The La Vista Public Library recently hosted a makerspace studio, featuring equipment such as a laser cutter, vinyl cutter, 3D printer, embroidery machine, heat press, CNC router and a laminator. The studio also included:
Lego Mindstorm kit
Audio/music recording kit
Camera/video/green screen kit
The La Vista Public Library is no longer hosting the Innovation Studio Makerspace, but it is in the process of creating its own permanent makerspace. Below you can see some information on the machines that were previously on loan to us.
If you would like to provide any input on what equipment you may like to see permanently in the library, feel free to contact the library at 402.537.3900.
The Library Innovation Studio Project was available through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Nebraska Library Commission. Its goal is to empower communities with the tools and guidance to explore, collaborate, create, learn and invent through participatory learning experiences.
Print your own 3D models with the MakerBot Replicator+ which offers easy to use software and 10 colors of PLA plastic to choose from. Pre-made 3D models can be found on the Thingiverse website or makers can try their hand at designing their own 3D models on Tinkercad. Makers are welcome to make their designs at home ahead of time and save them on a USB. Prices for prints are calculated per oz. of filament used.
PRINTING WEAPONS IS NOT ALLOWED.
Prints must fit within the print space which is 20.8” (long) x 17.4” (wide) x 16.2” (high).
The CNC Router makes cutting patterns easy with its array of drill bits. Materials that cannot be cut with the laser cutter may be able to be engraved or cut out with the CNC Router. METALS CANNOT BE USED in the CNC Router as they would damage the drill bits. However, most woods and plastics can be used granted they fit within the dimensions of the machine. Like the laser cutter, materials will be available for purchase for use with the CNC Router or makers can bring their own materials.
Materials must be no more than 11.5” (long) x 7.5” (wide) x 2.75” (thick).
With the Bernette embroidery machine makers can stitch detailed embroidery into shirts, pillows, aprons, and any other cloth they so desire. This machine also functions as a standard sewing machine. A large selection of sewing and embroidery thread is provided free of charge, but there is a small price for using the stabilizer fabric.
Embroidery designs must fit within a design area that is 6.68” x 4.33” (170 mm x 110 mm).
Makers can design their own t-shirts and other customized items with the heat press machine. Prints can be pressed onto either cotton or polyester blend fabrics. Besides fabric, this machine can also imprint photos on mousepads, mugs, ceramic or glass tiles, and metal.
Heat press designs must fit within a design area that is 6” x 11”.
The Universal Laser Cutter offers a wide range of capabilities from engraving to cutting out designs from wood, paper, and plastic. Materials are available to purchase from the studio to be used with the laser cutter. However, with the current high demand for wood, some supplies may not be restocked. If a maker wants to bring their own material(s) to be used with the laser cutter, they must bring a receipt or leave the label on the item so we can check what it is made of.
Materials must be no more than 16” (long) x 12” (wide) x 4” (thick).
Using the Corel DRAW software users can create their own vinyl stickers. Two types of vinyl are available, one that is more removable (like a standard sticker) and one that has a stronger adhesive and is more permanent. We don’t recommend using the stronger vinyl on walls, but it is great for creating car decals or for placing on well-used items that might wear. Prices will be charged by the linear inch based upon the type of vinyl selected.