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America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. The rise of the Maker Movement and growing community of self-identified “Makers” is a huge opportunity for the United States. 3D Printing is a signature project of the Maker Movement,a cultural shift from consumption to creation.
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arrowThe Berkshire Athenaeum is proud to offer 3D Printing to the City of Pittsfield! The Reference Department has available for general use one Ultimaker 2 and one SeeMeCNC Orion. The Children’s Library has available one Ultimaker 2 which is included in programming in the Children’s Library.
The Reference Department recognizes that 3D Printing and Computer Aided Design (CAD) is new to our community. We recognize that the schedules and needs of members in our city varies widely, so in addition to onsite sessions  we are offering a self-guided program that can largely be completed on your own time. Please consult the library website for details on our self-guided program.

Staff-led workshops will be offered as follows:

arrow3D Wow:
Topics covered will include what is 3D Printing, Why 3D Printing and how to change filament. Offered at 3 pm on Wednesday, February 8; Wednesday, March 8; Wednesday, April 5.

 arrow3D Let’s Print:
Topics covered will include slicing programs and how to release a job using each machine. We will be reviewing: MatterControl software (SeeMeCNC Orion) & Cura software (Ultimaker 2); how to change filament & addressing additional questions.  Offered at 3 pm on Wednesday, February 15; Wednesday, March 15; Wednesday, April 26.

arrowFall in Love With Printing:
Just in time for Valentine’s Day or Saint Patrick’s Day, join us in making hearts, Shamrocks or other seasonal designs. Have other design ideas that you would like to try? Go ahead and test your luck: join our two-part, project based workshops, meet other makers and have fun. Offered at 3 pm on Thursday, February 9 & 16; Thursday, March 9 & 16; Thursday, April 6 & 13.

arrowSpace is limited. Registration is required and accepted three weeks before each session.  Register at the library’s website Calendar of Events or by contacting the Reference Department at or (413) 499-9480 x202 during library hours.


Updated January 20, 2017