Using the Fab Lab

Please note that use of the Fab Lab is currently unavailable .

You must be “certified” to use our 3D printers, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, sewing machines, or CNC mill. For more info, see “Get Certified,” below.

For a guided “FFL Innovation” tour for members of your institution or group, please contact Mike at mcimino@fflib.org

Fab Lab FAQs

The FFL Fab Lab is our makerspace where resources are available for fabrication or making things.

The Fab Lab contains all kinds of hardware and software for making things! This includes:

3D Printing & Scanning:

  • 5 FlashForge Finder 3D printers
  • 2 FlashForge Guider II 3D printers
  • 1 Stratasys Mojo Desktop 3D printers

Digital Cutting and Engraving:

  • Epilog Laser cutter can cut and engrave wood, acrylic, fabric, leather, plastic, rubber, fiberglass and more. Can also engrave glass, coated or painted metals, ceramic, marble, and more.
  • Shapeoko 2 3D Carving (CNC milling) machine can carve materials such as wood, plastic, and aluminum
  • Graphtec RoboPro Craft vinyl cutter for cutting vinyl
  • Cricut machine and cartridges for paper cutting

Sewing:

  • 9 sewing machines
  • Ironing boards & irons
  • Rotary cutters, cutting mats, fabric scissors, pins, thread, community-donated fabric

Crafting:

  • Button Maker (blank buttons available for purchase in 1″ or 2 1/4″ sizes)
  • Laminator (lamination pouches available for purchase in Letter, Legal, or 11.5″x17″ sizes)
  • Paper crafting tools: Ellison machine, paper punches, paper edging tools, stamps, crayons, markers, colored pencils, paper, sketch pads, paint, tape, glue, and more
  • Jewelry making tools: Bead boards & looms, pliers sets, craft drills, hole punches, and jewelry making kits (available to loan)
  • Knitting & Crocheting tools: Learn to knit kits, learn to crochet kits, loom knitting kits, sock loom kits (available for loan)
  • Baking tools: Cake Pans (available for loan)

Hand Tools:

  • Hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, cutting tools, measures & levels, etc.

Electronics:

  • Soldering irons, wire cutters, strippers, vises, solder suckers, multimeters, etc.
  • Arduino boards

STEM Learning Kits:

  • Little Bits Kits: starter kits & extended kits
  • Snap Circuits Jr. kits
  • K’Nex Kits: Classroom Set, K-8 Construction Set, Amusement Park Adventure Set, and Intro to Structures: Bridges kits (4)
  • Gaylord STEM learning kits: Sterling Engine Kit, Photovoltaic Kit, Fuel Cell Kit, Experiment Kit

3D Modeling/Printing:

  • Professional 3D design software: Solidworks
  • Free 3D design software: Sketchup, Blender, Tinkercad
  • Free 3D conversion software: Makerware

Designing Vector Graphics (for laser cutting and/or milling):

  • Inkscape
  • CorelDraw
  • Easel

Vinyl Cutting:

  • Sure Cuts A Lot Pro
  • Graphtec Robo Master Pro

Technology Learning:

  • Lynda.com & Webucator – Online tech learning courses

Kits and Tools available to check out:

FFL Fab Lab Kits & Tools are loaned for 21 days, with 2 possible renewals. Patrons can put them on hold. Borrowers will be charged 20¢/day for late returns.

  • Jewelry Making Kits
  • Learn to Sew Kits
  • My First Sewing Kits (for kids)
  • Sock Loom Knitting Kit
  • Loom Knitting Kits
  • Wilton Cake Pans
  • Kill-A-Watt Energy Meters

You must be “certified” before you can use these tools on your own. Get certified online!

No! You can use the Fab Lab for free. We just charge a small amount if you want to use certain materials.

Table of Fees:

Cost
PLA (FlashForge 3D Printers)$0.05/gram
Mojo 3D Printer$6.00/cubic inch + $3.00/build plate
Adhesive Vinyl (8.5″x11″)$0.75/sheet
Adhesive Vinyl (12″x24″)$1.50/sheet
High tack transfer tape$1.50/foot
Card stock (6″x12″ OR 8.5″x11″)$0.25/sheet
Card stock (12″x12″)$0.50/sheet
3 mil Lamination Pouch (Letter size)$0.50/sheet
3 mil Lamination Pouch (Legal size)$0.75/sheet
3 mil Lamination Pouch (11.75″x17.5″ ‘Double Letter’ size)$1.00/sheet
1″ Button$0.50/button
2.25″ Button$1.00/button

Please view our Maker Agreement for a list of all the policies and procedures associated with using the FFL Fab Lab.

Yes, we offer many programs that utilize the tools and technology available in our MakerSpace. Check our calendar to see what events are coming up soon!

Yes, we accept the following “like-new” items for donation: paper plates; paper lunch bags; paper towel rolls; duct tape; scissors; crayons; colored pencils; stickers; school glue; unopened glue sticks, and markers. We accept additional items on an as-needed basis.

Please contact Mike at mcimino@fflib.org for more info.

Get Certified

Step 1: Watch the Video

Step 2: Take the quiz

Step 3: Fill out the Maker Agreement (If you haven’t already)

Step 4: Bring the completed Maker Agreement to the front desk at the library & let the staff know you completed the training. Now you’re Certified to use our machine!

Step 1: Watch the Video

Step 2: Take the quiz

Step 3: Fill out the Maker Agreement (If you haven’t already)

Step 4: Bring the completed Maker Agreement to the front desk at the library & let the staff know you completed the training. Now you’re Certified to use our machine!

Step 1: Watch the Video

Step 2: Take the quiz

Step 3: Fill out the Maker Agreement (If you haven’t already)

Step 4: Bring the completed Maker Agreement to the front desk at the library & let the staff know you completed the training. Now you’re Certified to use our machine!

Maker Resources