Make II is where we offer hand tools, power tools, and machines for more advanced projects like 3D printing, laser engraving, and CNC milling. For safety purposes, staff is in the room while machines are in use.
Make II can only be used during Open Hours. Please check the calendar before dropping in. Call (719) 531-6333, x1539 with any questions.

ABOUT THE SPACE

  • The general policy, waivers, and cost information are available on the main Makerspace page.
  • During Open Hours patrons can use the machinery in Make II with limited guidance. You must be badged in advance to use Make II machinery. Access to the various machines is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    • The laser cutter is available for advanced reservation for one hour up to one week in advance.
    • The laser cutter and CNC are available for up to an hour of use. More time may be available if no one is waiting to use the machine.
    • Reserve the Laser Cutter

OPEN HOURS

  • Mondays: Closed
  • Tuesdays: 2 - 8 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 2 - 8 p.m.
  • Fridays: Closed
  • Saturdays: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Sundays: Closed

DROP OFF 3D PRINTING

The makerspace at Library 21c offers drop-off 3D printing. Bring an STL file to the Make desk to have us 3D Print an item for you. We’ll run it when the printers are available, and email you when it’s done.

  • Print time will be estimated when you drop off your print, and every patron is limited to 10 hours of total print time per quarter for drop-off printing.
  • File submissions must be done in person.
  • We can only assist with 3D modeling, file conversion, or editing during a scheduled Machinery Appointment.
  • The Library reserves the right to refuse assisting with a project if the file is deemed to be a weapon, pornographic material, or a potential violation of copyright, patent, or trademark law.

EQUIPMENT

Machines

  • Epilog Helix 75 Watt Laser Engraver/Cutter
  • Lulzbot Mini 3D printer (4)
  • Lulzbot TAZ 6 3D printer (2)
  • ShopBot Desktop CNC

Tools

  • 3D Printing Pens
  • Allen Wrenches
  • Box Cutter
  • C Clamp
  • Claw Hammers
  • Claw Knife
  • Dremel Tool with Accessories
  • Hand Reaming Tool
  • Heat Guns
  • Hobby Knives
  • Power Drill
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Saw
  • Screwdrivers, electrical and woodworking
  • Socket Wrench Set
  • Staple Gun
  • Tape Measure
  • Various Pliers

SOFTWARE

Comments

Hello, does PPLD still have 3D laser scanners available to the public? I recently began designing/modifying some objects for which I could use a 3D Scanner to refine and preserve their shapes.

Hello, PPLD does have a 3D Scanner available at Library 21c. If you would like to reserve time to come in and use the machine, or if you have any further questions, please call 719-531-6333. Thank you.

Do you have access to a 3d scanner to 3d print replicas of various things?

Yes, we have a Next Engine 3D Scanner. It is located in the Make room and is available during regular library hours, as long as the room is not in use for programs or other reservations. It is available for walk-in use or can be reserved.

I am a 1978 Grad of the Air Force Academy who lives in Los Angeles. Is there anyone there who is qualified and proficient with your machinery and software who would be willing to create a 3D replica of our class crest from a jpeg? I need it by late September

Hello,

Thank you for your interest in the makerspace technology. We provide access to machinery for patrons who have been certified to use the equipment, as well as training, both in-house and through Lynda.com. However, staff are unable to take on and create individual projects. If you would like to learn more about the makerspaces, please check out our website, https://ppld.org/creative-services/makerspaces, or feel free to call the makerspace desk at Library 21c at, 531-6333.

Do you have a lathe and the necessary tooling for that? What kind of sanding tools are there other than the Dremel? The only things I saw related to those were "Woodworking".

Hello, unfortunately the Library does not own a lathe or any sanding tools other than the Dremel. If you have any further questions, please call 719-884-9800. Thank you!

Hello, it is fine to cut out reflective paper on the laser cutter printer. However, the paper must be card stock, and you will only be able to cut about two sheets of paper at a time.

Hello there! Are you wanting to use the Epilog Laser to cut reflective card stock? If so, then yes you can. You're right, please only cut up to two sheets of card stock at a time. If you have any further questions please call 719-531-6333. Thank you!

Does Make II have solder wick and soldering irons?

I am looking to have some one cut out a simple logo if i bring in my own vinyl would i have to schedule an appointment or could I just go into the open hours?

Hello,

Unfortunately, cutting vinyl with a laser is extremely hazardous so you will not be able to use it with our machines. If you would like to cut vinyl we have machines that can work with thin sheets of vinyl, and those machines are available at Library 21c whenever the library is open. Walk-ins are welcome, and you can call in advance to reserve the machine. If you would like to use a laser cutter, materials such as wood and acrylic work well. Those machines are available during open hours, however you will need to be trained on the machine before you can use it. We offer classes on the laser cutter at least once a month.

Please give us a call at 719-531-6333 if you have any questions or would like to discuss your project in more detail.

Is there a consideration to get a PLA recycling setup at 21C? I'm talking about machines such as the Filabot EX2, or similar PLA scrap re-melters/re-spoolers to effectively recycle rafts/brims/scraps/failed prints/etc.

Hello,

Thank you for your interest in the makerspaces. At this time, we do not have plans to purchase a machine to recycle filament. However, we do have recycling boxes for the filament waste created while using library 3D printers.

Do you have the rotary attachment for the Epilog Laser Engraver that enables engraving on glassware? Is there a downloadable guide that someone can read to better prepare themselves for the badging class? Thank you in advance!

I am curious as to what methods are available to print a logo on to t-shirts, polo shirts, etc. What type of format or file do I need to provide for the process?

Do you need to bring your own 3D printing filament to print

Hello, PPLD provides all of the filament for our 3D printers. The exact selection will vary by location, but we have ABS and PLA filaments in a variety of color, which we charge $.05 per gram. If you want to know more about what filaments are available, please contact the Makerspace at the branch you will be going to.

HI Studio 21c staff, I was wondering if I could do drop off printing and use a separate printer while still in the room. Like, use the Lulzbot mini to make a design and print it while a longer print is happening on the Lulzbot Taz 6. Please respond quickly.

Aspiring Engineer-Ash

Hello,

You are able to submit a drop-off print at anytime, including during Open Hours. Any drop-off prints you have waiting does not interfere with you running your own prints, and the staff does not work on drop-offs during Open Hours.

Hello, I would like to laser cut something with the CNC, but I don't want to wait to be badged. is there a service that one of the makerspace librarians/monitors could do it for me?

Hello,

Unfortunately, we are not able to set up appointments to work with patrons on their projects. The only way to be able to use the laser cutters is by taking the badging classes. However, once you take the class, you are able to use the laser at any of our locations.

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