3D Printing and Making for Everyone This Weekend

This weekend every Barnes & Noble is hosting a Mini MakerFaire along with a series of parallel activities where visitors will be able to try some cutting edge educational products. And if you happen to be in Seattle, the Public Library will offer a series of 3D printing workshops every weekend so there is no excuse not to join in the Making spirit, and if possible even introduce someone you know into this creative sphere.

Barnes & Noble’s project includes activities for all ages, although children might be the ones enjoying the most, making this weekend affair a great family activity. Meanwhile, the workshops organized by Seattle’s Public Library are decidedly more oriented for teens and adults; in them, attendees will get a chance to learn how to model 3D objects, export and print their creations. Both projects have the intention of introducing more people into the exciting world of Making.

Barnes & Noble Mini MakerFaire. Image via: Barnes & Noble
Coming to a B&N near you. Image via: Barnes & Noble

At Every Barnes & Noble

The Mini MakerFaire being hosted at all store locations at the same time serves a double purpose; it celebrates experienced Makers who want to show, connect and share their inventions with their local public; it also allows to-be-Makers a chance to try educational products in order to learn about 3D printing, coding, robotics, digital media, virtual reality and more. 

In essence, the nationwide Mini MakerFaire allows Makers, educators, leading educational brands and authors to promote the Maker Movement, a philosophy that embraces a collaborative, open, creative do-it-yourself spirit.

“Barnes & Noble has once again created a never-before-done schedule of events, interactive activities and speakers, to provide the best possible experience for customers as they enjoy access to tools and resources, learn new skills, discover their personal Making passion, and are inspired by local Makers in their communities,” said Dale Dougherty, founder and CEO of Make: and Maker Faire.

The schedule, which will be the same at every store is as follows:

Make Workspace

November 5th and 6th

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

“Join us in all Barnes & Noble stores for demonstrations that will amaze and inspire you! Experience the latest in virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, pen-invent technology, robotics, coding, programming, and more.”

Meet the Makers

November 5th and 6th

“Come meet the leaders of the Maker movement! Hear from these innovators and top brands about the latest trends in designing, building, creating, and making. They’ll be visiting your local store to talk about their process, their creations, and their vision.”

Make & Collaborate

November 5th and 6th

12–5 p.m.

“We provide the materials: you dream up the product. The only limit is your imagination. Immerse yourself in the process of ideating, creating, and constructing with a vast array of materials ideally suited for making anything possible.”

To find out if there is a Barnes & Noble near you visit this site.


Over at Emerald City

Seattle's Public Library is a fine sight. Image via Gavroche Enterprises Corp., DBA Marketeering Group
Seattle’s Public Library is a fine sight. Image via Gavroche Enterprises Corp., DBA Marketeering Group

Meanwhile, Seattle Public Library’s two-day workshops on 3D printing basics will be occurring at four locations throughout November. Throughout these two days, you will learn the essentials of 3D printing, for free. Expect to learn how to model your ideas using Rhino 5 software’s excellent 3D modelling interface, how to export your creations and upload them to Intentional3D’s printing lab. A few days later, you will receive your 3D printed creation by mail on behalf of the Public Library.

For more information visit this site.

Dates, times and locations for the 3D Printing workshops:

Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Lake City Branch,

12501 28th Ave. N.E.,


Registration is required.


Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Delridge Branch,

5423 Delridge Way S.W.,


Registration is required.


Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Fremont Branch,

731 N. 35th St.,


Registration is required.


Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Central Library,

1000 Fourth Avenue,

Level 4, Boeing Technology Training Center Room 3,


No registration required.


Future 3DPI readers. Image Via: Maker Faire

The Maker Fever

As reported last week at 3DPI, the world is getting it’s 1000th FabLab (or maybe already has..) and an increasing number of MakerSpaces are being developed for educational purposes. The Maker Fever continues to build and this is the right time to spread it if you are an experienced creator, or get involved and join a course if you were waiting for an opportunity to become a Maker.

At 3DPI we want to know how you are using 3D printing. Are you involved with a local Makerspace or Fab Lab, what projects you have developed, or how have you used your 3D printer in creative ways. Send us an email with MAKER as the subject!

Featured image shows Resurrection Robot via Maker Faire