The Seattle Public Library will offer two-day workshops on 3D printing basics at two locations in March. Attendees will learn how to design 3D models from prototype to final product, and then send their models off to be printed-all for free.

This beginner's workshop is a two-part introductory series that will uncover the core processes behind 3D printing and introduce the basic concepts behind Rhino 5 software's 3D modeling tools. Participants will create and customize a small object with monograms, colors or patterns, then finish designing the 3D model and upload it to Intentional3D's 3D printing lab. No prior experience with 3D printing is necessary to take this workshop.

The Library will provide a coupon that covers up to $25 for the cost of printing a 3D model. Print jobs will be mailed to participants.

Dates and times for 3D Printing workshops:

  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5 at the High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St., 206-684-7454. Registration is required.
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 at the Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way, 206-684-4704. Registration is required.

Library programs are free and open to the public. When registration is required, participants must register for both workshop dates-3D Printing Basics: Part 1 and Part 2-at the same location. To sign up, call a Library location. Class sizes at Library branches are limited to 10 attendees. Up to five people can be added to the waitlist when the class size has reached its capacity. The workshops are intended for teens and adults.