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Welcome to the Design Den!
Learn. Create. Invent.  Our Design Den Makerspace officially opens to the public in July!

makerspace:

     noun

1. a collaborative workshop that supplies equipment and technology, such as 3D printers, sewing machines, audio/visual equipment, etc., for creative projects.


Officially opening to for our patrons to use beginning in July!!


As a continually growing and evolving project, we are creating a space that allows more of our community to engage in “do-it-yourself” projects that involve technology and applications not always available to the general public.


Our vision is to provide access and training to allow patrons to dream and create their own projects, giving them access to the tools they need to be successful.


It is important to note that our purpose and vision focus on training.  While our library staff is always available for support, it is NOT our goal to “do it for you,” rather, give you the knowledge and skills to allow you to do it yourself.


So what all's in there?

  • 3D printer
  • Heat presses (2) for image transfer to items like tee shirts, mouse pads, ceramic tiles, and more as well has heat transfer vinyl for logos and designs
  • Audio/visual equipment, including software for editing, green-screen technology
  • Laser engraver: a small scale engraver that works on wood
  • CNC machine:  programmable router for milling primarily wood & soft metal designs
  • Industrial sewing machine
  • Embroidery machine
  • Glass bottle cutter
  • Edible Ink Icing printer
  • Conversion equipment to convert vinyl records and cassettes to digital format, slides & negatives to digital format, 8mm film to digital format

Who can use the Design Den?

Patrons in good standing with zero fines on their account that have completed the Design Den orientation.  The orientation takes approximately 30-45 minutes.  Currently we are offering this orientation on the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm and a floating Saturday class at 1pm.  The first classes are Tuesday, July 2 and Saturday, July 13.  Class size is limited to 10 people and reservations are required.  Registration opens 2 weeks prior to the each class.  Those under the age of 18 are required to have a parent or legal guardian accompany them for the initial orientation.  Additional training is required on some select equipment.  As we ramp up this project, we will evaluate how we will facilitate the additional training.  Links to the registration site are in the calendar on our website at www.marioncopublic.org


Does it cost anything?

Nominal costs are incurred for consumables only.  Any storage devices required for data retention or transfer are the responsibility of the user.


More specific information will be included in the initial orientation.  Please don't hesitate to inquire to a staff member if you have questions!  We're excited to offer this resource to our patrons!