Mobile MakerSpace Equipment


What equipment is included in the Mobile Makerspace?

  • Silhouette Cameo 2 Electronic Cutting Tools (designs are available)
  • Die Cut Systems and Dies -- Ellison, Accucut, All-Star
  • 3Doodler 3D Pen
  • Makey Makey
  • Sphero Sprk Edition
  • Buttonmaker
  • Eggbot

Information on each piece of equipment, features, what you'll need, cost, links to guides, etc. can be found below.

At present, the Sphero, 3D printer, and Eggbot are not available for use by the public. We are working on developing procedures so that print orders for the 3D printer and Eggbot can be submitted for staff to run. Eventually, we may provide "certification" or detailed training so they become available for direct use. When we are at that point, we'll post information so you may learn more about the "certification" process.

Does it cost anything to use the equipment?

No! General use of the space, equipment, and software is free of charge with your library card. A variety of materials for use with the equipment is available for purchase. You can see the current fee schedule here.

You may need to bring in your own materials for use with the letter/shape cutters. The MakerSpace coordinator must approve all user-supplied materials before they are used on MakerSpace equipment to prevent damage to equipment, or harm to users within the Library.


Mr. Button Buttonmaker

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The Basics

Running for student body president? Have a favorite band? Whatever your obsession, use our button maker to show your enthusiasm with a personalized, self-made button. The button maker is quick and easy to learn! Create buttons using fabric or paper designs.

Features

  • Built-in center pivot for faster processing
  • Creates 2-1/3 inch buttons

What You'll Need

Use of the machine is free. Button machine accessories must be purchased at desk.

Bring your own design – images must be scaled to 2-1/3 inches in diameter and saved as JPEG, GIF, PNG, or .DOC to be printed. You can also bring a hard copy of your image if it’s ready to go.

Cost

  • Button: $0.50 per button


Ellison Machine

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The Basics

Stamp out a variety of shape silhouettes with an Ellison machine. Make flashcards for your classroom, decorate a nursery, cut out your own holiday decorations, create signs for your next big party or celebration, and add life to your school projects. All you need is craft paper and you’re ready to begin!

Features

  • Can cut multiple sheets at once
  • Dozens of pre-made die to choose from
  • Die Features:
    • SureCut Dies feature the finest quality steel-rule and genuine birch cutting block. Slightly smaller designs for matting purposes.
    • ClearCrop Dies featured see-through acrylic for ultra-precise cropping.
    • Encased with sturdy plastic, AllStar Dies are encased with sturdy plastic and Standard dies feature special alignment marks for an at-a-glance guide to cutting perfection.
    • Sizzix Bigz Dies are also encased with sturdy and are made from high-quality wood and steel rule surrounded by foam.
    • AccuCut Dies may also be used with this machine.
  • Die Sizes per 8-1/2 x 11 paper
    • XL -- 1 per page
    • Large -- 2 per page
    • Double cut -- 1 per page

What You'll Need

Use of the machine is free. Construction paper is available. You may bring your own construction or craft paper. You may also be able to use fabric, cardboard, cling vinyl or other products. Use of other materials will need to be approved by library staff.


Documentation and Other Helpful Links

Die Size Guides
Project & Lessons Ideas

 


AccuCut Machine

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The Basics

Stamp out a variety of shape silhouettes with an Accucut machine. Make flashcards for your classroom, decorate a nursery, cut out your own holiday decorations, create signs for your next big party or celebration, and add life to your school projects. All you need is craft paper and you’re ready to begin!

Features

  • Can cut multiple sheets at once
  • Dozens of pre-made die to choose from
  • Die Features:
    • AccuCut standard wood dies have steel-rule blades that ensure a precise cut with each pass through the machine. The steel-rule blades are protected by foam that also helps to eject the shape from the die. Dies cut face up in AccuCut machines so it’s easy to see what you’re cutting.
    • Compatible with the Ellison machine also if die fits in machine platform.
  • Die Sizes per 8-1/2 x 11 paper
    • Jumbo -- 1 per page
    • Large -- 2 per page
    • Small -- 3 per page

 

What You'll Need

Use of the machine is free. Construction paper is available. You may bring your own construction or craft paper. You may also be able to use fabric, cardboard, cling vinyl or other products. Use of other materials will need to be approved by library staff.


Documentation and Other Helpful Links

Shape Size Guides
Materials Guide
Project & Lessons Ideas
Folding Techniques


AllStar Machine

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The Basics

Special alignment marks on top of the AllStar dies offer quick cutting guidelines for creating perfectly cut visuals and hands-on projects for everything from scrapbooking to fundamental foundations to helping students recognize advanced concepts.Only AllStar and Bigz dies will work with this unit.


Features

  • Only for use with paper and card stock.
  • Easy to use
  • AllStar Dies are encased with sturdy plastic and Standard dies feature special alignment marks for an at-a-glance guide to cutting perfection.

 

What You'll Need

Use of the machine is free. Construction paper is available. You may bring your own construction or craft paper. You may also be able to use fabric, cardboard, cling vinyl or other products. Use of other materials will need to be approved by library staff.


Documentation and Other Helpful Links

Die Size Guides
Project & Lesson Ideas


Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Tool

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The Basics

Design your own shapes, or use pre-designed ones. Cut out vinyl decals, customize apparel, or make stickers and temporary tattoos. The Silhouette Studio design software is availabe as a free download from Silhouette America.

Features

  • Studio files can be transferred to the cutter via USB stick or via a laptop.
  • Images can be imported in other formats (JPG, BMP, PNG, and GIF), traced over with the system’s designer studio software, and then cut
  • Machine can cut: paper, cardstock, adhesive cardstock, adhesive vinyl, fabric, heat-transfer material (e.g., designs that you could iron on cloth), printable heat-transfer material, rhinestone templates, temporary tattoo paper, vellum, and magnetic paper
  • Training videos and design are available on the Silhouette American website.

What You'll Need

Use of the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Tool is free. Vinyl and colored cardsotck are available for purchase.

You’ll need to bring a design in a common image format to be converted. You may also choose a ready-made design from the software’s library. You can see the designs available by clicking here. If you would like to have the design cut out using a particular color or type of cardstock, vinyl or fabric, please bring that with you.

Cost

  • Vinyl: $2.00 per linear foot
  • Colored card stock: $0.10 per sheet


Documentation and Other Helpful Links

Don't forget to check the individual design descriptions at the Silhouette Design Store. They often have links to videos, tutorials or other design ideas. You may also download the basic edition of the Silhouette Design Studio software for free so you can create, manipulate, and save designs at home before you bring the design to the library.

Design Store
Silhouette Blog
Silhouette Studio Basic Edition


3Doodler Pen

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The Basics

Have you ever just wished you could lift your pen off the paper and see your drawing become a real three dimensional object? Well now you can! If you can scribble, trace or wave a finger in the air you can use the 3Doodler 2.0. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

 

Features

  • It’s compact and easy to use
  • Requires no software or computers.
  • Community page has free, downloadable stencils, how-to videos, and images.


Caution:

3Doodler is not a toy for children. It’s recommended for ages 14+. While the plastic extruded from 3Doodler is safe to touch once it has left the pen, the pen itself has a metal tip that can get as hot as 270C. There is no reason for any user to touch the tip while in use, but safety comes first.


What You'll Need

Use of the pen is free. You may purchase the plastic strands from us or you may purchase your own supplies at the 3Doodler store.


Cost

  • Plastic strands: $0.50 per strand


Documentation and Other Helpful Links

Getting Started Guide
Project Ideas, Videos, etc.
3Doodler Blog


MakeyMakey

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The Basics

Welcome to the world of MaKey MaKey! A world where every day objects are much more than what they appear. Bananas are more than just a curvy fruit - they’re keys to a virtual piano. Play-dough isn’t just a fun child’s toy - it’s the controlling force behind Pacman’s up/down/left/right. And your simple pencil drawings are a portal to Portal.

Features

  • Makes the use of a computer more engaging as the user can make use of physical objects to simulate softwares and games.
  • Does not take much skill to actually construct a controller for Makey Makey.
  • Uses Scratch to program software to create games and interactive activities.You can search the internet for Scratch programs/flash games to play with.

 

What You'll Need

A laptop or tablet, a computer program, the Makey Makey, and some other items to use as the controller portion, such as bananas, playdough, strings, a drawing, etc.

Cost: None

 

Documentation and Other Helpful Links

Quickstart Guide
Scratch
PDF of ideas to come up with your own creations!
Guides, projects, videos and more


3D Printer -- Request a print job. Library staff will oversee the printing.

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The Basics

3D printing is the process of creating physical objects from a three dimensional digital model.  This technology has been around for awhile, but typically used by engineers and industry designers. 3D printing technology is quickly evolving and therefore public printing is becoming more common. Our unit is an Ultimaker 2, which uses plastic filament to build objects layer by layer. It can print a cell phone protective case, model airplane, or just about any object that can be designed.

 

Features

  • Print Area: 223mm x 223mm x 205mm
  • Only files in .stl format can be printed so you must Save As or Export in STL format. If given the option of binary or ascii – choose binary.
  • Uses Cura software

 

What You'll Need

To have a print job printed at the library, patrons can simply save their custom or selected design on a flash drive and fill out a 3D print request form which can be picked-up at the Library or printed from the library’s website. Click here for a copy of the form. Once the 3D print request form is filled-out and returned to the Library a staff member will be in contact with details about scheduling a print job session.

You will also need the software Cura so you can view and approve your design before submitting it to the library.

 

For more information please read the 3D Printer Guidelines and 3D Printer Request form.

Cost

The cost of 3D printing at the library will be a $1.00 per print job handling fee and an additional $.10 per gram to offset the cost of the filament. 3D print services are available to library card holders in good standing only.  A detailed copy of the library’s 3D print policy is available on the library’s website.

Documentation and Other Helpful Links

175 Amazing Ways 3D Printing Is Changing The World
Thingiverse -- A large online collection of 3D models created by site users.
Cura -- Free software to prepare your model for printing on the Ultimaker.
Sketchup --A great piece of software for beginning 3D modelers.
Ultimaker community--If you have questions about creating your own designs for the printer.
Painting your object

 


Eggbot -- Currently available for library programs ONLY.

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The Basics

The EggBot is an easy to use art robot that can draw on spherical or egg-shaped objects. It's designed to draw on all kinds of things that are normally “impossible” to print on such as eggs, golf balls, light bulbs, mini pumpkins, and even things like wine glasses — with a bit of work. Use it to personalize Christmas ornaments or impress your friends with masterpiece Easter eggs. The EggBot is not just a cool gadget; it’s also a great introduction to CNC (computer numerical control) and do-it-yourself robotics.

Features

  • All of the electronics and software are designed to be hackable and repurposable, so you could easily computer control an Etch-a-Sketch or create something totally new.
  • EggBot software allows you to control the ‘bot from within Inkscape — a superb freeware illustration program.
  • Includes accessories such as:
    • an electro-kistka (hot wax dispenser) accessory which allows you to create traditional decorated eggs using the wax-resist and dye method;
    • an available diamond engraving tool that can etch and engrave hard materials like glass and stone;
    • extra-large chassis that fits larger objects, up to 6.25" in diameter, such as ostrich eggs.


Restrictions

The basic eggbot is recommended for ages 10 and up; under 13, adult supervision is required.
The electro-kitska and diamond engraving tool may only be used by adults. Extreme caution should be used with both.

Training in the use of the Eggbot is required since some calibration is required.

 

What You'll Need

Use of the eggbot is free, but you'll need:

  • Plastic or wooden eggs, ping pong balls, blank holiday ornaments, etc. Make sure you have extras since the eggbot will need to be callibrated and tested several times in order to ensure it is adjusted correctly.
  • A design which you can create artwork using the drawing program Inkscape, and plot on your Eggbot from within Inkscape. You can download Inkscape for free, create your design, and then bring in the design on a flash drive to have it created on the Eggbot.
  • Pens in the colors you wish on the object. Ultra fine point Sharpies are the “gold standard,” but many pens of a similar diameter will work, too. (Please see the Eggbot documentation for additional notes on pen choices for Eggbots.)
  • If decorating eggs is your focus and you wish to use our Electro-Kistka attachment, capable of painting wax onto eggs for traditional wax-resist and dye (batik) processes, you'll need strip wax and edible dye. Please note that use of the Electro-Kitska will require that you make multiple trips to the library since the eggs will need to be dyed and dried between each color.


Cost

  • Wax strips -- $0.25 each strip.
  • Plastic eggs -- $0.25


Documentation and Other Helpful Links

Eggbot FAQ
Electro-Kistka attachment
Eggbot Kit Wiki -- documentation on use, accessories, Inkscape documentation, etc.
Pen Choices
Inkscape -- recommended illustrator software
If decorating real eggs is your focus, you may want to look online at Youtube for a video on how to properly empty and clean the eggs without breaking them.

 


Sphero -- Currently available for library programs ONLY

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The Basics

Sphero is the first robotic ball gaming device that you control with a tilt, touch, or swing from your smartphone or tablet. It lets you learn problem-solving skills, as well as coding/programming.  They are controlled by free apps on the library's devices.

Features

  • Apps make the ball into a truly smart toy. You can play golf, experience augmented-reality games such as Sharky the Beaver, or explore other apps.
  • You can even program the ball yourself.
  • Designed to appeal to everyone – approachable for beginners yet sophisticated enough to challenge seasoned programmers.

What You'll Need

A sphero and a library device loaded with the software, such as:

  • Draw and Drive -- users can draw a picture or path, using the various colors and then press play to see the Sphero perform what they drew.

Cost: Only available at library programs at this time.

 

Documentation and Other Helpful Links

Article about the Sphero SPRK edition
Sphero Community, includes a page for educators
Tickle Software



Can I donate items to the Mobile Makerspace?

Yes, we accept a variety of new or "like-new" items for donation, such as LEGOS, duct tape (various colors and designs); scissors, crayons, colored pencils, sticker, unopened school glue or glue sticks, markers, beads and jewelry making supplies, etc. For information on additional items needed, contact Molli Hall at 722-1255.