Technology

3D Printing Introductory Classes

lulzbot 3D printer

Q: Who can sign up?
A: Ages 8-80 are welcome to sign up! To sign up you must have a valid email address (or a parent’s email). This is used to sign up for a free account at Tinkercad.com
Children 8-13 will need a parent’s help setting up their account.
Sign up sheet is at the front desk.

Q: Why do I have to have an email address/signup at Tinkercad?
A: This website is a free Computer Aided Design program that will allow you to create 3D printable objects! Please know or bring in your login information if you already have an account. If you are 13-80 we can help you set up your account at the beginning of class.

Q: When are classes?
A: They will be every first and third Monday of the month at 3:30 pm depending on demand.

Q: How long are classes?
A: About 45 minutes.

Q: What if I already know Tinkercad and/or CAD software and want more advanced help?
A: There is a Tech Tuesday every week at 11 am. Come in and ask questions and/or get guidance for your 3D projects.

3D Printing Use

The 3D printer is available for printing services. If you have any questions please see staff and/or take our introductory class before getting started!

Q: What can I print?
A: The Library’s 3D printers are available to the public to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file. Patrons may email their .stl file to tech@kalkaskalibrary.org. Please include a contact phone number in your email, and Cc sarah@kalkaskalibrary.org and john@kalkaskalibrary.org to ensure same-day service.

Q: What are my restrictions?
A: The Library’s 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. The public will not be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printers to create material that is:

  1. Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  2. Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (Such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.)
  3. Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment.

Prints are subject to staff approval. If there is an issue during the process staff will contact you.

Q: How big can I print?
A: The printer can print anything within a 5x5x5 inch space at one time.

Q: How much does it cost.
A: A print using standard PLA material is $0.20 per gram.

Q: How long does it take to print?
A: Staff has 4-6 business days to evaluate, print, and return your object.

Clean-up and removal of extra plastic on the print will not be done by library staff.

LEGO Education WeDo 2.0

LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 makes elementary science come to life through hands-on tasks, real-world projects, and relevant technology that engages students.

Circulates within the library. Ages 7+

LEGO Education Simple & Powered Machines

This set contains a brick assortment that includes gears, wheels and axles, levers, and pulleys. Use this set with the accompanying curriculum pack to engage students in investigating and understanding the operation of simple and compound machines found in everyday life. The support materials provided in this curriculum pack include teacher guidance and student worksheets.

Circulates within the library. Ages 7+

Lego Tech for Teens

Every month build a different themed project at the library with our amazing Lego collections! Create projects from programming robotics with Lego WeDo to designing intricate structures with the Lego Architecture bricks. Check the calendar of events for dates and future projects.

Ages 13+

Talking Book Library

Has reading standard-print books become difficult for you? Let us help you register for this FREE

service provided by the Library of Congress! Get unabridged best-sellers, mysteries, westerns, biographies, how-to books, and more, mailed to your home! These books are high-quality digital recordings or printed in Braille, and the FREE talking book player is very simple to use.

Call (231) 258-9411 or stop by the library and we will help you enroll in this program.