Intro to 3D Printing

5/20/2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET

Photo: Liz with a role of PLA filament next to a 3D printer at Hatch Makerspace 2019

 Makers Mill is thrilled to offer Intro to 3D Printing, a virtual workshop led by Elizabeth Helfer on Thursday, May 20th from 6-8pm.  

 In the first part of this virtual workshop, you will learn what 3D printing is, how it works, and how you can start making your own 3D prints. We will discuss what 3D printers can do and how they can be used to create objects that support sculptural practice or art objects themselves. We will look at popular software and applications that enable 3D printing, as well as mapping the basic component parts of an FDM/FFF 3D printer.

In the second part of the workshop, you will start designing your own 3D object in TinkerCAD or SculptGL. At the conclusion, you will be able to send in a .STL file to Liz, who will print it out for you at Hatch Makerspace. Your finished project will then be mailed to you.

You are encouraged to create a free TinkerCAD account prior to the workshop. After creating your account, please login at least once to understand the basic navigation of the TinkerCAD site.

This workshop will be conducted over Zoom and thereby requires computer proficiency and access to a laptop or desktop computer. A mouse with a scroll wheel is recommended. This same class was hosted by the Governor Wentworth Arts Council earlier in the spring, so if you were interested and missed it, now’s your chance to sign up! 

About the Artist

Liz Helfer Studios is located in Waltham, MA, where Liz creates sculptures by commission and for exhibition. Liz has focused on metal for over a decade because of its historical complexity and perceived value. However, in recent years she has moved into a mixed media practice that addresses our impending environmental peril.

Liz grew up in New Durham, NH, and has been active in the Lakes Region cultural scene. After graduating from Alfred University, Liz traveled to create sculptures across the USA and Europe. You can find her permanent public sculptures at the Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum in Latvia, in Palmyra, NY, and in Newton, MA. She is currently the Coordinator at Hatch Makerspace in Watertown, MA, where she teaches new technologies to the greater Boston community.

The cost is $35 per person.  If you prefer to register and pay over the phone call Josh Arnold at the Makers Mill office at 603-344-5009.  Once registered, you will be emailed a zoom link for the class.  

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