3D Printing Workshop at Gateshead Library


On Saturday 1st March, Maker Space gave a 3D Printing workshop at Gateshead Library which was funded by The Carnegie Trust.  The aim of the workshop was to teach people how to get started in the world of 3D Printing.

After an introduction to the basics of 3D printers and the different types of additive manufacturing techniques, the main focus of the day was to try out a few different 3D CAD packages and turn the designs into finished prints.

Will demonstrated OpenSCAD, which is a script based CAD package.  You can use it to design your object by describing it in your script and then rendering it as a 3D model.  This makes it great for quickly creating geometric models and machine parts.

Glen demonstrated FreeCAD which is a parametric 3D modeller.  This take a more graphical approach, allowing you to work directly on your model, adding parameters and constraints to clearly define your shape.

After the participants had tried out a few examples using both packages, Will demonstrated how Skeinforge can be used to slice up your models and generate the GCode with the correct settings for your printer.

All the software used during the day is free and can be downloaded from the following links:

OpenSCAD - http://www.openscad.org/about.html

FreeCAD - http://www.freecadweb.org/

Skeinforge - http://fabmetheus.crsndoo.com/

There are loads of other tools available, both free and licensed.  These are just the ones we looked at during the day.

If you fancy having a go at the workshop yourself then please let us know.  We might be looking to repeat it later in the year.

 More information about Gateshead Libraries can be found on their website http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/libraries/

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Learn 3D printing – 1st March

Introduction to 3D Printers [Or: Time to learn to use a 3D printer!]

3D Printers are being talked about a lot recently, but wouldn’t it be
good to use one?
Makerspace and Gateshead Libraries will be running a workshop to get
you up to speed on 3D printing on

Makerspace Ms printing in the Reprap

1 March, from 10:00 till 14:00

Gateshead Central Library,
Prince Consort Rd,




It is aimed at those interested in getting to grips with the technical aspects of 3D printing,
from the principles to the practice.

The one day course will cover:

  • What ’3D printing’ actually means,
  • The stages of creating an object for printing,
  • A practical introduction to different tools that can be used to
    design an object for printing,
  • 3D printers will actually be printing on the day
    + plenty of opportunities to ask questions

With the skills the course will help you develop, you can design an
object and come down to Makerspace (central Newcastle) and print
something out yourself! (Help will be on hand should you want it…)

The course is free, thanks to the Carnegie UK Trust, Gateshead
Libraries and the volunteers at Makerspace.

To sign up,  contact Jaqui Thompson at  Gateshead Library via jacquithompson@gateshead.gov.uk  or direct line: 0191 4338406

Places are strictly limited so it’s first come first served !


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