Emerging 3D printers prove useful to users of all ages

Link via San Jose Mercury News

The star of new printing methods, of course, is the MakerBot 3D printer. Any community member can create a design using the free design program SketchUp and then watch it become a solid object using the printer. The library has since been able to acquire a second printer to serve as a backup.

The Sunnyvale library has offered several classes on how to design using SketchUp: two classes called “Think it, Design it, Make it” and two classes called “Art to Part: Bringing Invention to Life.” More than 270 people attended the first class and about 100 signed up for the others. More are planned.

MakerBot 3D Printer Educational Pricing

SketchUp Pro Educational Pricing

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