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All Library Locations Will Be Closed on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day.

Idea Lab @ Bob Kirby

Expanded Hours Coming Soon
Monday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon  |  2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon  |  2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  |  5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon  |  2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  |  5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon  |  2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

To enquire about times outside of published hours or a group tour of the Idea Lab,
please contact Ashley Fowlkes at [email protected].

Upcoming Classes & Events

For a full list of Idea Lab events, please visit our events calendar or download a printable version.

Register for classes: June 


Preparing Files

MakerBot 3D Printer: You can submit a file to be printed via our online submission form. On that page you will also find links to free CAD software and various file-sharing design databases.

Carvey CNC Router: Our CNC router uses a free web-based platform called Easel. Carvey and Easel are both designed by Inventables. You will need an Inventables account to access the software. 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.

Lab Features

What’s Inside:

Pottery Wheel/Kiln
MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer
Carvey® CNC Router
Sewing Machine
Button Maker
Vinyl Cutter
AccuCut® Die-Cut
Heat Press
Embroidery Machine
Poster Printer

Things You Can Create:

Mugs, vases, bowls
Game pieces, plastic prototypes
Plaques and signs
Bags, clothing, accessories
Pinback buttons from art/photos
Iron-on transfers, wall art, signage
Letters & shapes for scrapbooking
T-shirts, aprons, tote bags, mugs
Monogram shirts, towels, totes
Wall art, event posters

Material Costs

Buttons

  • 1.25″ button: $ .22 each
  • 2.25″ button: $ .25 each
  • 3″ button: $ .45 each

MakerBot PLA Filament

  • $.06 per gram of material used
    including rafts & supports

Carvey CNC Router

  • Two-Color HDPE: 10 for $20; $2/each
    (size: 5.875″x5.875″x.25″)

Embroidery Machine Stabilizer

  • Tearaway stabilizer: $1.50 per square foot
  • Fusible tearaway stabilizer: $1.50 per square foot
Vinyl

  • Removable Vinyl (24” wide): $1 per square foot
  • Permanent Adhesive Vinyl (24” wide): $$1 per square foot
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl (10″x12″): $3 per sheet

Posters

  • 11″x17″: $2.50 / each
  • 36″x24″: $5.00 / each

Sawgrass Iron-on Color Transfer Paper

  • $2 per sheet (8.5″x11″) 

Please note that material costs are subject to change.

Guidelines for Usage

  • No food or drink are allowed in the Idea Lab.
  • The Library cannot be held responsible for when files do not print/cut correctly, pottery breaks, etc.
  • All children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times.