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MakerSpace

Mission of the MakerSpace

The MakerSpace is a multifunctional space designed to help the Deerfield community learn, create, collaborate, and have fun with technology. We will provide everyone with equal access to materials and resources that encourage learning in a welcoming environment.

Hours

Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Contact

Phone
847-580-8929
Email
makerspace@deerfieldlibrary.org

What is the MakerSpace?

The MakerSpace is a multi-functional space designed to help the Deerfield community learn, create, collaborate, and have fun with technology. We will provide everyone with equal access to materials and resources that encourage learning in a welcoming environment.

Who can use the MakerSpace?

The MakerSpace is open to all patrons of the library. Certain pieces of equipment require waivers before use, patrons under 18 filling out a waiver will require a parent or guardian’s signature.

MakerSpace guests can reserve equipment ahead of time by contacting the MakerSpace staff or using our online appointment form. Equipment and services are available to all patrons on a walk-in basis, subject to availability.

What does it cost to use the equipment?

There is no charge to use MakerSpace equipment or the space. Some services may require materials that can be provided by the patron or the library for a small fee. We also provide materials for purchase in the Digital Media Lab such as USB drives and blank CD/DVDs. For a full list of prices and approved materials see our materials price list.

Can someone help me learn to use the equipment?

Yes! The MakerSpace is generally a self-directed workspace, but when you make an appointment to use MakerSpace equipment a staff member will be on hand to help guide you for the duration of your appointment.

How do I make an appointment?

Appointments can be made by patrons with a valid Deerfield Public Library card. 

All appointments are currently offered using remote and virtual services.

You can request MakerSpace services using our online appointment form, or
Email – makerspace@deerfieldlibrary.org
Phone – 847-580-8929

MakerSpace staff will accommodate appointments based on current availability.

 

MakerSpace Equipment and Services

The Digital Media Lab is located in the MakerSpace. We offer equipment for converting various types of media into digital files including:

  • 8mm and Super 8 film
  • Audio cassettes
  • Non-copyrighted CD / DVD
  • Film (35mm strips, mounted slides, and medium format strips)
  • Photographs up to 8.5×11.7″
  • VHS tapes
  • Vinyl records

We can also convert video from various types of video cameras.

For more information please contact us at makerspace@deerfieldlibrary.org or call us at 847-580-8929. Digital Media Lab reservations can be made using our online appointment form

3D printing is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file.

The Deerfield Public Library uses a Lulzbot TAZ 6, and two Lulzbot Mini 3-D Printers that are available to all patrons of the library. We print using PLA or PLA+ filament.

3D Print jobs under 50 grams are free. 3D prints over 50 grams are charged at $0.10 per gram of filament. The total cost will be estimated before your print for approval. Please allow up one week for your print to be completed.

To submit a 3D print and to view our 3D printer policy please visit our 3D Printing Page.

Patrons have access to Janome sewing machines, a Brother PE800 embroidery machine, and a Brother thread serger along with a variety of essential accessories and tools by appointment. There is no charge to use the equipment. You can bring your own materials to be approved by a staff member, or the library can provide materials such as thread and stabilizer.

Sewing machine

Sewing machine

Sewing machine

Sewing machine

The Deerfield Public Library has a Universal Laser Systems VLS4.60 50w CO2 laser for use in the MakerSpace. The laser is capable or cutting, etching, and marking a wide variety of materials. There is no charge to use the laser. The Library has a small selection of materials available for use with the laser for purchase. Patrons are also free to bring in their own materials.

Check the approved materials list, all materials are subject to staff approval.

Makerspace crafts

Makerspace crafts

Makerspace crafts

Makerspace crafts

Our vinyl cutting machine uses a small blade to cut digital designs out of various materials including paper, fabric, and vinyl. it can be used to create things like vinyl stickers, decorations, and papercrafts.

The Library has a Silhouette Cameo 4 cutting machine and Silhouette Studio design software available for use in the MakerSpace. We have a variety of stick-on and heat transfer vinyl available for a fee. Check the list of approved materials for the Silhouette Cameo 4.

We offer large format printing services to all patrons of the library. We use an Epson InkJet printer which is capable of printing designs on 36″ roll paper. This allows you to print large posters, banners, and blueprints.

Prints are charged at $1.00 per foot of 36″ wide roll paper. Prints under $5 are free with a limit of one print per day

You can bring your print-ready designs to the MakerSpace on a USB drive or prepare and create designs using software available on MakerSpace laptops.

The MakerSpace features a variety of small equipment available for use in the MakerSpace including

  • Button Maker
  • Paper Cutter
  • Soldering Iron / Multimeter
  • Miniatures Painting Supplies

Please see a MakerSpace staff member for more information.

 

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