Cal U hosts free 3-D Printing Makeshop

You’ve heard the buzz about 3-D printing. Now children ages 9 and older can explore this 21st-century manufacturing technique at a free session presented by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and hosted by California University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Innovation at Southpointe.

The hands-on Mobile Makeshop® will be held from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Cal U Center for Innovation, located at 135 Technology Drive, Canonsburg, in the Southpointe business complex. Adults also are welcome to attend. Registration is open now at

Mobile Makeshop participants of all ages will:

  • Learn about additive manufacturing and 3-D printing.
  • Watch the university’s 3-D printer in action as it uses layers of melted plastic to build physical objects.
  •  Experiment with 3-D modeling software.
  •  Learn how to design digital files that the printer can translate into real-world items.

“California University of Pennsylvania is a tremendous resource for businesses and families, as well as our students, and Southpointe is an ideal location for community-focused efforts,” says Dr. Stephen Whitehead, association provost for innovation at Cal U.

“One role for the University is to promote education by bringing families together with creative organizations such as the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.”

To register for the free Mobile Makeshop, visit For more information, contact Cal U community education manager Christopher Allen at or 724-873-2765.

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