Halloween is the start of what can be a very busy decorating season. There are windows that need embellishment, lawns to dress up, and parties for which you need to prepare. The LPL’s Innovation Station is home to several different pieces of equipment that can help you create original decorations for your home and workplace.
Using our 3D printer, 3Doodler and/or crafting machines will not only save you money, but also give you the power to design decorations not offered at local chain stores. For example, Thingiverse, the website that allows makers to download programs which can then be uploaded and printed by the MakerBot 3D printer, offers a wide variety of Halloween-themed programs. You can make skulls and bats to adorn your home, or a pumpkin that can serve as a candy dish for your Halloween party. You can even make holiday cookie cutters. Thingiverse is brimming with possibilities. All you have to do is search for what you need—you might even be able to make the missing piece to your son’s Halloween costume. Even better: the library has glow-in-the-dark filament to make your 3D decor spookier. These options are available to you for the bargain price of 50 cents per half hour of printing use, with a maximum of four hours for each appointment.
The 3Doodler, with which you can free-hand a 3D object, gives you even more license to show your creativity. Stop by the Innovation Station to see a sample of a witch’s hat that was made by one of our talented staff members with the aide of the 3Doodler.
Without a doubt, 3D technology is deserving of attention. However, let’s not forget about our crafting machines. Our Cricut and Ellison Die use paper cutting technology to create shapes and patterns that can be used to make banners, wall hangings, paper wreaths, window clings and more. Both machines can also help you create beautiful, one-of-a-kind greeting cards and invitations.
Halloween is just the beginning. Once you tap into your own talents and get a feel for the machinery, the sky is the limit. If you bring the right supplies (paper, glue sticks, glitter, etc.), a creative mindset, and a little bit of patience, the LPL’s Innovation Station will help make your holiday season more festive.