What is a Makerspace?
A Makerspace is an area and/or service that offers library patrons an opportunity to create intellectual and physical materials using resources such as computers, 3-D printers, audio and video capture and editing tools, and traditional arts and crafts supplies.
Some equipment may only be operated by library staff. Equipment and tools for patron use are on an appointment-only basis, and we will need at least a 24-hour notice.
- Some equipment/tools may have additional rules. Please see the information below for each type of equipment.
- Unless the library is leading a program, all materials must be furnished by the patron. Please see the information below for specifics.
- To use the Makerspace, you must be a patron is good standing with ACPL (no overdues, no fines).
Use of Equipment by Patrons
Use of Equipment by Staff Only
HEAT PRESS for T-shirts
Our heat press consists of 15″×15″ heated plates. Patrons must supply their own materials for use but library staff will need to approve them ahead of time. Patrons must fill out a liability waiver form each time they use the press and receive operational instructions prior to each use. Heat gloves (provided by the library) must be worn while operating. Appointment required.
Patrons must be familiar with basic sewing machine use and use their own materials (fabric and thread). Basic tools are available, however, including scissors, cutting mats, rotary blades, stitch removers, etc. Appointment required.
Patrons are welcome to use our large paper trimmer by appointment.
Patrons must have their own Cricut Design account and may provide their own tablet or laptop. Alternatively, the library does have a desktop computer that a patron may log in to.
Patrons must provide their own materials (paper, vinyl, pens, etc.) but they will need to be approved by library staff prior to use. Patrons are allowed to use the library’s Cricut tools (blades, mats, scissors, etc.).
Users should know how to operate the equipment before making an appointment. Users may schedule a separate appointment for instructional use
Staff Operated for Patron Projects
Our laminating machines are for staff use only. Patrons wishing to laminate items may request this service for a fee. We charge $0.50/linear foot plus $0.25 per item trimming. Patrons may elect to do their own trimming.
The 3D Printer is unavailable for direct patron use. Patrons must email library staff at email@example.com with their desired print, and a staff member will reply with an estimated cost (we charge $1 for every 30 minutes of print time) and to confirm other details.
Staff will also notify a patron prior to printing so that he/she may observe a portion of the printing. Patrons may design their own prints, but staff is unable to assist. Patrons may also send prints/links from Thingiverse.com.
All prints are subject to staff approval. Patrons are not permitted to use the Library’s 3D printers to produce materials that:
- Violate local, state, or federal laws or regulations;
- Look like, function as, or appear to function as weapons or parts thereof;
- Appear unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or that otherwise pose a threat to the health or safety of others, including animals;
- May be construed as obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment;
- Potentially violate the intellectual property rights of others.
This service is not intended for production or manufacturing, and the Library reserves the right to refuse to print large numbers of identical objects.
A GlowForge is a laser cutter. It cuts and engraves surfaces (wood, acrylic, leather, etc.) using a laser.
How does it work?
- The GlowForge can can accommodate materials measuring 12″ x 20″ and up to 2″ thick. The Passthrough slot accommodates material that is up to 20″ wide, up to 1/4″ thick, and as long as you want.
- It engraves at about 1000 dpi, with a spot size of about 0.008 in (0.2 mm).
- It can cut and engrave on: wood, fabric, leather, acrylic, rubber, cork, food, and more.
- It can engrave only on: glass, marble, stone, titanium, and more.
- For a gallery of ideas, visit https://glowforge.com/discover/.
How do I get started?
- Anyone with a valid library card in good standing can submit a project. Only personal accounts will be allowed (no business or bookmobile accounts).
- Find or create a design and submit the file via the request form.
- .svg files are preferred but the library accepts .jpg, .png, .ai, and .pdf.
- Alternatively, you may request that staff create a design for you. Depending on the complexity and design, staff reserve the right to refuse a request.
- Fill out all of the relevant information on the request form below and library staff will contact you regarding your project and reservation.
- You may provide your own material with staff approval.
- Any GlowForge brand materials are automatically accepted. You may purchase them at https://shop.glowforge.com/.
- Library staff reserve the right to refuse other material for any reason. Safety is our number one concern!
How much does it cost?
There is a minimum fee of $5 per project, or $5 per hour of engrave/cut time.
For library staff to assist with the design, there is an extra $10 charge. Patrons are allowed four hours of engrave/cut time per week.
ACPL staff are not responsible for errors that occur during printing. We cannot predict when something may go wrong.