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3D Printing Lunch & Learn for Public Libraries

Benefits of 3D printing for public libraries

When: Thursday, September 21, 2017
12:00 - 2:00pm
Where: Simsbury Public Library
725 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, Connecticut  06070
United States
Contact: Alena Principato
860-344-8777 x104

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3D Printing Lunch & Learn for Public Libraries

Sponsored by USI, Inc.

Makerbot in public library

Makerbot in public library

Makerbot public library


Public libraries:

  • Do you have a 3D printer that is underutilized?
  • Are you considering purchasing/adding/upgrading a 3D printer, but you're not sure if the expense is justifiable?
  • Do you question how a 3D printer can truly benefit your community once the novelty wears off?
  • Are you ready to go beyond making tchotchkes?

Then this is the program for you!



Join other public library staff at the Simsbury Public Library for lunch at noon, followed by a 90 minute presentation and Q&A about the practical benefits of 3D printers in public libraries. We'll consider:

  • How to build programs that develop design skills in your patrons (i.e., "Beyond Fidget Spinners")
  • Using your 3D printer as a catalyst for innovation and economic development in your community
  • Ideas for re-energizing and encouraging use of your 3D printers

Attendees can guide the discussion further through a Q&A session.


This free program is presented by USI and MakerBot. Please join us!


This is a free event, but registration is required. Please register using the link above. If you have any dietary restrictions, please be sure to indicate on the registration form.


DIRECTIONS to the Simsbury Public Library
725 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury


The Simsbury Public Library is located on Routes 10/202. It is the third building on the LEFT northward past the intersection of Route 167.

  • Via I-91: Take Exit 35B, Bissell Bridge to Route218. Turn onto West Wolcott Avenue (a RIGHT turn from I-91 South, a LEFT turn from I-91 North). Follow West Wolcott Avenue to the intersection of Route 185, and turn RIGHT onto Route 185. Follow Route 185 to the intersection of Routes 10/202, and turn RIGHT onto intersection of Routes 10/202, and turn RIGHT onto Routes 10/202.
  • Via I-84: Take Exit 39, Route 4, Farmington. Follow Route 4 to the intersection of Routes 10/202 (Waterville Road), and turn RIGHT onto Routes 10/202 North. At the intersection of Route 44, turn LEFT onto Route 44 West. Continue a short distance, and turn RIGHT onto Routes 10/202 North (Hopmeadow Street). 
Contact Alena Principato at CLC,, 860.344.8777 x104.


Camil Toumi   
Camil is an up and coming industry specialist. At work, Camil helps teach MakerBot's partners how to operate and sell MakerBot products. His first 2 years at MakerBot were spent spearheading initiatives to help educators and professionals integrate desktop 3D printing into their work.  At home, he enjoys using his 3D printer for projects around the house, making gifts, and developing product prototypes.
USI logo
CLC partners with USI to bring discounts to our library members on 3D printers and supplies, laminators and film, custom signage and displays, and more. Established in 1975 as a private family-owned company, USI has grown into an industry leader through a commitment to serving customers with premium, high quality products.


Makerbot logo stacked
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot has built the largest installed base of desktop 3D printers sold to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers.

Photo credits:

1. Long Beach (CA) Library (Orange County Register)

2. San Antonio (TX) Public Library (Rivard Report)

3. Toronto Reference Library (Torontoist)

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