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3D printing workshops and classes for kids in New York City

At these city workshops, tykes can learn the technology behind 3D printing, print their designs instantly and turn any object into a wearable ring.

We first heard about 3D printing a few years back when Maker Faire rolled into town, and now, it's easier than ever for city kids to try it out for themselves. At the new MakerBot store in Soho, children ages five and up can take part in a Saturday morning 3D printing class—at the weekly drop-in sessions, kids explore the technology behind 3D printing, learn the basics of Tinkercad and print mini versions of their designs. The store will also host seasonally-themed workshops throughout the year (next up is St. Patty's Day on March 3). Starting this weekend, as well, kids can get their DIY on at the NYC Makery, a pop-up studio in Brooklyn (51 Bergen St at Smith St). Through April 30, wannabe inventors can build robotic arms, solder circuits, design video games and use the Makerbot 3D print to “print” 3D toy models they’ve designed on the computer. (Special free open houses will take place on Sunday, February 17 and Sunday, February 24). There's also one more weekend to check out the 3DEA pop-up shop, located in the Eventi Hotel in Chelsea (it closes on Sunday, February 17). Kids can print 3D designs on the spot with Ultimaker’s Doodle3D Bar or head to the ShapeShot photobooth, where kids (and pets!) can have their faces scanned and turned into a plastic print, charm or even a coffee mug. 

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