Makerspace

Library MakerSpace

The Makerspace is located at the Michael Kusalaba Branch Library.

The Makerspace is Now Open

The Makerspace inside the Michael Kusalaba Branch Library on Mahoning Ave. is now open. Using reasonable safety precautions, most Makerspace equipment will be available at this time, but the sound studio will not be available.

  • You’ll need to complete an orientation: 
    • Visit Niche Academy and log in or create a free account (click the person in the top right corner) with your library card. You must be logged in to complete the orientation.
    • Search for Michael Kusalaba Branch Makerspace Orientation to watch the video.
    • Screenshot or print the Certificate of Completion to show staff.
  • Come to the library and sign our Makerspace Rules and Hold Harmless agreements. Bring a photo ID and library card.
  • Enjoy using the Makerspace equipment!

 

Makerspace-watch-learnWatch along on YouTube as we demonstrate how to use the Michael Kusalaba Makerspace. Learn some basics of designing in the Cricut Design Space, how to use the laminator, and much more.

 

What Can You Do in a PLYMC Makerspace?

LEARN… CREATE… COLLABORATE

3D Printer

Create your own design and print in 3D. The charge for an item will be .25¢ per ¼ hour (rounded up) of printing time.  
(Print area is 5.9” L x 5.9” W x 5.9” H.) 

3D Scanner

Use the 3D scanner to scan a small object to print on the 3D printer. Maximum object parameters: 6.6 lbs; 9.8” Height; 7 inches Diameter.

Button MakersButton Makers

Create 1”, 2.25” or 3” buttons. The cost is $0.25 each for all sizes. 

Cricut Maker

This die cutting machine is used for cutting paper, felt, vinyl, and fabric for paper crafting scrapbooking, and more! Bring in your own materials to use with the machine. 

Example-Cricut Labels – pdf

Cricut Pathfinder – pdf

EllisonEllison Machine

Cut shapes from a large selection of dies. Must bring own materials to cut.   

List of Ellison Dies and Approved Materials -pdf

Heat PressHeat Press

Transfer designs onto a T-shirt, hat, mug or plate. Bring your own items. Must fit the 11.5” x 15” heat plate on the press. 

Heat Press Pathfinder -pdf

Heat Press Temperature Guide -pdf

Laser Engraver

Engrave on wood, leather, glass or other materials on our list of approved materials. Bring your own items or buy material for $10/sheet. 

Glowforge App Design -pdf

Lamination

Laminate large 27” wide materials for $1 per foot.  

Small laminator (legal size, 8½” x 11” or smaller) for $.15 per pouch.   

Vinyl PrinterVinyl Printer

Print on Removable Vinyl, Clear and White Static Cling, Permanent Adhesive, Vinyl Banner Matte and Gloss, and White Paper Gloss.  

Roland Settings -pdf

Adobe Illustrator-Shape Cutlines-Roland Vinyl Printer-pdf

Roland Vinyl Printer Pathfinder -pdf

Sound Studio

Please note: the Sound Studio is currently NOT OPEN. This sound studio includes a piano, guitars, drums, microphones, a StudioLive mixing board, and recording software. You may bring your own instrument. 

 

What Can You Do in a PLYMC Digital Archiving Lab?

LEARN… CREATE… COLLABORATE

Film Reel Converter 

Convert 8mm and Super 8 film reels onto a memory card CD, DVD or other digital file. (No sound conversion) 

Film to Digital Converter 

View and convert film negatives into a digital file. 

 

Media Conversion EquipmentMedia Conversion Equipment

Have an old music cassette, vinyl record or a videocassette that you want to convert to a CD or DVD? Use our Funai Combo VCR/DVD Recorder or our Teac LP/CD Recorder and Cassette Turntable to update your favorite items to current formats. Bring your own CDs or DVDs or buy them from us: CDs cost 25¢ and DVDs cost 35¢.

Quick Start Audio Conversion -pdf

Quick Start Photograph-Film-Slides Scanning -pdf

Video Converter Steps -pdf

Scanner with Digital ICE Technology 

Convert hard copies of pictures, negatives or other files into a high-resolution digital file. 

Costs and Approved Materials List

There are no charges to reserve or use the PLYMC Makerspace equipment, however users must pay for materials purchased in the Makerspace for the items they create.

Consumable Materials:

ProductCost
Acrylic Sheets$10/sheet
Buttons (All Sizes).25¢/each 
CD.25¢/each 
DVD.35¢/each 
Flash Drive$5/each 
Filament.25¢ per ¼ hr 
Laminating Pouch (Regular and Legal Size).15¢/each 
Laminating (Large Laminator)$1/foot
Vinyl (All Types)$2/foot

Project costs must be paid at the staff desk in the Makerspace area before beginning the project.  Projects can be paid for in cash or by credit card.


Approved Materials:

Only certain materials may be used in the PLYMC Technology Makerspace due to safety concerns and environmental issues. 

Filament for the 3D printer, vinyl cutter materials, lamination materials, and buttons for the button press are sold by the library and outside material cannot be used for these devices. The Library encourages users of the makerspace to bring their own materials for the laser engraver, heat press, and conversion equipment. All outside materials MUST be approved by library staff in the maker space before beginning a project.  


The Library encourages users of the Makerspace to bring their own materials for the laser engraver, heat press, and music conversion station. All outside materials MUST be approved by library staff in the Makerspace before beginning a project.

Approved Materials for the Laser Engraver: 

Anodized Aluminum
Cardboard – non-corrugated only
Cardstock
Cork
Glass
Leather (Not Imitation!)
Marble and other stone
Stainless Steel w/Cerdec Coating
Wood (No wood treated for outside use)
Glowforge Proofgrade Materials 

Any material not explicitly listed above may NOT be used in the Glowforge Laser Engraver