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3D Printer

We're very excited to announce that the Newton Free Library has purchased a 3D printer! 3D printing is a process for making a physical object from a three- dimensional digital model by laying down successive, thin layers of material. It's also called additive manufacturing. There are many kinds of printers out there that handle materials from ceramic to plastic to powdered titanium. The Newton Free Library now has a MakerBot Replicator 2X that can print in plastic.

Click here for more details on using the Makerbot Replicator 2x.

What is STEAM?

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics. Educationally this maps onto the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) initiative from the U. S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. We like to add an “A” too for Art, making it STEAM! 3D printing is a multidisciplinary technology that integrates all five.

When can you participate?

We have STEAM programs for all ages and an annual STEAM Expo. This year's STEAM expo will be held on July 18th.

Why do STEAM programming?

We want you to learn about the latest technologies first-hand and develop your skills in designing, making, tinkering, and more! Our goal is to make new technologies more accessible to everyone and to provide innovative programming that’s all about experimentation and hands-on learning.