about the MakerBot 5th Generation Replicator including how it works and safety precautions.

The MakerBot Replicator, 5th Generation Official Manual:


Websites for Ready-made designs:

http://www.shapeways.com/ (Allows you to buy or sell 3D works)
http://www.stlfinder.com/ (.stl search engine)

Sites for Designing and Exporting Your Original Works:

https://www.tinkercad.com/ (Easiest to learn but does have limitations)
http://pixologic.com/sculptris/ (Mold virtual clay into a shape; uses a lot of your computers resources so don't use it on an old computer.) Download comes with documentation/instructions.
http://www.sketchup.com/ (More complex than Tinkercad; involves drawing but easier to cut items away and carry out some other processes.
Sketchup Tutorials: http://www.sketchup.com/learn/videos/58?playlist=58
http://www.meshmixer.com/ (3D modeling involving the manipulation of triangles.
http://www.123dapp.com/design (Similar to Tinkercad but it's harder to learn. However, you can do more with it.)
https://www.blender.org/ (You can do so much more with this than 3D modeling. This is great for animators as well, and it's completely free and open source)
http://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/students-teachers-educators (Free Autodesk 3D modeling software for students and teachers)

3D Designing Apps for iPad

Makerbot Printshop


Step-by-Step Guide for the new Tinkercad Beta:

https://www.youtube.com/user/Tinkercad (Tinkercad's Youtube Channel)

Creative Commons License
3D Printing Resources by Suzanne Severns is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at http://martinhslibrary.wikispaces.com/3D+Printing.

Image of the prosthetic hand is from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is in the public domain.