309 Creative is a place where patrons can unleash their imagination, express themselves through arts and crafts, and explore ideas of innovation and technology.
309 Creative houses the library’s Ultimaker 2+ 3D Printers. Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers melt a plastic filament which is extruded in layers onto a build plate based on a list of coordinates created by software. Once the build is finished, the final print can be removed from the printer and then be lightly sanded, painted, or otherwise treated like any plastic model. It is also home to a Cricut vinyl cutter and a 60-watt laser cutter/engraver. The laser cutter is a computer controlled cutting device that uses a laser to cut or engrave a design into various materials—including wood, acrylic, and glass.
Beginners and experts alike are welcome to use the makerspace during open hours. This is a place to come together and tinker, celebrate victories and learn from failures, with a dedicated library employee nearby to help you plan and execute your creative vision.
- Tuesdays from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Don’t know how to use these machines? The library will provide Maker classes on 3D printing and design, craft classes using the vinyl and laser cutters, and workshops on open-sourced software that can be used to help bring your creative ideas to fruition. Visit the library’s calendar of events page for a list of upcoming classes.
So, decorate a birdhouse. Laser cut a keycahin. 3D print a doorstop. Record a podcast. The list is endless. Just stop by 309 and get creative! For more information on the Nancy D. Castle Collaboration studio or computer workshop, click here.
For more information on the Sound Studio, click here.