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MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer

Create your design in any 3D drafting software and have it printed in the Idea Lab. You can send a file to be printed via our online submission form.

Any 3D drafting software may be used to create a design as long as the file can be saved in .stl or .obj file format. We recommend Tinkercad or SketchUp Free which are free, web-based programs.

The 3D printer has a build volume of 9.9″ x 7.8″ x 5.9″ [25.2 cm  x 19.9 cm x 15.0 H cm] and prints at a layer resolution of 100 microns. The extruder has a nozzle diameter of .4 mm.

For more details & our printing policy, visit our 3D Printing page.

Inventables Carvey - Tabletop CNC Router

Make your own custom pieces from wood and plastic with our enclosed, desktop CNC machine.

The Carvey uses a free web-based platform called Easel. Easel allows you to create original designs, or you can import SVG files of your logo or vector design. Because Easel is web-based, you can create & save designs at home and then log in to your Inventables account in the Idea Lab to carve them with staff assistance.

The Carvey has a build area of 11.6” x 8” x 2.5”. Material height + depth of cut can not exceed 2.5″.

Two-tone HDPE tiles in a variety of colors are available for purchase in the Idea Lab.

For inspiration and other links, visit our creative resources page.

USCutter SC2 Vinyl Cutter

Cut different types of vinyl with this machine to create wall art, decals, custom shirts, and more.

Our vinyl cutter uses VinylMaster software to prepare, design, and cut files. VinylMaster is installed on a laptop in the Idea Lab. You can create simple text designs, or you can import a SVG file of your logo or vector design. You can bring designs in on a USB flash drive.

This cutter can hold up to 24″ wide vinyl.

The Idea Lab has adhesive and heat transfer vinyl in black, white, and other limited colors for purchase.

Visit our creative resources page for links to free design software.

Sawgrass SG400 Sublimation Printer

Sublimation printing is used with a heat press to transfer images from paper to a blank material. The ink heats in to a gas and dyes the substrate.

The Sawgrass prints images on 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of white transfer paper.

Please bring your print-ready designs on a USB flash drive. Designs should be sized at 8.5″ x 11″ and saved in JPG or PNG. Visit our creative resources page for links to free design software.

For best results, use sublimation on white polyester t-shirts or sublimation blank mugs.

Sublimation blank mugs are available for purchase in the Idea Lab.

Brother Persona PRS100 Embroidery Machine

Stitch designs on to shirts, towels, totes and other fabrics using this machine.

Only .pes, .phc and .dst embroidery data files can be used with this machine. The Idea Lab has BES 4 Dream Edition embroidery software for use in the makerspace. Create designs with this software using a lab computer then transfer the stitch file to the embroidery machine.

You may also bring stitch files that you have created or purchased on a USB flash drive. You can also create designs directly on the embroidery machine using the touchscreen display of the Persona.

This machine can embroider fabric that is up to 1 mm (1/16 inch) thick. It is recommended that rayon or polyester embroidery thread (120 den x 2 / 135 dtex x 2 / 40 weight) be used in this machine.

Stabilizer and topping are available for purchase, and a limited selection of thread is available for free in the Idea Lab.

Before you can use this machine, you must take one of our classes or have previous experience with an embroidery machine.

HP DesignJet T520 Poster Printer

Print out pictures and artwork on glossy photo paper with this large format printer.

Please bring your print-ready images on a USB flash drive. Designs should be sized at 11″ x 17″ or 24″ x 36″. Please make sure your designs are in JPG, PNG, or PDF format.

Visit our creative resources page for links to free design software.

Nidec VL-Lite Pottery Wheel

We have two wheels for use in the Idea Lab. Before you can use the wheel, you must take one of our pottery classes or have previous pottery experience.

Patrons are responsible for cleaning the pottery wheel, all tools, and work area  after each use.

Clay and glaze may be purchased in the Idea Lab, or you may bring your own. Pieces may be fired in the kiln at no cost.

View the kiln firing schedule

Brother LX2763 Sewing Machine

The Brother LX2763 is great even for beginner sewers, with a full range of features.

This machine offers 27 built-in stitches, with 63 stitch functions. Included are blind hem, decorative and quilting stitches, and an automatic, one-step buttonholer. Also included are quick-change sewing presser feet: buttonhole, zipper, button sewing, zigzag, narrow hemmer and blind stitch.

A limited selection of thread is available for free in the Idea Lab.

*Machine is available for checkout! Place a hold by searching “Brother Sewing Machine” in our catalog.

Other Equipment

Badge-A-Matic Semi-Automatic Button Machines

Create pinbacks with your own original artwork or find a design in our collection of donated comics, maps, and magazines. Artwork can be cut to size with the Cut-A-Circle cutters and mats.

There are three different sized button makers in the Idea Lab: 1.25 inch, 2.25 inch, & 3 inch.

Other Equipment

  • Volcano 15″ x 15″ Clamshell Heat Press with Mug Press Attachment
  • AccuCut Die-Cutting Machine
  • Skutt KM 1027 Kiln — view the firing schedule
  • HSK A3 Light PAD – 18.5″ x 13.5″
  • Dremel 4000 2/30 High-Performance Rotary Tool + Accessories