Free 3D printer access at Winters Community Library

The Winters Community Library will be offering free 3D printer access during the month of May.

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The Winters Community Library will be offering free 3D printer access, a new fun and creative service, during the month of May.

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a process of making three-dimensional objects from a digital file, usually by adding successive layers of heated, extruded material. The printers can be used to build objects from figurines to jewelry to household tools. Individuals can custom design objects using 3D modeling software, or they can visit websites, such as www.thingiverse.com, which provide design-ready objects for printing.

3D printer access will be available by appointment only for library cardholders at the Winters Community Library, located at 708 Railroad Avenue in Winters, during the following days and times:

·         Mondays: 2-5 p.m.

·         Tuesdays: 4-7 p.m.

·         Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

·         Thursdays: 4-7 p.m.

·         Fridays: 12-3 p.m.

·         Saturdays: 1-4 p.m.

To use a 3D printer, individuals must have: a Yolo County Library card in good standing; signed a user agreement and liability waiver; and viewed the instructional video(s) (found at: https://tinyurl.com/YCL3Dprinter) and posted on the Library’s website (or possess sufficient experience to use the equipment safely and appropriately). Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Want to see how it works and learn more? Join us on Thursday, May 2 for a 3D Printer Maker Lab from 6-8 p.m. Participants age 10 and up will experience hands-on learning with design using a 3D printer.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the California State Library, and the Friends of the Davis Public Library. For more information or to make an appointment, visit the Winters Community Library or: www.yolocountylibrary.org. Connect with the Yolo County Library on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.

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