3D Printing
A Powerful New Curriculum Tool for Your School Library
by Lesley M. Cano
August 2015, 187pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-977-8
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Imagine if students could conceptualize an object, design it, print it, and hold in their hands with minimal effort. With 3D technology, they can.

This beginner's guide to 3D design and printing provides librarians with lessons, tips, and instructions for integrating these technologies into the K–12 standards-based curriculum.

This fascinating primer illustrates how 3D printing can be used in different curriculum areas to engage and inspire your K–12 students. You’ll gain insight into the printing process and learn how to best utilize multi-dimensional equipment in your library. Written in non-technical language, the book introduces the technology, shows how to get started, and offers ideas for creating project-based learning models.

Author Lesley M. Cano, a school librarian with considerable experience integrating 3D printing into the school curriculum, discusses how to implement this technology in projects across disciplines ranging from math to fine arts and grade levels K through 12. She offers concrete examples that can be easily adjusted to fit subject areas and developmental needs. The title also includes step-by-step instructions for using freely available software tools along with practical tips and strategies to manage implementation of this innovative new technology.


  • Includes an appendix of resources for school librarians to get the most out of three-dimensional design and printing
  • Suggests practical lesson ideas for integrating 3D printing into language arts, math, science, and social studies
  • Focuses on 3D printing as a tool to engage students in curriculum content and promote hands-on, problem-based learning with a focus on authentic, practical application
  • Offers suggestions for policy development and guidelines for managing and implementing this powerful technology
Lesley M. Cano is school librarian at Remynse Elementary in Arlington, TX, where she was recognized as Teacher of the Year. In her role, she also provides professional learning opportunities for educators on integrating technology into the curriculum. Cano earned master's degrees in education and in library science from the University of North Texas.


"Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, 3D Printing: A Powerful New Curriculum Tool for Your School Library is an ideal introduction and instruction manual which is very highly recommended for the reference collections of public, corporate, governmental, and academic libraries."—Midwest Book Review, October 21, 2015
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