Where creativity and curiosity merge into a space that uses innovative tools and technologies for educational, recreational, and business pursuits. As an extension of the library, the MakerSpace encourages self-directed, hands-on learning by doing.

 

Read 3D printing and scanning policy

Important notice about operational hours:

Starting June 1st, the MPL MakerSpace will be moving to an appointment-based service model. Open Hours will still continue, albeit in a reduced capacity. You can read about the difference between Appointment Hours and Open Hours below.

 

Hours and availability may be subject to change without notice. Unfortunately, classes will be suspended until futher notice. Watch this space for new info and announcements. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve your MakerSpace.

 

Questions/comments/concerns, contact us:

Makerspace appointment hours

Appointment Hours allow Makers uninterrupted access for their projects, and enable staff to provide guided orientations.

 

What users can expect during Appointment Hours:

  • 2-hour blocks of time for free use of the MakerSpace by established Makers.
  • One-on-one orientation appointments for new Makers to establish skill and operational knowledge of the available machines.
  • Advice and troubleshooting from MakerSpace staff, as well as access to online resources.
NOTE: Orientation and signed agreement will be required before a user can begin booking appointments. Staff may waive at their discretion orientations for established or experienced Makers.

Makerspace Open Hours

Open Hours allow library users free-form exploration of the equipment and resources of the Makerspace.

 

What users can expect during Open Hours:

  • Basic introduction to a machine, as long as the machine is not currently in use by another user.
  • Resources such as laptops and internet are available.
  • Staff may provide advice, or recommend online resources, but cannot work on your project for you.
  • As a self-directed learning space, guided activities will be available to users during Open Hours to encourage hands-on exploration.
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Booking an appointment

All bookings must currently be made through contacting MakerSpace staff:

To view current and available appointments, visit the schedule online here: MakerSpace Appointments

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Boomerand: Choose to Reuse

Boomerang Bags @ MPL

MPL has joined the world-wide Boomerang Bags community! Boomerang Bags began in Australia and aims to tackle plastic waste at its source by engaging communities in the development of an alternative to single use plastic bags – community made, reusable bags from pre-loved, recycled, or reclaimed materials.

 

How it works: Pick up one of our take-and-make kits to sew a reusable cloth bag. Make your bag and keep it, give it away, or return it to the MPL MakerSpace to be donated to the Missoula Food Bank and Community Center.

 

Coming soon – Check out our community page (Boomerang Bags @ Missoula Public Library) among hundreds of other groups across the world at
https://boomerangbags.org/bb-communities/.

Popular tools we offer:

Laser Engraver/Cutting Machine
-Thunder Laser USA Nova 24 60-watt laser cutter/engraver

 

3D Printers
-Prusa i3 MK3s+
-Prusa i3 MK2s
-Prusa Mini+
-FLSUN-QQS Pro
-Creality CR-10s

 

3D Scanning
-Einscan-SP Desktop 3D Scanner
-Structure Sensor 3D scanner attachment for iPad Pro, which uses the 3D scanning program Skanect

-Agisoft Metashape Standard software (for photogrammetry projects)

 

CNC Router for  Wood/Plastics Carving
-Inventables Carvey Desktop CNC Machine

Die Cut Cutting Machines
Cricut Maker

 

Sewing Machine
-Bernina 1008 sewing machine
-Brother SE600 combo sewing/embroidery machine

 

Tools/Hand Tools
-Dremel 4000 rotary tool
-Duracraft 3-speed Drill Press
-Black and Decker cordless drill set
-Soldering Iron stations with soldering supply kits
-Various screwdrivers (Phillips, Flat, Torx, Hex)

 

Computing/Electronics
Sparkfun Arduino Inventor’s Kits
Sparkfun Raspberry Pi 3 Kits
-Dell Laptops with Windows 10 and software including Fusion 360 for Personal Use (CAD program for 3D printing/prototyping), Inkscape (free vector graphics software), GIMP (free image editing software) and more
-Dell desktop computer system with Adobe Creative Cloud Suite installed, along with Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, and Affinity Publisher software, as well as Autodesk Software including Autodesk Revit and Autodesk AutoCAD

 
Arts
-Various art supplies
-Jewelry making supplies

 

STEM Tools/Toys for Children
littleBits Kits: littleBits Premium Kit and littleBits Synth kit
-Ozobot Bit robot kit
-Makeblock Mbot Robot Educational Kit
-Edison Programmable Robots
-Cubelets six robot blocks kit
-Squishy Circuits: Basic Kit
-Electronic Snap Circuits Classic SC-300 Electronics Exploration Kit
-Electronic Snap Circuits 3D Illumination Kit
-Let’s Start Coding.com Kits: Base Kit and Code Piano Kit
-Makey Makey Kits
-Lego Mindstorms EV3: Robot Building Kit
-Thames Kosmos: Robotics Smart Machines Kit
-Smart Lab: Smart Circuits Kit

Laser Cutter Tutorial

Join MPL’s Ira in the Makerspace to learn about MPL’s Laser Cutter/Engraver and get a taste of what you can use it to do.

Carvey Stamp Tutorial

Join MPL’s Ira in the Makerspace to learn to use the Carvey Machine to take computer graphics and bring them into the real world as stamp and carvings.

TinkerCAD Valentines

Kids can learn how to make a 3D printable valentine with the free online 3D modeling program TinkerCAD

TinkerCAD Trinkets Tutorial

Join MPL’s Ira in the Makerspace to learn to make virtual models and then bring them in to the real world with MPL 3D printing.

Printed Ornaments for Kids

Kids can learn how to make a 3D printable ornament with the free online 3D modeling program TinkerCAD during this pre-recorded class.

3D Printing and Scanning Policy

The Missoula Public Library MakerSpace, located in the Missoula Public Library, provides access to technology that includes free 3D scanning, as well as 3D printing for a minimal fee of 5 cents per gram of plastic.


These are staff mediated services and are available on a first come, first served basis.


The Missoula Public Library reserves the right to refuse scanning and/or production of any content at any time at the discretion of Library staff.

 

3D Printing and Scanning

Examples of specific content that will not be scanned or 3D printed includes, but is not limited to:

 


1. Content or objects that are illegal or harmful to minors
2. Content or objects that may be construed as having intent to harm. Such objects include weapons of any kind including guns and knives, or parts of those weapons such as gun stocks and knife handles.
3. Content or objects that may infringe upon the intellectual property rights of a third
party.
4. Objects that are perishable.

 

-By submitting content or objects, the customer agrees to assume all responsibility for,
and shall hold the Library harmless in, all matters related to patented, trademarked, or copyrighted materials. The Missoula Public Library is not responsible for any damage, loss, or security of data arising from the use of its computers or network, nor for the functionality or quality of content produced on the 3D printer.
-Refunds are not permitted.
-Customers will be notified via phone or email when their print job has been completed, and all files will be deleted from the system at that time. Projects which are not picked up within fourteen (14) calendar days following notification will not be retained.
-Customers will be notified via phone or email about their 3D scans when they have been completed, and all files will be deleted from the system at that time. Objects for scanning that are not picked up within fourteen (14) calendar days following notification will not be retained.

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