Update -- The printer arrived Friday.  We assembled and printed our first parts over the weekend.  We'll be showing it off at our regular Wednesday evening open house.

We ordered a 3D printer with grant funds from the Framingham Cultural Council and a generous Makerspace member.  We decided on the Flashforge Creator Pro.  This printer has dual extruder heads and an 8.9 x 5.7 x 5.9 inch build area.

We will provide one to two hours per week, open to the public, free training on use of a 3D printer.  Training will include: how to find open source parts others have designed on the web; using the "slicer" software to prepare parts for printing; setting up the printer; various materials available to print; discussion of how the printer works; discussion on limitations on part geometry; introduction to 3D CAD programs to design your own parts.  Some nights will be stand alone intro training, while others will be a series of more in depth training.  Intent is not for each person to print their own part but to learn about 3D printing capabilities.

This program is supported in part be a grant from the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.