Skip to main content
close
Font size options
Increase or decrease the font size for this website by clicking on the 'A's.
Contrast options
Choose a color combination to give the most comfortable contrast.

Makerspace

Make it at your library!

Appointments

Make an appointment by calling 630-264-4117 or online here. Appointments must be made no later than a day in advance. Please note, the Makerspace is closed Fridays and Sundays until further notice.


Schedule an Appointment

Pricing

Material Cost
3D Printing PLA (Dremel and Prusa) $.05 a gram
3D Resin Printing (form labs and Anycubic) $.10 a gram
Siser Easyweed HTV $3.00 a ft
Oracal Outdoor Sticker Vinyl $1.00 a ft
Sublimation Printing $1.00 a sheet
Laser and Sublimation Materials At Cost


Available Machines

3D Printing

3D printer creating a Nefertari bust out of orange filament

The Makerspace has two different models of 3D printers. The  Prusa open-bed filament printers can print in PLA in a variety of colors.

PLA is a safe, high-quality biodegradable plastic filament. The Formlabs is UV-curable resin that results in highly detailed finished products!

Cutting Machines

Mint green Cricut cutting machine

The Brother ScanNCut SDX 125E and Cricut Explore Air 2 can be used to cut designs out of a variety of materials. Create a design with the Cricut Design Space, then cut on cardstock or other materials up to 2 millimeters thick. The Brother ScanNCut scans and traces your designs and precisely cuts them out. 

Gray and blue ScanNCut machine

The ScanNCut can cut material up to 3 millimeters thick.

Heat Press

Heatpress machineThe Makerspace heat press can transfer your designs to fabric, hats, and mugs! Single-color heat-transfer vinyl cut on the Roland GS-24 or Cricut Explore Air 2 can be used, as can full-color designs printed using our sublimation printer. Make promotional materials for your business, or creative goodies for your family and friends! 

Laser Cutting/Engraving

White and silver laser cutterThe Makerspace has two laser cutters available for customer use: the Epilog Mini Helix and the Glowforge. Our laser cutters can cut and engrave a variety of materials, including wood, acrylic, leather, cardboard, and more! Materials for laser cutting, including specialty items such as cutting boards, keychains, and coasters, are available for purchase.     

Plotter Printer

Large printer on wheels printing a poster of a smiling faceThe HP can print posters up to three feet wide on a variety of materials, including glossy, heavyweight, adhesive, and outdoor paper. Grommets are available for certain materials.

Sublimation Printer

white and black printer machineThe sublimation printer can print full-color designs created using the Makerspace’s creative software onto fabric, plastic, or metal sublimation blanks. 

Vinyl Cutter

Rowland brand vinyl cutterThe Roland GS-24 can cut vinyl decals up to two feet wide in an assortment of colors. Oracal 651 permanent outdoor adhesive vinyl is available for purchase in the Makerspace and can be used on windows, vehicles and more. The Makerspace also has a supply of Siser Easyweed Vinyl which can be used with our Heat Press to create your very own T-shirts!

Software

  • Corel Suite 2022 – Drawing and painting software 

  • Adobe Photoshop – Adobe’s painting program that can edit photos, create graphics, and more.  

  • Adobe Illustrator – Adobe’s drawing program that allows you to work with vectors.

  • Adobe Lightroom- Adobe’s photo management software. 

  • Adobe InDesign- Adobe’s layout software allowing you to create flyers, menus, and brochures. 

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro – Adobe’s PDF editor 

  • Cricut Design Space – This software allows you to access the Cricut and cut a variety of materials. 

  • Silhouette Studio - This software allows you to access the Silhouette cutter and cut a variety of materials. 

  • Cura Slicer- This 3D slicer software lets you edit files to work with the Prusa 3D printers. 

  • Brother Canvas Workspace - This software allows you to access the Brother ScanNCut and cut a variety of materials. 

  • Lychee Slicer for Anycubic – This 3D slicer is for slicing files for our Anycubic resin printer. 

  • Formlabs Slicer- This 3D slicer is for slicing files for our formlabs resin printer. 


FAQ

Where is the Makerspace located?

At the Santori Library, located on the first floor in front of the Children's department.

Can I use the Makerspace any time I want?

No, appointments are required to guarantee space use. 

How long is a Makerspace appointment?

One 60 minute session will be allowed per day.

How many sessions can I have in a day?

All customers are currently limited to one appointment per day.

How old do I have to be to schedule an appointment?

Customers over the age of 12 are allowed to use the Makerspace at this time.

Can I use the Makerspace without a library card?

Yes. 

What does it cost to use the Makerspace? 

There is no cost to use the Makerspace machines. Materials for all machines are sold in the Makerspace at cost. Customers are required to use the provided materials for the plotter printer, 3D printers and vinyl cutter. 

Can you bring in your own materials? 

Yes! You are welcome to bring in your own materials for use with our cutting machines. Please note that all materials will need to be reviewed by Makerspace staff to ensure that they are safe to use. It is recommended that you bring in a receipt showing where you purchased the material and what its intended use is. 


Programs & More

Tue, Jun 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
West Branch - Meeting Room
Get started with the basics of computing! This month, we will explore Microsoft Excel Basics for organizing data and creating budgets.
This event is full

Wed, Jun 26, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
New venue Santori Library - N119 - Makerspace
Este mes aprenderemos los conceptos básicos de Microsoft Word para escribir cartas, currículums y más. Registro requerido.
This event is full

Sat, Jun 29, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Santori Library - S218 - Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Technology Lab
Calling all Makers! Educator Minhaj Farrukh will explore how hydraulic power can be used for excavation, and all participants will build their own manually-controlled device.

Fri, Jul 05, 11:00am - 1:00pm
West Branch - Meeting Room
Have questions about your computer, phone, tablet, and/or e-reader? Drop-in and get help understanding your technology and how to help these tools work for you.

Sat, Jul 06, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Santori Library - N224 - Dolan Family Teen Program Room
Calling all Makers! Educator Minhaj Farrukh will explore how solar energy is used for various applications, and all participants will make their own solar energy device to take home.

Sat, Jul 06, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Santori Library - S218 - Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Technology Lab
Learn more about Hoopla, Freegal, and Libby, three exciting apps which allow you to access free books, music, movies, and more with your library card!

Tue, Jul 09, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 108 (Small Meeting Room)
Want to know what artificial intelligence (AI) is all about? We will give a basic introduction and give you a chance to test out several generative AI tools in this special program.

Wed, Jul 10, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166 (Large Meeting Room)
Want to learn about coding? Join us for fun activities that teach beginner coding skills! For grades 3-5. no registration required. Ticketed program.

Canceled
Wed, Jul 10, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library
Aquí aprenderá las habilidades básicas para usar el ratón y el teclado. También aprenderá lo básico del programa Microsoft Word. Registro requerido.

Thu, Jul 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - N119 - Makerspace
Makers will create a custom stamp design using makerspace software, then have the design engraved and cut out of a rubber sheet by the Epilog Mini Helix laser.

Thu, Jul 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - S218 - Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Technology Lab
Descubre cómo la tecnología puede facilitar tu búsqueda de empleo e identifica recursos comunitarios que te ayudarán en cada paso de tu búsqueda.

Sat, Jul 13, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166 (Large Meeting Room)
Calling all Makers! Educator Minhaj Farrukh will explore how hydraulic power can be used for excavation, and all participants will build their own manually-controlled device.

Sat, Jul 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
West Branch - Meeting Room
Learn more about Hoopla, Freegal, and Libby, three exciting apps which allow you to access free books, music, movies, and more with just your library card!

Tue, Jul 16, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166 (Large Meeting Room)
Get started with the basics of computing! This month, we will explore Microsoft PowerPoint Basics for creating engaging slideshow presentations.

Wed, Jul 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
New venue Santori Library - N119 - Makerspace
Learn the basics of 3D printing, then explore Thingiverse as a resource to discover and print 3D models.

Thu, Jul 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166 (Large Meeting Room)
Dive into the world of photo editing and discover how to enhance colors, adjust lighting, remove imperfections, and add creative effects to your pictures with photographer and author Molly Page.

Thu, Jul 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - N119 - Makerspace
Makers will create a custom design using makerspace software, then have the design engraved on an anodized pet tag using our Epilog laser engraving machine.
Registration opens Thursday, June 27 2024 at 9:00am

Thu, Jul 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - S218 - Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Technology Lab
En este taller, te enseñaremos a adaptarte aeste cambio y a crear un currículum efectivo que destaque tus habilidades yexperiencia de manera profesional.

Sat, Jul 20, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166 (Large Meeting Room)
Calling all Makers! Educator Minhaj Farrukh will explore how solar energy is used for various applications, and all participants will make their own solar energy device to take home.

Mon, Jul 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 108 (Small Meeting Room)
Learn the basics of 3D printing, then explore Thingiverse as a resource to discover and print 3D models.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 23, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - S218 - Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Technology Lab
Get started with the basics of computing! This month, we will explore Microsoft PowerPoint Basics for creating engaging slideshow presentations.

Wed, Jul 24, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
New venue Santori Library - N119 - Makerspace
Este mes, exploraremos los conceptos básicos de Microsoft Excel para organizar datos y crear presupuestos.

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - S218 - Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Technology Lab
Este taller te proporcionará las herramientas necesarias para enfrentar entrevistas de manera efectiva, ya sea en entornos virtuales o presenciales.

Sat, Jul 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Santori Library - N224 - Dolan Family Teen Program Room
Calling all Makers! Educator Minhaj Farrukh will explore how wind energy is used for various applications, and all participants will make their own small, wind-powered turbine to take home.
Registration opens Saturday, June 29 2024 at 9:00am

Sat, Jul 27, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
Dive into the world of cybersecurity, using Sphero robots to understand how to protect against digital threats. Learn about encryption, firewalls, and ethical hacking in an interactive setting.
Registration opens Saturday, July 6 2024 at 9:00am

Sat, Jul 27, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 108 (Small Meeting Room)
Dive into the world of cybersecurity, using Sphero robots to understand how to protect against digital threats. Learn about encryption, firewalls, and ethical hacking in an interactive setting.
Registration opens Saturday, July 6 2024 at 9:00am

Mon, Jul 29, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166 (Large Meeting Room)
Curious about 3D printing but don't know where to start? We'll use the free software Tinkercad to make your first 3D print design - a personalized mini flowerpot with a succulent!

Tue, Jul 30, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
West Branch - Meeting Room
Get started with the basics of computing! This month, we will explore Microsoft PowerPoint Basics for creating engaging slideshow presentations.

Wed, Jul 31, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
West Branch - Meeting Room
Learn the basics of 3D printing, then explore Thingiverse as a resource to discover and print 3D models.

Fri, Aug 02, 11:00am - 1:00pm
West Branch - Meeting Room
Have questions about your computer, phone, tablet, and/or e-reader? Drop-in and get help understanding your technology and how to help these tools work for you.

Sat, Aug 03, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Santori Library - N119 - Makerspace
Learn how to use the free, browser-based design tool Tinkercad to create fun and personalized 3D models that you can print in the Makerspace! No 3D printing experience is required to attend.
Registration opens Saturday, July 6 2024 at 9:00am

Mon, Aug 05, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - S218 - Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Technology Lab
Get started with the basics of computing! This month, we will explore the basics of Microsoft Word for typing letters, resumes, and more.

Tue, Aug 06, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
¿Tienes un celular Android que apenas sabes utilizar? ¿Estás cansado de pedirles a tus hijos que envíen un correo electrónico por ti en tu celular? Si respondiste que sí, ¡este programa es para ti!

Wed, Aug 07, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
West Branch - Meeting Room
Get started with the basics of computing! This month, we will explore the basics of Microsoft Word for typing letters, resumes, and more.

Thu, Aug 08, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - S218 - Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Technology Lab
Descubre cómo la tecnología puede facilitar tu búsqueda de empleo e identifica recursos comunitarios que te ayudarán en cada paso de tu búsqueda.

Thu, Aug 08, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 108 (Small Meeting Room),Zoom Room - Eola Adult Services Department
Learn safe online practices & how to protect yourself from cyber threats including phishing, malware, identity theft, & more. Presented by Kristen Young from the Center for Cyber Safety & Education.

Sat, Aug 10, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
Explore the exciting world of machine learning with Ready Set Code! We'll have interactive projects and activities that demystify AI concepts, making them accessible and engaging. Grades 6 - 12.
Registration opens Saturday, July 20 2024 at 10:30am

Sat, Aug 10, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 108 (Small Meeting Room)
Explore the exciting world of machine learning with Ready Set Code! We'll have interactive projects and activities that demystify AI concepts, making them accessible and engaging. Grades 6 - 12.
Registration opens Saturday, July 20 2024 at 1:00pm

Sun, Aug 11, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
¿Te han dicho que tu voz debería estar en la radio? ¿Te fascina el mundo de la radio o estás interesado en una carrera dinámica? ¡CASS Inc. explorará estos temas y más!

Mon, Aug 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 108 (Small Meeting Room)
Learn how to tell fact from fiction on your social media feeds in this hands-on program. We'll explore how to spot dubious posts and independently verify claims. Then, test your skills to win prizes!

Mon, Aug 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - S218 - Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Technology Lab
Aquí aprenderá las habilidades básicas para usar el ratón y el teclado. También aprenderá lo básico del programa Microsoft Word. Registro requerido.

Tue, Aug 13, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - N119 - Makerspace
Learn about 3D printing and how to find premade designs or make your own creations in Tinkercad! We'll also explore design concepts like infill and supports, and you'll take home your own Kit Card.
Registration opens Tuesday, July 16 2024 at 9:00am

Wed, Aug 14, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166 (Large Meeting Room)
Want to learn about coding? Join us for fun activities that teach beginner coding skills! For grades 3-5. no registration required. Ticketed program.

Wed, Aug 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166 (Large Meeting Room)
Get started with the basics of computing! This month, we will explore the basics of Microsoft Word for typing letters, resumes, and more.

Thu, Aug 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - S218 - Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Technology Lab
En este taller, te enseñaremos a adaptarte aeste cambio y a crear un currículum efectivo que destaque tus habilidades yexperiencia de manera profesional.

Sat, Aug 17, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 108 (Small Meeting Room)
Calling all Makers! Educator Minhaj Farrukh will explore how wind energy is used for various applications, and all participants will make their own small, wind-powered turbine to take home.
Registration opens Saturday, July 20 2024 at 9:00am

Sat, Aug 17, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Santori Library - N119 - Makerspace
The Makerspace is open to the public for a special hour of exploration. Drop in to see the variety of available machines and tools and plan your future projects.

Sat, Aug 17, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 108 (Small Meeting Room)
Want to code but don't know where to start? Coding wizard Claire Nang is here to help! With a beginner-friendly coding language, you can do anything! Ages 7-12.**

Tue, Aug 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166 (Large Meeting Room)
Learn about 3D printing and how to find premade designs or make your own creations in Tinkercad! We'll also explore design concepts like infill and supports, and you'll take home your own Kit Card.
Registration opens Tuesday, July 23 2024 at 9:00am

Wed, Aug 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - N119 - Makerspace
Join us for a fun, new laser cutting project- custom earrings made out of either acrylic or wood! All materials will be provided.
Registration opens Wednesday, July 24 2024 at 9:00am

Thu, Aug 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - S218 - Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Technology Lab
Este taller te proporcionará las herramientas necesarias para enfrentar entrevistas de manera efectiva, ya sea en entornos virtuales o presenciales.

Sat, Aug 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 108 (Small Meeting Room)
Learn how to use the free, browser-based design tool Tinkercad to create fun and personalized 3D models that you can print in the Makerspace! No 3D printing experience is required to attend.
Registration opens Saturday, July 27 2024 at 9:00am

Mon, Aug 26, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - S218 - Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Technology Lab
Computación Intermedia es el siguiente paso en su viaje hacia la alfabetización digital. Este mes, descubriremos cómo crear presentaciones personalizadas usando Microsoft PowerPoint.

Tue, Aug 27, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - N119 - Makerspace
Learn how to edit and prepare a picture in CorelDraw to be engraved on to clear acrylic. Bring your own image or choose a stock image from our collection.
Registration opens Tuesday, July 30 2024 at 9:00am

Wed, Aug 28, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - N119 - Makerspace
Love cosplay? Interested in making your own costume pieces? Come meet the Makerspace machines that can help you create your own cosplay, including 3D printers and laser cutters!
Registration opens Wednesday, July 31 2024 at 9:00am

Tue, Sep 03, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - N119 - Makerspace
Need to print big posters for events or parties? Come learn about how to utilize our plotter printer, including the difference between a raster and a vector image and how to prepare files for print.
Registration opens Tuesday, August 6 2024 at 9:00am

Wed, Sep 04, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
West Branch - Meeting Room
Get started with the basics of computing—the beginning of your digital literacy journey! If you don't know how to use a computer, we are ready to help you get started.

Sat, Sep 07, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Santori Library - N119 - Makerspace
Learn how to use the open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape. We'll learn how to convert an image file into an SVG (scalable vector graphics) file that can be used in a variety of creative ways.
Registration opens Saturday, August 10 2024 at 9:00am

Sun, Sep 08, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 108 (Small Meeting Room)
Want to code but don't know where to start? Coding wizard Claire Nang is here to help! With a beginner-friendly coding language, you can do anything! Ages 7-12.**

Mon, Sep 09, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - S218 - Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Technology Lab
Get started with the basics of computing—the beginning of your digital literacy journey! If you don't know how to use a computer, we are ready to help you get started.

Tue, Sep 10, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - N224 - Dolan Family Teen Program Room
Come play a variety of virtual reality (VR) games and apps, including Fruit Ninja, Beat Saber, Gorilla Tag and more! No experience is necessary, and snacks will be provided. Grades 6 - 12.

Wed, Sep 11, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166 (Large Meeting Room)
Want to learn about coding? Join us for fun activities that teach beginner coding skills! For grades 3-5. no registration required. Ticketed program.

Wed, Sep 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166 (Large Meeting Room)
Get started with the basics of computing—the beginning of your digital literacy journey! If you don't know how to use a computer, we are ready to help you get started.

Thu, Sep 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - S218 - Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Technology Lab
Descubre cómo la tecnología puede facilitar tu búsqueda de empleo e identifica recursos comunitarios que te ayudarán en cada paso de tu búsqueda.

Sat, Sep 14, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 108 (Small Meeting Room)
Want to code but don't know where to start? Coding wizard Claire Nang is here to help! With a beginner-friendly coding language, you can do anything! Ages 7-12.**

Mon, Sep 16, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Santori Library - N224 - Dolan Family Teen Program Room
Come play a variety of virtual reality (VR) games and apps, including Fruit Ninja, Beat Saber, Gorilla Tag, and more! No experience is necessary, and snacks will be provided. Grades 6 - 12.

Mon, Sep 16, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - S218 - Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Technology Lab
Aquí aprenderá las habilidades básicas para usar el ratón y el teclado. También aprenderá lo básico del programa Microsoft Word. Registro requerido.

Tue, Sep 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - N119 - Makerspace
Learn about 3D printing and how to find premade designs or make your own creations in Tinkercad! We'll also explore design concepts like infill and supports, and you'll take home your own Kit Card.
Registration opens Tuesday, August 20 2024 at 9:00am

Tue, Sep 17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
Podcaster Richard Wallace will share tips and insight into starting your own podcast, including topics such as equipment, streaming platforms, and choosing topics to develop your own creative voice.
Registration opens Tuesday, August 20 2024 at 9:00am

Thu, Sep 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - S218 - Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Technology Lab
En este taller, te enseñaremos a adaptarte aeste cambio y a crear un currículum efectivo que destaque tus habilidades yexperiencia de manera profesional.

Sat, Sep 21, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 108 (Small Meeting Room)
Learn how to use the open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape. We'll learn how to convert an image file into an SVG (scalable vector graphics) file that can be used in a variety of creative ways.
Registration opens Saturday, August 24 2024 at 9:00am