Located on the first floor in the Business & Technology Center, the MakerLab gives Barrington Area Library cardholders access to a variety of cutting edge tools including 3D printers, a laser cutter, and vinyl cutter. The MakerLab also features MakerKits for a range of age levels and technical abilities. There is something for everyone, so stop in today and make something at your library!

MakerLab Policy

For the full policy, please read: MakerLab policy

MakerLab is open to Barrington Area Library cardholders

• Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, 16 or older, at all time

• No food or beverage is allowed in the MakerLab

• Room capacity: 8

Carvey

Schedule an appointment to use Carvey

Barrington Area Library cardholders may use the Carvey to etch and cut out wood during a one on one appointment or during Carvey programs. We have 1/8" 3.5" x 5.5" bamboo and baltic birch woods available to purchase. If you would like us to consider your new, custom material, please e-mail our Digital Services Manager at mcampagna@balibrary.org.

3.5" x 5.5" x 1/8" Bamboo - $2.00
3.5" x 5.5" x 1/8" Birch - $1.25
3.5" x 5.5" x 1/2" Birch - $1.50
3.5" x 5.5" x 1/2" Walnut Plywood - $1.75

File Formats

SVG

Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine

The Cameo is a versatile cutting machine that uses software to cut intricate shapes, stencils, patterns, & designs on a variety of materials including adhesive vinyl & cardstock. Barrington Area Library cardholders may bring in & cut their own approved materials.

Instructional Video:

Silhouette Studio software basics (VIDEO)

Make this project in MakerLab:

Pop-Up Greeting Card

Approved Materials
Vinyl, paper, cardstock, scrapbook paper, & heat transfer material.

Materials available for purchase
12" x 12" adhesive vinyl (sticker paper) - $1.50
12" x 12" transfer paper - $2.00
8.5" x 11" cardstock - $.10

File Formats
STUDIO3, STUDIO, GSD, DXF, PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF, TIFF

Full Spectrum Laser Cutter

 

Schedule an appointment to use the laser cutter 

The Full Spectrum Laser is able to etch & cut wood & acrylic & will only be used in library programs or by appointment.
To view upcoming programs, please visit our Events Calendar.

For questions about custom materials, please contact mcampagna@balibrary.org

Materials available for purchase
3.5" x 5.5" x 1/8" Acrylic - $2.00
3.5" x 5.5" x 1/8" Bamboo - $2.00
3.5" x 5.5" x 1/8" Birch - $1.25

Lulzbot Mini

Submit a 3D File: http://www.balibrary.org/component/chronoforms/?chronoform=3dprint

Barrington Area Library cardholders may use one of the 3D printers at a cost of $.10 per gram of filament. The maximum file size of an object is 6" x 6" x 6" and the maximum print time must be less than 6 hours. After the print is complete, staff will notify you and ask you to please pick up the print within the next 7 days from the Business and Technology desk, located on the first floor. The Barrington Area Library will not print weapons or look alike weapons.

Download or design a project

Download a project file from Thingiverse OR Design your own 3D file with Tinkercad.

Project Instructions:
See what we have made in MakerLab and follow step by step instructions to make your own!
Download a 3D file from Thingiverse   (VIDEO)
Tinkercad 3D Design for Beginners      (VIDEO)

File Formats

STL

MakerKits

MakerKits are a great way to begin tinkering in the MakerLab & feature hardware to support a range of technical abilities. Kits can be checked out by Barrington Area Library cardholders for two hours, for use in the MakerLab. Please note that a parent or responsible caregiver (age 16 or older) must accompany and directly supervise children age 8 and younger.

Arduino

Make in MakerLab - LED Circuits
Getting Started Guide - Arduino

Ages 10+

Crochet & Knitting


Make in MakerLab - Coaster
Getting Started Guide - Knit

Ages 10+

Kinect Sensor

Make in MakerLab - 3D Selfie
Getting Started Guide - Kinect

Ages 10+

LEGO EV3

Make in MakerLab - Build GRIPP3R
Getting Started Guide - EV3

Ages 10+

LEGO WeDo

Make in MakerLab - WeDo Animals
Getting Started Guide - WeDo

Ages 8+

littleBits

Make in MakerLab - Waving flag
Getting Started Guide - littleBits

Ages 8+

Makey Makey

Make in MakerLab - Game controller
Geting Started Guide - Makey Makey

Ages 8+

Rainbow Loom

Make in MakerLab - Spiral bracelet
Getting Started Guide - Rainbow Loom

Ages 8+

Raspberry Pi


Make in MakerLab - Build computer
Gettting Started Guide - Raspberry Pi

Ages 14+

Strawbees


Make in MakerLab - Bridge
Getting Started Guide - Strawbees

Ages 8+

 

Software

MakerLab has laptop computers for use within the space. Software includes:

3DS Max
Arduino
Autodesk Autocad
Autodesk Inventor
Cura
Inkscape
Netfabb
Makerware Desktop

Meshmixer
Microsoft Office
Reconstruct Me
Retina Engrave
Revit
Scratch
Silhouette Studio
Sketchup Make