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Makerspace

inside the makerspace

Current Classes
For participants
Equipment List

Special Events:

Makers' Ball - Join us for MPL's first Repurposed Fashion Show and Contest!

What is a Makerspace?

A Makerspace is simply a place people can go to get the training, tools, and camaraderie to start turning their ideas into physical things. The Missoula Public Library MakerSpace will provide 6 stations for users to learn about a variety of tools and techniques. For a short video explaining the basics, please click here to access a KPAX news clip!

Our four initial areas of study and creativity are electronics on the Arduino and Raspberry Pi platforms, 3D scanning and printing, sewing, and scrapbooking.

For students:

Classes are free.They are advertised in our monthly newsletter and most will fill up quickly.

They are taught by an instructor familiar with the topic of the class, but not necessarily with all other equipment in the MakerSpace.Some classes require simply that you bring yourself to the class while other classes ask that you obtain a kit yourself and we will get you started working with the first few projects.Then you can then take that kit home and continue your learning. Information on what is necessary for class will be posted in the class advertisement.

For teachers:

We are asking people with various MakerSpace-type skills to volunteer as instructors in this MakerSpace.

The Missoula Public Library currently has well over 100 volunteers who offer their expertise in a wide variety of areas.We are hoping local makers will be able to lend their skills to this project to help us grow the local maker community.We can offer you access to some cool tools and small classes filled with enthusiastic learners.We can also provide you with a free library card. But, of course, all library cards are free!

What do we have in the MPL MakerSpace?

  • A Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer
  • A Next Engine Desktop 3D scanner
  • A Bernina model 1008 sewing machine
  • A Cricut Expression 2 craft cutter
  • A Silhouette Cameo craft cutter
  • A digital oscilloscope
  • A USB oscilloscope
  • Two function generators
  • Two power supplies
  • Two variable temperature soldering irons
  • A variety of hand tools such as those found in home toolboxes (pliers, screwdrivers, etc.)
  • An adjacent room houses 6 computers with a projector which can be used for lessons
  • An Eggbot

We also have 6 work stations each with the following equipment:

  • A Sparkfun Inventor's kit
  • A Sparkfun Deluxe Toolkit
  • Dell dual-boot notebook to Linux and Windows
  • Adafruit Raspberry Pi starter pack

Current Classes:

Call 721-2665 for more information and to register.

How to setup a website on Wordpress

Have you wanted to setup a website at Wordpress?  Now is your chance to learn the techniques to get that done easily and efficiently.  This class is presented by Nora McDougall-Collins, a long time local web developer.  This class will meet on three consecutive Tuesdays starting on Tuesday, June 3.  Each class will focus on a specific topic, the first being planning your site, followed by using the Wordpress dashboard, and finishing with adding content to your site.  Get registered and join us for another great class from Nora.

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Introduction to Arduino

Interested in making stuff? Thinking about adding computer control to a project? In this three week course we'll learn the basics of controlling simple devices with a computer. That computer will be an Arduino and the simple devices will be LEDs, push-buttons, knobs, motors, buzzers, and more. We'll cover the basics of programming using the Arduino programming language as well a circuit assembly techniques.

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Learn to use the Raspberry Pi microprocessor

This class will take place over three sessions all on Mondays 3:30 to 5:00.  It will cover the first dozen (or so) Raspberry Pi lessons at learn.adafruit.com. It will meet on Mondays April 14, 21, and 28.  

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Mikrotik User's Group (MUG)

Mikrotik is a low-cost feature-rich router brand headquartered in Riga, Latvia.  It is a powerful platform for performing a wide variety of router functions and a great platform for learning about general networking concepts.  Join us in the MPL Makerspace to learn more about this platform and meet others interested in it.

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Linux Users Group

Missoula Linux User Group (MLUG)
Linux (aka GNU/Linux) is an open-source operating system (OS) that has been contributed by countless programmers for the world-wide community, and is therefore free to use, modify, and redistribute. Linux has dominated server, mainframe, and supercomputing markets, and is also popular on the desktop and mobile applications (e.g. Android). We meet monthly to discuss linux-related topics and news.

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Raspberry Pi Projects

This is the time to come in and learn what the Raspberry Pi microcontroller/electronics platform is all about.  Work through some introductory projects on your own or join in the projects Jaylene Naylor of the UM Physics dept and Jim Semmelroth of the public library are working on.

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Arduino Projects

The Arduino Uno is a very popular microcontroller/electronics platform.  Come in and see how it works.  You can work through some introductory projects to see what it can do or get started working on your own project using the full resources of the Missoula Public Library Makerspace.  The class is free and open to the public.

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Open Time / Project Development

Open time to allow visitors to explore the resources of the MakerSpace, learn how to use some of the equipment, or work on a specific project.  Instructor: Jim.  No registration necessary.

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Android Development Workshop

Come in and join a group learning to build apps for the Android platform.  We will be using the Eclipse IDE and we have people in the group who are new to the environment as well as some quite skilled with it.  We have access to a small classroom of PCs with the IDE installed on them as well as the whole MPL makerspace when more space is needed.  We will be meeting every other Friday afternoon through March and April and then decide how the group would like to meet after that.  Like most everything else at the library, it's free.  

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