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Ahrens Memorial Library has two 3D printers to demonstrate the technology and educate patrons in their use. Classes are offered on a regular basis to instruct patrons on 3D printer usage. Attendance at the classes is required for using the 3D printers; satisfactory completion of all courses is required for unattended use of the 3D printers. 3D printing privileges can be revoked at any time. 

3D Printing Basics—MakerBot 101
This basic class introduces the concept of 3D printing, the MakerBot printer, filament, common problems, file types, and creating your own .stl files. A certificate of completion will be awarded after the class. This certificate must be presented when signing up for the Advanced class. MakerBot 101 is geared towards middle school ages and up. Under 12, parents should be in the class as well.

3D Printing Advanced—FlashForge
The second class in the series, introduces the FlashForge and Simplify 3D software. This includes details on supports, infill options, temperature changes and more. Discussions on the ethics of 3D printing will also be addressed. A certificate of completion will be awarded after the class. This certificate must be presenting when signing up for the Pro class. The 3D Printing Advanced class is intended for high school ages and up. If a youth under 15 wants to be involved, their parents should be in the class as well.

3D Printing Pro—FlashForge
The third class demonstrates to the instructor the proper use of the 3D printer. Once patrons talk the IT person through the process of printing with almost no errors, they can get an Ahrens Memorial 3D Printing Pro card and be allowed to schedule prints and load them without staff assistance; must show card when loading print. The 3D Printing Advanced class is intended for high school ages and up. If a youth under 15 wants to be involved, their parents should be in the class as well.

Prior Use Patrons
Patrons who have had prior experience on this or other 3D printers can be awarded certificates or cards based on the IT person’s judgment; if he recommends they take a course as remediation—they have to complete the classes in the recommended order from their starting point.
 

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