Hinsdale Public Library 3D Printing Programs

One of the primary uses of the 3D printer at HPL is as an outreach tool. We have had a lot of success working with teachers and MRC directors to set up a time that myself or another staff member can come in to teach the students how to use Tinkercad. We’ll work with the school ahead of time to set up a prompt or lesson to tie in with so that students will have a good idea of what they would like to create. The 3D printer usually comes with us since it’s catnip for the students and it helps drive home the idea that their 3D model they create in Tinkercad will be printed 1:1 on the library’s printer. The student’s work is usually printed at the library and picked up by the teacher. Some examples of projects HPL has facilitated in the past:tinker-3d-printing-pptx

3D Printing Parties: We’ve donated private 3D printing parties to several of the PTOs in the school districts that we serve. We design and print the school’s logo and the PTO will display the items at auctions during their fundraising events. This has helped raise the profile of the library’s 3D printing events and helped HPL make connections with Hinsdale residents who are not regular library users.


HPL worked with the local parochial school on an art class unit on home design in the US. Prior to our visit, students walked around the neighborhood surrounding their school and learned about the various architectural styles represented. On the day that HPL staff visited students learned about the Cape Cod cottage, one of the first American house styles. Using Tinkercad students built their own Cape Cod cottage and then built additions onto the basic cottage similar to the way that colonists would have. The cottages were printed at the library and dropped off at a later date.


We also worked with the art technology teacher at the local middle school for the last 3 years on a more artistically minded project. After HPL staff taught students how to work with Tinkercad, students had to design a 3D object that responded to a particular prompt. One year it was “Reinventing Normal”–design a unique object that would solve an everyday problem. Students designed everything from a cat/unicorn ring holder to a flying house (so you’d never have to leave home).


In a previous year, students were asked to create a $1,000,000 project. Responses ranged from million dollar houses to self-inking pens.

If you have any questions or would like to have us come out to demo our 3D printer for you or other library people, you can email me.

Ridgeway Burns

rburns (at) hinsdalelibrary.info


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