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Adventures in 3D Printing at the Seminole County Public Library

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Ever been curious about 3D printing, or wanted to see how it works for yourself? - Sara White, Seminole County Public Library.

Ever been curious about 3D printing, or wanted to see how it works for yourself? Thanks to a generous grant from the Oviedo Woman’s Club, the Seminole County Public Library officially launched its 3D printing services in June 2018. 

If you’re not familiar with 3D printing, it is a process of manufacturing three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. A spool of (often plastic) filament feeds into the 3D printer, which heats up the filament and applies it layer by layer to a printing plate, until the layers add up and a solid object is created. Many digital files for predesigned objects are available online, but 3D printing enthusiasts can also create their own models to print.

Library users can watch the 3D printers at work when they visit either the Central Branch in Casselberry or the East Branch in Oviedo. Print jobs cost only 35 cents per meter of filament used (minimum charge: $1.00), with most print jobs costing between $1 and $5. The print fee allows the Library to replenish its supply of 3D printer filament.

To learn more or to request a 3D print job, visit SeminoleLibrary.org, click “Events,” and select “3D Printing Services” from the  left-side menu.

Since the Library launched its 3D printing services, it has completed 107 print jobs, using 22 different colors of filament, with an average turnaround time of 5.5 days per job. Items printed for library users have included wizarding wands, pen holders, structural pieces for a model/doll house, and a prototype of an item the user was seeking to patent.

Kids in particular are fascinated by the possibilities of 3D printing. They ask questions about how the 3D printer works, what it is making, and what else it can make. In response to the natural curiosity kids have expressed about 3D printing, the Library is proud to be hosting 3D printing and modeling workshops for kids ages 8 to 12 this summer. 

3D Printing and Modeling for Tweens 
Do you have an 8- to 12-year-old who would be interested in 3D printing? Register for one of our summer workshops! Pre-registration required; space is limited.

Learn to use Tinkercad to build a 3D model, which can later be printed on the Library’s 3D printer.
*Two identical sessions are being offered per branch.

Thursday, June 6, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
West Branch Library (Wekiva/Longwood), 407-665-1670

Wednesday, June 19, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Northwest Branch Library (Lake Mary), 407.665-164


Monday, June 24, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Central Branch Library (Casselberry,) 407-665-1500

Saturday, July 6, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
North Branch Library (Sanford), 407-665-1620

Thursday, July 18, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
East Branch Library (Oviedo), 407-665-1560


Sara White is the youth services senior librarian at the Seminole County Public Library. She works actively with the Florida Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children. Want More Information?
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