Petroglyph Elementary School's 3D Print Shop


At Petroglyph Elementary School, GenYES students known as the SWAT (Students Who Advance Technology) Team are making a big stir with their 3D print club! The SWAT Team meets once a week to create and print designs on Petroglyph’s 3D printers. The 4th and 5th grade students on the SWAT Team know safety procedures, care, and operation of the 3D printers. They’ve even unboxed and set one up themselves. Before working with the 3D printers independently, the GenYES students must become certified to use the printers by GenYES Facilitator Tia Turner.


GenYES SWAT Team members with 3D printed items that they've created.

GenYES SWAT Team members with 3D printed items that they've created.

A GenYES STL presents the work done with 3D printers at Petroglyph during a district technology workshop.

A GenYES STL presents the work done with 3D printers at Petroglyph during a district technology workshop.


The GenYES students at Petroglyph create 3D designs using the website Tinkercad. They capture drawings and turn them into 3D artworks, and create models of buildings, objects, and characters to print. Petroglyph’s talented students have even presented their work at district technology conferences in Albuquerque Public Schools.


A GenYES student's 3D design in Tinkercad.

A GenYES student's 3D design in Tinkercad.

The printed castle design.

The printed castle design.

The GenYES student with his 3d-printed design.

The GenYES student with his 3d-printed design.


Our 4th and 5th grade students have really worked hard these last 2 years building the program and learning so many skills.
— GenYES Facilitator Tia Turner

A flyer for the 3D printing business run by GenYES SWAT Team students.

A flyer for the 3D printing business run by GenYES SWAT Team students.

The GenYES SWAT team at Petroglyph has turned their 3D print club into a full-fledged business. At Petroglyph’s print shop, called Printoglyph, the SWAT Team sells printed designs to their peers. Inventory and profit is tracked via spreadsheets, and 20% of the profit is donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The students work in shifts at the print store on Thursdays and Fridays to sell designs for 50 cents or more, depending on the design’s complexity.