Community Building: 3D Print a Sculpture Garden

Are you interested in 3D printing? Looking to design something fun and unique? Join us this summer as part of Make Summer Yours: Start with Art and make your own miniature sculpture for our community sculpture garden. 

Using free, 3D modeling programs such as TinkerCad, you can create, design and print a sculpture that will be part of our community sculpture garden display. Share and submit your design to have it printed at one of our print pick-up locations and be a part of this fun collaborative citywide movement. What sculpture will you design?  

How Do I Participate?

  1. Create an account on Tinkercad with the help of a parent or caregiver if you're under 13.
  2. Watch the tutorial videos to help you create a sculpture.
  3. For further assistance, sign up for one of our Zoom 3D printing workshops.
  4. Fill out the form below to submit your design. If you have any questions, email CPLkids@chipublib.org.
  5. Your 3D design can be printed. You can pick up a print of your design at one of 16 CPL locations. 

How Can I Get Help?

Register for one of our online workshops to see a 3D printing demonstration or get hands-on practice and helpful suggestions for using Tinkercad.

You can also watch our Tinkercad video tutorials and view, step-by-step, how to get started on creating a sculpture. Also, you have access our CPL kids classroom TinkerCad account to see examples of sculptures, access various templates, or design your own sculpture. Follow these steps to access the account:  

  1. Go to the Join Class page on Tinkercad. 
  2. Enter your class code:T2TU 4PA3 KKFP
  3. Enter the nickname: SLC2021
  4. To use the template designs, please create a duplicate and then make edits. This ensures the templates are available for everyone. 

Additional Information

  • Please only submit a sculpture for printing. We will not be able to print other designs at this moment.  
  • Each participant is limited to four prints maximum.
  • Please give us one to two weeks to print your design. Depending on the size of your design, we may need to make adjustments.
  • Wanted to put your sculpture on a pedestal? Upload this design to TinkerCad to use this template.
  • In order to prevent long print times, please make sure your print isn’t too large and fits in a 60mm x 60mm x 60mm cube. 
  • While supplies last, earn a 3D printed art tool when you submit and pick up your print design. 

Submit Your Design

Kids, please ask your grown-up to fill out this form. Chicago Public Library cannot collect personal information online from kids 0 to 13.