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About Our Makerspace

Walter Mintz Digital Media Center: A Makerspace

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  • The Walter Mintz Digital Media Center was developed by the library as a makerspace, a DIY place where creators can gather to design, invent, learn and collaborate.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult over 18 when in the Media Center.
  • Creators using the 3D printing equipment must stay in the building for the duration of the time their design is printing. All projects must be completed 15 minutes before the library closes. Detailed policy on Room use and 3D Printer Use is posted in the Media Center

What is In Our Makerspace?

Hardware
3D Printers: Makerbot Replicator +, MakerbotReplicaor 5th Generation
Cricut Explore Air

Computers: 3 Mac computers
Tech Tubs: 3Doodler Pens, Ozobots
Software
Adobe Photoshop for Mac; Sketchup 3D modeling, Blender 3D creation, Makerbot Desktop App,  iLife ’11: iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand, Office for Mac 2011

About Making Things (Detailed instructions are available in the Media Center)

  • Designers can use any 3D creation software such as Blender, Sketchup, or Tinkercad to create an original 3D design to print on the MakerBot 3D printers
  • MakerBot maintains the Thingiverse website at www.thingiverse.com, which houses a collection of downloadable files called 'things". The 3D community is encouraged to upload original designs under a Creative Commons license for anyone to use.

Using the MakerBot

  • The computers are not directly connected to the 3D printers. Files must be prepared to print using the Makerbot Desktop Application and then saved on a USB drive
  • USB drives are available to borrow from the Media Desk in exchange for ID
  • "Things" can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours to print depending on size and complexity. Currently the Library limits printing time to 2 hours per patron per day
  • The cost of printing is based on the length of time your design takes to print. (50 cents per every half hour block)

 Using the Cricut

      • Patrons are responsible to supply his or her own materials
      • Access to projects and designs are available from the library's iPad, through the Cricut app
      • Choose a project that is available for free with our subscription or design your own project. Free projects are marked with the letter "a".
      • Cricut use is limited to patrons 12 years and older, or with adult (over 18) supervision

Using the Tech Tubs

      • Patrons can use the activity inside the Tech Tub for a 1 hour period
      • Patrons must check out the Tech Tub activity on a valid library card
      • Additional rules per activity are detailed on the guides for use within each Tub
      • Tech Tub use is limited to patrons 12 years and older, or with adult (over 18) supervision

MakerBot Print Instructions

MakerBot Print Software Instructions for use in the Merrick Library (PDF)

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Walter Mintz Makerspace Policy

ROOM USE

  • Patrons are welcome to use the Walter Mintz Makerspace in accordance with Merrick Library policies
  • Children not yet in 6th grade
  • Tutoring is not permitted in the Media Center
  • To use an iMac usage is on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
  • Any saved projects on the iMac's hard drive will be automatically deleted after a patron's session has ended. Patrons must save all work on their own external hard drive. 
  • This space is not a designated quiet area, but volume should be kept at an appropriate level for a library setting.

3-D Printing on Makerbot

  • The library provides access to 3-D printing software and hardware capabilities; patrons should be familiar with the technology in order to use the equipment for such purposes
  • Patrons can choose to print projects found on thingiverse.com, or create their own projects using 3-D creation software
  • Resource guides are available for patrons in the Media Center
  • A USB drive can be borrowed from the media desk in exchange for ID in order to save a project for printing on the Makerbot
  • The cost of 3-D printing is $.50 per ½ hour of printing
  • Printing time is limited to 2 hours per day
  • Children not yet in 6th grade must be accompanied by an adult
  • MakerBot will be closed for printing before closing because some projects take very long to print. Printing cannot continue after the library is closed. Patrons must stay with their projects while project prints; the library is not responsible for the production or storing of any project

If you create a project and it does not print to your satisfaction, you are still responsible to pay for the material

Adopted by the Board of Trustees 12/18/12

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