The TechCentral MakerSpace is a cutting-edge space equipped with industry standard technology and fabrication, equipment, and software, allowing you to turn your ideas into reality. 3D Printing and Scanning, Vinyl and Laser Fabrication, as well as Music, Audio, and Video production are all available in the MakerSpace.
About the TechCentral MakerSpace
The TechCentral MakerSpace is a creative and collaborate design and fabrication space that allows you to turn your ideas into reality. The MakerSpace is available to all Cleveland Public Library and CLEVNET member library card holders. To access the TechCentral MakerSpace, you will need a library card in good standing, and a Photo ID.
The TechCentral MakerSpace is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Laser Engraving and Cutting Machine
Engrave materials up to 24” x 12” in size and cut through select materials up to 1/4” thick using the TechCentral MakerSpace laser engraver. Wood, acrylic, leather, and rubber can all be cut and engraved using the laser unit. Painted or anodized metals, as well as glass, marble, and stone can be engraved as well.
The TechCentral MakerSpace has one Epilog Mini 24”x12” 40-watt Laser Engraver. CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator vector graphics software are available for designing and preparing projects for the laser engraver.
3D Printing and Scanning
Create physical plastic objects from 3D computer renderings using the TechCentral MakerSpace 3D printer, or turn physical objects into 3D computer renderings using state-of-the-art 3D scanning technology. See more information about 3D printing at the Library.
The TechCentral MakerSpace has one MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer, and one NextEngine 3D Scanner HD available for use. Also available for staff-assisted prints are a MakerGear M2 3D Printer and a MakerBot Replicator 2X ABS printer.
MakerSpace Vinyl Cutting Vinyl Cutting Machine
Design and create custom vinyl decals for signage, wall art, and more. Up to 24” wide decals can be printed using our vinyl cutter.
The TechCentral MakerSpace has one Roland GX-24 Vinyl Cutter available for use, as well as a variety of vinyl sign making tools. CorelDRAW vector graphics software is available for designing and preparing projects for the vinyl cutter.
Photography, Videography, and Graphics Design
Professional-level software is available on MakerSpace computers for editing of photo, video, and graphics design projects.
The TechCentral MakerSpace has the following Photography and Videography software and equipment available:
- Wacom Intuos Creative Pen & Touch Tablet (Medium)
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Premier
- Adobe After Effects
- Corel PHOTO-PAINT
- Apple iMovie
- Windows Movie Maker
MakerSpace MusicMusic Recording and Production
Record Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, or even design your own synthesized tones and beats in the TechCentral MakerSpace. Produce your tracks using professional equipment and software.
The TechCentral MakerSpace has the following Music equipment and software available:
- M-Audio Oxygen 25 USB MIDI Keyboard
- Squire Bullet Strat Guitar
- Squire Bronco Bass Guitar
- Korg Monotron, monotron DUO, and monotron DELAY analog synthesizers
- Mbox 3 Mini Interface
- Avid Pro Tools Express
- Apple GarageBand
MakerSpace Computer Access and Meeting Space
The TechCentral MakerSpace has a small number of Windows and Mac computers available for use with MakerSpace projects. Additionally, a small seating and meeting space, including a SMARTBoard projector, is available for project design and collaborative meetings.
MakerSpace Materials and Use Fees
General use of the space, equipment and software is free of charge with your library card. A variety of materials for the laser engraver, vinyl cutter, and 3D printer are available for purchase at the TechCentral MakerSpace. You are welcome to bring in your own materials for use with the laser engraver and vinyl cutter. MakerSpace staff must approve all user-supplied materials before they are used on MakerSpace equipment, to prevent damage to equipment, or harm to uses within the MakerSpace.
Pretty awesome right?! Recording equipment, expensive graphic design programs, 3D printer, laser printer, vinyl machine?!! Fantastic! I’d say we’re pretty darn lucky to have those resources available to us for free. Got more questions? Call TechCentral at 216-623-2980 for additional details.
They also offer classes such as Microsoft Word, Computer 101, Laser Engraving Basics, Cutting and Pressing Vinyl Tshirt Deigns and more! Find the upcoming calendar of events HERE.
And if that wasn’t enough you can also rent devices for 3-hr time periods!! They call it the Tech Toy Box. iPads and CPL laptops are available to borrow with a swipe of your library card! A picture ID and your library card are all you need to borrow these devices for a 3-hour period to use anywhere within the library. Once the device is returned to the kiosk the information is wiped clean and recharged so you don’t need to worry about your information being stolen.