Apply for a Free 3D Printer from 3D Systems!

3D Systems, in collaboration with YALSA, is committed to expanding young people’s access to 21st century tools like 3D design, 3D scanning and 3D printing.’  The MakerLab Club is a brand new community of thousands of U.S. libraries and museums committed to advancing 3D digital literacy via dedicated equipment, staff training and increased public access.

3D Systems will provide new 3D printers to qualified libraries and museums across the country.’  Recipients will be selected via an application process and are expected to join the MakerLab Club as well as provide access to 3D printing and design programs and services for their communities.’  Libraries can apply via an online application now until November 17th, 2014. Printers will be allocated on a competitive basis.

Membership in the MakerLab Club is available to libraries committed to creating or expanding makerlabs and/or making activities and to providing community access to 3D printers and digital design.

Libraries can receive up to four Cube 3D printers, as well as regular access to workshop curricula and content via webinars. Libraries will also receive exclusive equipment discounts and opportunities to win free hardware and software. In addition to resources and training library staff can join and participate in communities of practice in order to exchange ideas and best practices.

Learn more about making in libraries via the resources on YALSA’s wiki, including a free webinar and downloadable toolkit.’  And be sure to mark your calendar for March 8 – 14, 2015 when we celebrate Teen Tech Week with the theme “Libraries are for Making ____________.”

For more information about the printers, please contact Neal Orringer at

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  1. I did apply for the 3D printer but I wanted to also add that our school is hosting the AISL (Association of International School Librarians) Convention in April 2015 and one of the days will be held at my school. We will be show casing our Maker Space and this three day convention will have over 120 visiting media specialists from all over the U.S. and Canada.

  2. Does anyone that frequents this Blog have contact information for questions regarding the MakerLab Club Application? I just have a few questions I would like answered. If anyone does have any information, please email me at! Thanks so much!

  3. The link to the online application isn’t working. Can you email me an active one? Thanks!

  4. I applied, too!

    Any idea when they’ll announce the winners?

  5. Montserrat Inglada

    I applied as well and gave been checking my email, as well as YALSA and I haven’t seen anything on the winners! Anyone hear anything or know when they are announcing the winners?

    • We have also been checking our emails to see if the winners have been announced. We have not received a yea or a nay. I have been looking online to see if there is a press release out on the winners, and cannot find anything.

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