Maker Labs, also referred to as makerspaces, hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs, are creative, DIY spaces where people gather to create, invent, and learn.
- 10 Dell Latitude 3570 laptops
- Windows 10
- Office 2016 – Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint
- 2 Apple iMac 21.5″ computers with Adobe Creative Cloud including:
- Acrobat Pro DC
- Premier Pro
- After Effects
- Adobe Muse
- Adobe Audition
- 1 Makerbot 5th Generation 3D printer
- 1 Printerbot Play 3D printer
- 1 Structure Sensor 3D scanner and devoted IPad and Skanect software
- 1 Graphtec cutting plotter CE6000-60 (vinyl cutter)
- 1 MPress 15″ x 15″ heat press
- Epson SureColor P800 Inkjet Printer (charge applies)
When is the lab open?
The Lab currently has a limited schedule.
Current open studio hours are: Tuesdays: 5-7 pm.
Technology programs appear on the library’s Events Calendar. For more information, call the Reference Dept. at 401-847-8720 x208.
What are the rules for using the Maker Lab?
Please review the Maker Lab Policy and Procedures.
How do I get access to Maker Lab Equipment?
Come in during open studio hours and work on your projects. Staff will be available for assistance but may not be able to provide extended one-on-one tutoring during peak use. Drop off print ready projects at the reference desk any time using the Maker Lab Project Print Request Form.
- Vinyl cut files should be in .eps format
- 3D print files should be in .stl format
Apple iMac use is by reservation only at this time. Call the Reference Desk for more information, 401-847-8720 x208.
What does it cost to use the Maker Lab?
It is free to use our Maker Lab and the equipment provided. The library does reserve the right to begin charging in the future. To date, our Maker Lab equipment purchases have been completely grant funded; benefiting our patrons without costing them anything.
Why did you invest time and resources in a Maker Lab?
Maker labs give people the opportunity to try new things without the fear of failure. Participants draw on the relaxed, informal maker lab environment to learn technological skills through play and create “just for fun.” Greater interest in and a better understanding of the STEM fields (science, technology, math, and engineering) are common side effects of this “making” process.
We’re excited to play a role in promoting the type of educational and creative activities these new technologies allow and look forward to making them accessible to everyone in Newport. As the staff at the Washington State Library put it:
Libraries are no longer simply a holding area for books, they are community hubs. People gather at the library to share ideas and enrich their lives.
How big is your Maker Lab?
Our Maker Lab is 550 square feet (22 x 25), about the size of a small classroom.
What are the busiest times in your Maker Lab
We don’t know. We’re just getting started.