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School Library System - WSWHE BOCES: 3D Printing

Information and Resources for School Librarians

Resources for Educators

3-D Printing Brings Practical Engineering Back to the Classroom

Introducing your students to 3D Printing

MakerBot Academy: Learn how to use the MakerBot 3D Printer from the experts

New Models for Education: Maker Faire and the Young Makers Program

Intellectual Property and the Future of @Home Manufacturing


A guide to help you get started with 3D Printing

Learn More About 3D Printing


Thingiverse offers thousands of items to print on the 3D printer.

Free 3D Design Software

Listed below are 3D design programs to use with your students.  All are free and easy to use, but may require downloading the program to your computer.

TinkerCad ( Easiest software to use. Involves combining blocks and other shapes to create your object. Ideal for elementary and middle school levels, plus for non technical users.

Blender ( Open source and free design software. Ideal for artists exploring 3D design.



Sketchup ( More advanced but straight forward to use. Good for learning the basics of 3D printing and making your first real 3D designs. Once you gain more mastery, you can purchase an upgrade to start making more advanced designs

Autodesk123D Design ( a simple 3D creation and editing tool.


Professional Software

Below is a list of professional software that requires purchasing a license.

3D Ornaments

Visit the Smithsonian to download ornaments entered into the White House 3D Printed Ornament Challenge.

10 Great Short Prints

10 Great Short Prints by John Abella

Each of these prints take less than 30 minutes.  Perfect for a demonstration or one last quick print at the end of the day.

Make Your Own Cookie Cutter