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3D Printer

We’re very excited to announce that the Newton Free Library has purchased a 3D printer! 3D printing is a process for making a physical object from a three- dimensional digital model by laying down successive, thin layers of material. It's also called additive manufacturing. There are many kinds of printers out there that handle materials from ceramic to plastic to powdered titanium. The Newton Free Library now has a MakerBot Replicator 2X that can print in plastic.

What is STEAM?

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics. Educationally this maps onto the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) initiative from the U. S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. We like to add an “A” too for Art, making it STEAM! 3D printing is a multidisciplinary technology that integrates all five.

When can you participate?

Every month we’ll have a STEAM theme and be running programs for all ages. March is National Craft Month, so that’s when be kicking off our year of STEAM programming. Our two-month long kick-off will be celebrated with a Creator Faire on Saturday, April 26.

Why do STEAM programming?

We want you to learn about the latest technologies first-hand and develop your skills in designing, making, tinkering, and more! Our goal is to make new technologies more accessible to everyone and to provide innovative programming that’s all about experimentation and hands-on learning.

Who is Kevin?


Kevin Osborn, will be our Maker-in-Residence this year. A long-time engineer, Kevin has a passion for making things and teaching people to create things they may never have dreamed of. He has had his hands in everything from video games, to printer guts and Enterprise software. Check out his blog:

MARCH : 3D Printing Month

What is 3D Printing Anyway?

Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 pm ▪ Druker Auditorium

An interactive demonstration and lecture on the revolutionary technology of 3D printing. Learn about the Library's new MakerBot 3D printer and have the opportunity to see some 3D printers in action.

3D Design workshop with Kevin (for kids)

Wednesday, March 19, 2:00 pm ▪ Druker Auditorium

Online registration is required and begins March 4th.

Learn how 3D printers work by making things yourself! A fun interactive activity for kids in grades K-5. (Adults are requested to remain with kids under the age of 8.) Learn about the Library's new Makerbot 3D printer, and walk away with your own three-dimensional creation.

Making things in 3D: Design to Print (for teens)

Thursday, March 20, 4:00 pm ▪ ITTC

We’ll be designing 3D objects using free computer- aided design software and then printing them on the Newton Free Library’s new 3D printer.

3D Printing: How It’s Used at Olin College

Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 pm ▪ Druker Auditorium

Learn how Olin College makes use of their 3D printer; they have begun to integrate 3D printing into their curriculum and research. Find out what they are up to at this exciting program.