Maker Lab

MAKE.   LEARN.   INSPIRE.

The public is invited to come to the Maker Lab to tinker or to work on their ongoing projects.  We have 3D printers, vinyl cutters and laminating machines available at multiple locations, plus other equipment helpful to creators and artists.

Basic supplies are for sale, but you're welcome to bring your own and use the machines at no extra cost.  Depending on your project, staff members may run the machines for you or help you learn how to do it yourself.  In most cases, it will be necessary to schedule an appointment.

Contact Us!

For all requests and inquiries:
Email:
makerlab@mplonline.org

Ben May Main Library: (251)340-1458
Moorer/Spring Hill Branch: (251)494-4140
West Regional Library: (251)340-8561

3D Printer

Ben May Main Library, Moorer/Spring Hill Branch and West Regional Library have Prusa i3 MK3 3D printers available. These printers can be used to make three-dimensional objects using plastic filament. The 3D printing service is available to all ages.

The library will charge 10 cents for every gram of filament used with a minimum total charge of $1.

Head over to our Thingiverse account, thingiverse.com/MobilePublicLibrary, to see what we've been printing.

Questions about 3D Printing? Check out our FAQs

Request a 3D print

Start the process of getting objects printed on one of our 3D printers by learning more about our procedures.

3D Printing Procedures

Vinyl Cutter

Use at Ben May Main Library (Cricut), Moorer/Spring Hill Branch (Cameo) and West Regional Library (Cricut).

Bring your own supplies or pay for the supplies we have on hand. Machines are free to use. Each person is limited to 5 sessions a month.

  • $1 - 12" x 12" Vinyl Sheets (the charge is less if you only need part of the sheet)
  • $2 - Heat Transfer Vinyl Sheets
  • 25¢ - 8.5" x 11" cardstock paper (plus 10¢ to print in black and white and 50¢ to print in color using library printers)

Email makerlab@mplonline.org to schedule an appointment at one of the three locations.

Laminator

Use at Ben May Main Library, Moorer/Spring Hill Branch and West Regional Library.

Bring your own supplies or pay for the supplies we have on hand. Machines are free to use. Each person is limited to 25 items a month.

  • $1 - Tabloid (11" x 17")
  • 75¢ - Legal (8.5" x 14")
  • 50¢ - Letter (8.5" x 11")
  • 25¢ - Wallet (2" x 3.5")
  • $1 per foot - Roll (when available)

If you wish to use the library printers it's 10¢ to print in black and white and 50¢ to print in color. The library is not responsible for damage caused to personal property by the laminator.

Email makerlab@mplonline.org to schedule an appointment at one of the three locations.

Button Maker

Ben May Main Library, Moorer/Spring Hill Branch and West Regional Library have button makers available for public use. The finished buttons are 2" in diameter. This service is available to all ages.

The library charges 25¢ per button. Plus, if you wish to use the library printers, there is an additional printing cost. It's 10¢ to print in black and white and 50¢ to print in color. We can fit up to twelve button images on one sheet of paper. Depending on staff availability button requests may be limited to 24 per month.

Interested in having buttons made? You can choose from one of two options:

  • Submit a request by emailing us at makerlab@mplonline.org. Attach the image file to the email using one of the following formats: JPEG, PNG, or SVG. Let us know at which library location you’d like to have your buttons picked up. You will hear back from a member of our maker team.
  • Those who are interested in making their own buttons should email makerlab@mplonline.org to make an appointment to come in for a hands on approach.  You will hear back from a member of our maker team.

Also available at the Mobile Public Library:

  • MERGE Cube and Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset
  • Fused Filament Fabrication & Stereolithography 3D Pens
  • Carvey CNC Carving Machine
  • Holy Stone HS160RC Drones
  • X-Tronic 4040-XTS Digital Hot Air Rework & Soldering Iron Station
  • ePhotoInc T-shirt Heat Press
  • Epson Perfection V600 Photo, Film, Negative and Document Flatbed Scanner
  • AmScope B120 Binocular Microscope
  • Digital Studio (Canon EOS Rebel T6 Camera with tripod, reflector, green screen and more)
  • The Original Egg-Bot
  • Arduino
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Makey Makey
  • Dremel 3000
  • AdTech 0453 Dual Temperature Glue Gun
  • Telmu F40070M Astronomical Telescope