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As required by executive order — all library patrons are now required to wear a face mask or covering to enter any WCPL location.

The Bob Kirby & Smiths Grove Branches are now open with limited hours and access. Curbside service is available at all locations.
• Visit https://warrenpl.org/curbside/ for more information •

Idea Lab – Tools

Idea Lab Creative Resources: Check out our creative resources page with links to free design software, online retailers, and file-sharing sites and communities to assist with your Idea Lab projects.

• The Idea Lab @ Bob Kirby is now open •

MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer

Create your design in any 3D drafting software and have it printed in the Idea Lab. All designs must be sent for printing 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

•  Available Only @ Bob Kirby 

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

•  Available @ the Main Library & Bob Kirby 

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.

Cricut Maker Cutting Machine

•  Available @ the Main Library & Smiths Grove 

Create a variety of projects using the Cricut to cut vinyl, cardstock, fabric, leather, and more.

Our Cricut is connected to Cricut DesignSpace which allows you to create and design projects or upload JPGs or PNGs. Cricut DesignSpace also has projects available to download or purchase.

The Cricut can create projects up to 12″ x 12″.

Sawgrass SG400 Sublimation Printer

•  Available @ the Main Library & Bob Kirby 

ChromaBlast Ink @ Main

Compatible with cotton or cotton-blend fabrics. It does not work with any other substrates.

Sublijet Ink @ Kirby

Compatible with white polyester fabrics, sublimation blank mugs, & other dye sublimation substrates.

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


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.

HP DesignJet T520 Poster Printer

•  Available @ the Main Library & Bob Kirby 

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

•  Available Only @ Bob Kirby 

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

Badge-A-Matic Semi-Automatic Button Machines

•  Available @ the Main Library & Bob Kirby 

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.

Brother Persona PRS100 Embroidery Machine

•  Available Only @ Bob Kirby 

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.

Other Equipment

*Mug Press only available @ Kirby