Intro to 3D Printing Class

Makers Mill continues its line up of virtual online workshops with Intro to 3D Printing presented by Elizabeth Helfer on Thursday, May 20th from 6-8pm.  

While fundraising continues to complete building renovations and open the doors at Makers Mill by the end of the year, a series of online workshops on a variety of topics is being offered. “While we are unable to run on-site programming until we have completed fundraising and the resulting renovations, these online workshops are a way to keep us connected to our community for now,” said Josh Arnold, Makers Mill Executive Director. “They are the thread that brings people together to discover, cultivate, and share their unique gifts and skills.”

In the first part of this virtual workshop, participants will learn what 3D printing is, how it works, and how they can start making their own 3D prints. Liz will discuss what 3D printers can do and how they can be used to create objects that support sculptural practice or art objects. The class 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, participants will start designing their own 3D object in TinkerCAD or SculptGL. At the conclusion, they will be able to send in a .STL file to Liz, who will print it out and then mail back the finished project.

Participants are encouraged to create a free TinkerCAD account prior to the workshop, and login at least once to understand the basic navigation of the TinkerCAD site.

This workshop will be conducted over Zoom and therefore 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! 

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. Liz can also be found at Liz Helfer Studios in Waltham, MA where she 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.

The Intro to 3D Printing workshop registration is $35 per person and is limited to 10 people on a first come first serve basis. Register online by going to or speak with Josh Arnold at the Makers Mill office to register over the phone by calling 603-344-5009.  Participants will be emailed a zoom link for the class once registered.

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