ABOUT THE MAKERSPACE

3D Printing - Laser Cutting and Engraving - CNC Milling
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Makers, creators, tinkerers, artists, crafters, and entrpreneurs: welcome to the Makerspace at Little Elm Public Library!

 

Whether fun or functional, you supply the creativity and we'll supply the tools to bring your creations to life. Come learn, imagine, create, and, most importantly, make!

The Makerspace is free to use by adults 18+ and teens ages 16+, who are Little Elm Public Library cardholders with accounts in good standing (not expired, no fees or overdue materials).

Safety and Equipment Training and signing of a Use & Liability Agreement are required prior to using equipment.

Please read, download, print, and sign the

Use & Liability Agreement.

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For more in-depth training on the Full Spectrum P24 laser cutter, including simple projects and a self-guided machine certification tutorial, visit https://laser101.fslaser.com.

MAKERSPACE EQUIPMENT

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MAKERBOT REPLICATOR

PLUS+ 3D PRINTER

3D or three dimensional printing is an "additive manufacturing," method whereby digital files are transformed into physical objects through heating plastic filament. 

 

Melted plastic filament is then extruded through the printer's nozzle to build up the object (add)  layer upon layer.


Need design inspiration? Visit these sites for design ideas and create your own:

  • Thingiverse.com

  • MyMiniFactory.com

  • Tinkercad.com

  • Blender.org

  • OnShape.com

3D Printing Guidelines:

  • 3D printers are staff-administered

  • Printing cost: $0.15 per gram or meter for filament

  • Print area size (inches):

​​       11.6 W X 7.6 D X 6.5 H

  • File format: .STL file

  • Print jobs are processed on a first come, first served basis; finish times vary.

  • Email .STL files to makerspace@littleelm.org, or bring file on USB drive to library.

  • Patrons will be notified of estimated costs and when jobs are complete.

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ZMORPH VX

3-IN-1 3D PRINTER, LASER CUTTER, AND CNC MILL

The Zmorph VX is a 3D printer, laser cutter and CNC mill, all in one. Easily swap out the tool heads and workbeds to create in a variety of media.

 

  • 3D print in PLA, ABS, and flexible filaments with single or dual extruders.

  • The Thick Paste Extruder allows you to print edible designs in chocolate, cookie dough, or create ceramic artwork.

  • Laser cut and engrave wood, metal, cardboard, acrylic and more with the 2.8 watt LaserPRO head.

  • CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling is computer-controlled machine tooling which allows you to carve your designs into wood, metal, plastics or wax.

Zmorph Use Guidelines:

  • Users must complete Safety and Equipment Training prior to use.

  • Users must supply own cutting materials for CNC milling and laser cutting/engraving.

  • 3D printing cost is $0.15 per gram or meter for filament.

  • Print area size:

       9.84 x 9.25 x 6.49 in.

       (250 x 235 x 165 mm)

  • Operating Software: Voxelizer

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FULL SPECTRUM 24

LASER CUTTER & ENGRAVER

The Full Spectrum P24  laser cutter allows you to cut and engrave your designs onto wood, acrylic, cardboard, paper, leather fabric, stone, glass and rubber, and is equipped with a 90 watt laser and 16" X 24" workbed. Use the proprietary RetinaEngrave software to etch your name or logo onto metal tumblers, engrave recipes onto cutting boards, and create 2D and 3D art in a variety of materials.

 

Laser Cutter Guidelines:

  • Users must have a Little Elm Public Library card in good standing.

  • Users must complete Safety and Equipment Training prior to use.

  • Users must supply own materials.

  • The library provides graphic software including CorelDraw as well as free internet-based software. To print, upload designs into the RetinaEngrave software.

  • The laser cutter is available on a first come, first served basis for two (2) hour increments; check out key at Circulation Desk.

  • Patrons must remain with their project at all times.

  • For detailed user manuals and tutorials, visit www.FSLaser.com.

Prohibited items for manufacture include drug paraphernalia, weapons, and offensive items, or those violating third party intellectual property rights. Library staff reserve the right to refuse any Makerspace use request.

Classes & Training

October 16, 2018

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Makerspace Ribbon Cutting