The Innovation Station is the name we have given to what is commonly known as a MakerSpace. A MakerSpace is a community center that offers a variety of technologies and equipment that are meant to turn creativity into action, foster the sharing of ideas, and encourage learning by doing. Reservations to use the technolgies in the Innovation Station can be through our website or at the library. Please review the Innovation Station statement & policy before making a reservation, Some technologies require a minimal materials fee.
Badge-A-Matic Button Makers
Speed, efficiency and quality — you get it all with the 2 1/4″ Badge-A-Matic System! This semi-automatic, tabletop machine makes producing the ever-popular 2 1/4″ buttons easier than ever.
If you’re looking to make a big statement, then 3″ buttons are just what you need. The semi-automatic 3″ Badge-A-Matic System will help you fashion your favorite photo buttons and develop your biggest designs quickly and easily.
Makerbot Replicator 3D Printers
The MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer makes solid, three-dimensional objects out of melted MakerBot PLA Filament. First, use MakerBot Desktop to translate 3D design files into instructions for the MakerBot Replicator. Then transfer those instructions to the MakerBot Replicator via USB drive. The MakerBot Replicator will melt MakerBot PLA Filament and squeeze it out onto the build plate in thin lines to build your object layer by layer. This method of 3D printing is called fused deposition modeling.
Prusa I3 MK3S+ 3D Printer
The Original Prusa i3 MK3S+ is the latest version of award-winning 3D printers. The upgraded MK3S, with a brand new SuperPINDA probe, offers an improved first layer calibration. The added high-quality Misumi bearings also offer various useful design tweaks. The functionality of the MK3S+ can be further enhanced by the unique Multi-Material Upgrade 2S for printing with up to 5 filaments simultaneously.
3D pens are a new take on 3D printing. As compared to a standard 3D printer, 3D printing pens serve the same function; however, the printing axis is controlled manually, and not by software. Used more as a novelty, than a device for making specific and technical parts, 3D printing pens can bring you hours of enjoyment, as you create 3D models that seem to defy the laws of gravity.
The Cricut Expression is a personal electronic cutting machine that makes it easy to create DIY projects. With an easy-to-learn keypad on the Cricut Expression machine, you can be creating DIY projects in no time. Just insert a cartridge, choose a shape, and cut! Plus, each cartridge has an instruction book to walk you through cutting all the shapes.
Cricut Explore Air 2
Cricut Explore Air 2 is a DIY speed machine. This smart cutting machine cuts and writes up to 2x faster than previous models and helps you make projects with over 100 different materials – everything from cardstock, vinyl, and iron-on to thicker materials like leather. Quickly. Beautifully. From cards to custom t-shirts to home décor.
Need to make family shirts for your next vacation? Or want to create a gift as a present? The Cricut EasyPress gives you professional iron-on results in 60 seconds or less. Combining the speed of a heat press and the convenience of an iron, Cricut EasyPress gives you fast and foolproof results that really stick, even after repeated washes.
Ellison Die-Cutting Machine
Die-cutting is like using a cookie cutter. A hand-operated, Ellison Die-Cutting Machine uses steel rule die shapes to cut through a wide range of materials quickly and easily. Ellison machines can die-cut, emboss and texturize many materials including paper and foil. The use of scissors takes time and patience. Die-cutting transforms the task of cutting letters and shapes into a fast, fun and easy endeavor.
littleBits is an award-winning platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks for creating inventions large and small. It is a system of electronic modules that snap together with magnets. Each littleBit has one unique function (light, sound, sensors, buttons), and with different combinations you can make large circuits. littleBits allows you to create interactive projects without any background in engineering, programming or wiring, in a few seconds. It’s as easy as snapping LEGO bricks together.
LEGO Mindstorms EV3
Combining the versatility of the LEGO building system with the most advanced technology LEGO has ever developed, LEGO Mindstorms EV3 lets you unleash a world of walking, talking and thinking robots that do anything you can imagine. Take your robotics skills to the next level.
Cozmo is a real-life robot like you’ve only seen in movies, with a one-of-a-kind personality that evolves the more you hang out. He’ll nudge you to play and keep you constantly surprised.
Sphero is a white orb wrapped in polycarbonate plastic, capable of rolling around, changing colors, running programs, and being controlled by a smartphone or tablet.
Janome 8077 Sewing Machine
With Janome 8077‘s thirty stitches, it cover all of your basic sewing needs! You can become a beginning seamstress or a seasoned hobbyist with the features included on this computerized model.
- 30 stitches
- Snap-on presser feet
- 7-piece feed dog
- Speed control slider
- Auto-declutch bobbin winder
- Top loading full rotary hook bobbin
- 6 one-step buttonholes
- Memorized needle up/down
- Free arm
- Locking stitch button
- Extra high presser foot lift
- Maximum stitch width 7mm
- Built-in needle threader
- Superior Feed System (SFS)
- Drop feed
- Easy reverse button
- Backlit LED screen with easy navigation keys
- Maximum stitch length 5mm
Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine
Take your embroidery to the next level with the feature rich, user friendly Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine. You’ll be able to stitch larger designs appropriate for jackets, bags, and home décor items. Also, there is more space to combine and rotate designs, lettering, frames and borders for truly custom, one of a kind creations. Choose from the built-in library of 136 designs.