Return

Eureka Lab Equipment Information

Please take a look at all that RHPL Eureka Lab has to offer our patrons below!

  • Eureka Lab Equipment

    The Eureka Lab contains the following equipment:

    • Button Maker ($0.15 per button + cost of any printing)
    • Die-Cut Machine
    • Lulzbot Mini - 3D Printer (Supply your own materials/Material available for purchase)
    • Lulzbot Taz 6 - 3D Printer (Supply your own materials/Material available for purchase)
    • Lulzbot Taz 6 - 3D Printer (Supply your own materials/Material available for purchase)
    • EinScan SE - 3D Scanner
    • Makey Makey
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Silhouette Cameo 3 Vinyl Cutter (Supply your own materials/Material available for purchase)
    • Silhouette Portrait Vinyl Cutter (Supply your own materials/Material available for purchase)
    • VHS to DVD converter (Please bring a blank DVD per VHS)
    • Glowforge Laser Cutter (Please supply your own materials/No material available)
    • Cricut Explore Air 2 (Supply your own materials/Material available for purchase)
    • Brothers Sewing and Embroidery machine SE400 (Please supply own materials)
    • Serger Sewing Machine (Please supply own materials)
    • Heat Press
    •  

  • 3D Scanning & Printing

    The Eureka Lab provides 3D printing services! If you have an item you would like to be 3D printed, please provide us with your 3D model files, and some information about what you’re printing. Your print will be added a queue, and we will contact you to pick it up when it is done! For all information about our 3D printing services, click here!

    Click here to send us your 3D Model for printing.

    Or, just bring us your 3D model on a USB drive (or other data storage device) during Lab Hours.

    Please click here to review the 3D Printing Policy before you send your model.

    All prints typically cost $.20 cents per gram. Users will also incur a fee of $.50 cents per hour beginning at 4 hours. This may change according to material type. Once your print has completed, it will be weighed to determine the total cost.

    What is 3D Printing?

    3D printing is the process of creating a physical object from a digital model. It is also known as additive manufacturing because the physical model is built one layer at a time from the bottom up. 3D printing provides an opportunity for everyone to take an idea from their imagination, design it, and create a physical model. RHPL is actively building a community environment that nurtures creativity while stimulating and supporting learning and innovation.

    Click here to learn more about 3D Printing technology!

    3D Scanning - EinScan SE

    Our 3D scanner can be used to scan and recreate models of real-world objects. The scanner takes multiple snapshots of the object and fuses them together into a 3D model which can then be reprinted using one of our 3D printers.

    What types of 3D printers are available?

    The LulzBot Taz 6 and the Lulzbot Mini are available at RHPL.

    LulzBot Taz 6

    Filament options: Materials that can be used include: PLA, HIPS, PVA, wood filled filaments, Polyester (Tritan), PETT, bronze, copper, stainless steel-filled filaments, Polycarbonate, Nylon, PETG, conductive PLA and ABS, UV luminescent filaments, PCTPE, PC-ABS, Alloy 910, and more.  (Users who require filament besides PLA will have to provide their own material, and must be approved by library staff). Library staff reserves the right to determine whether or not a print can be completed with the requested material.

    LulzBot Taz 6 can create a two color object

    One example of a two color object that we have successfully printed: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:62536

    Maximum print size (inches): 11 in x 11 in x 9.8

    LulzBot Mini:

    ABS, PLA, HIPS, PVA, wood filled filaments, Polyester (Tritan), PETT, bronze and copper filled filaments, Polycarbonate, Nylon, PETG, conductive PLA and ABS, UV luminescent filaments, PCTPE, PC-ABS, Alloy 910.  (Users who require filament besides PLA will have to provide their own material, and must be approved by library staff). Library staff reserves the right to determine whether or not a print can be completed with the requested material.

    Maximum print size (inches): 6 in x 6 in x 6.2

    LulzBot Mini can print one color per print

    What software is available to create 3D models?

    We recommend the free, browser-based program called Tinkercad for beginners. Other free programs are Blender and Sketchup. Designs can also be downloaded from Thingiverse, a design community for sharing 3D printable objects.

    Whenever we’re open, we’re happy to show you our 3D printers, and answer any questions you have about this fascinating technology!

  • Sewing and Fiber Arts

    Brothers Sewing Machine SE400

    • 67 built-in sewing stitches, including utility, quilting, heirloom and decorative stitches. 70 built-in embroidery designs, 5 embroidery fonts and 120 frame pattern combinations
    • Large 4" x 4" embroidery area Easy-to-view back-lit, touch screen LCD display Design editing features including rotate, mirror-images, increase and decrease the size of your designs
    • Computer connectivity for importing designs and updating your machine(USB cable included)
    • Easy threading, with automatic needle threader
    • Super easy bobbin winding system
    • Quick-Set drop-in top bobbin
    • Built-in tutorials on how to use the SE400's sewing and embroidery functions, right on the LCD touch screen display.
    • iBroidery.com compatible: Choose from thousands of licensed and limited edition, downloadable designs, available for purchase on ibroidery.com

    Sewing Serger

    A machine that not only trips the seam but also encloses the seam allowance on the edge of the fabric all in one step. Some of the variables available on a serger are the width and density of the stiching.

    Heat Press

  • Creative Kits

    Want to use the Eureka Lab, but don’t have a project in mind? Check out one of our Creative kits! These kits cover everything from wood burning and needle felting to podcasting and clay animation. Learn about a new hobby or skill without leaving the library. Pick up one of our kits and tinker around the library and bring it back when you are ready for a new one.

    Want to create at home? Check out our subscriptions to CreativeBug and Library of Michigan Database for more information on hobbies you can do at home.

    Available Kits

    • Art Lab
    • Sketch Box
    • Crocheting/Knitting
    • Cardmaking
    • Leather Working
    • Origami
    • Makey Makey
    • Inventories Kits
    • Makedo
    • Straw Construction Kit
    • Wood Chisel Set
    • Animation Studio
    • Embossing Kit
    • Wood Burning Kit
    • Jewelry Making Kit
    • Pod Casting
    • Needle Felting
    • Calligraphy Kit
    • Dremel Hand Rotary Tool
  • Robotic, Electronic & Programming Kits

    ELEGOOInventions Kits

    These kits can be used to teach patrons ages 10+ to learn electronics and programming. These DIY kits are compatible with Arduino technology and can be used to create a multitude of electronics projects including, but are not limited to; digital devices, interactive objects that can sense and control objects like robots.

    Cubelets

    These smart building blocks can be used for young inventors to create and recreate numerous robot constructions using the magnetic blocks. This educational toy introduces kids to STEM concepts through play and imagination.

    Little Bits

    These electronic building blocks allow young inventors to invent anything from remote controlled cars to smart home devices. Because the Bits snap together with magnets, there is no soldering or wiring needed and young inventors can let their imaginations run wild as they explore all of the options.

    Raspberry Pi

    Makey Makey

  • Smart Cutting Machines and Accessories

    We have 3 Vinyl Cutters available. A Silhouette Cameo 3, a Silhouette Portait, and a Cricut Explore Air 2.
    Click here for more information on Silhouette!
    Click here for more information on Cricut!

    Materials

    All of the available vinyl cutters can cut Vinyl, Heat Transfer Vinyl, leather, fabric, paper, copy paper, card stock, adhesive paper, foil, craft foam, sticker sheets, vellum and much more.

    Cost of Materials Craft Vinyl with the Silhouette or Cricut

    • Transfer Tape: $1.00 per 1 12x12 sheet or 144 square inches
    • Heat transfer vinyl: $2 for use of one sheet up to 72 square inches; $4 for use up to 144 square inches. Additional sheets/colors will incur additional charges.
    • Adhesive vinyl: $0.75 for use of one sheet up to 72 square inches; $1.25 for use up to 144 square inches. Additional sheets/colors will incur additional charges.
    • Patrons may bring their own material. There is no charge just to use the machine.

    Foil Quill

    A Foil Quill is a heat activated pen that works in combination with heat activated foil to create striking, original designs. Patrons can use it in collaboration with our Cricut Explore Air 2 or Silhouette Cameo 3 machines or they can create original designs using our free style pen. The foil can be adhered to paper, leather, vinyl and wood etc.

    Cost of Materials for Foil Quill for Silhouette Cameo 3 and Cricut Explore Air 2 or Freestyle Pen

    • $1.00 per 1 12x12 sheet or 144 square inches
    • $0.25 per 4x6 sheet of foil or 24 square inches
    • Additional sheets/colors will incur additional charges.
    • Patrons may bring in their own foil and use the quills at no additional charge

    Sketching Pen

    Embossing Pen

    Etching Stylus

    Metal Etching Stylus

    Button Maker

    Die Cutter

  • Laser Engraving & Cutting

    You can make an endless variety of useful, beautiful, and practical things from a bunch of different materials like wood, leather, felt, fabric, acrylic, paper, and more with the Glowforge. To schedule an appointment or learn more contact our digital librarian: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    What material can the Glowforge cut/engrave?

    Glowforge can cut wood, fabric, leather, paper, Plexiglas (acrylic), Delrin (acetal), mylar, rubber, fiberglass, Corian, foods, and more. Glowforge can also engrave all of the above plus glass, coated metal, marble, anodized aluminum, titanium, some phones, tablets, and laptops, and more.

    What is the thickest material Glowforge can cut?

    Glowforge performs well with many materials 1/4" and less on a single pass. It can accommodate material as thick as 1/2", but may require multiple passes or flipping the material over. For engraving, you can remove the tray and insert objects as thick as 2”. It can then engrave the surface up to 0.5”, depending on the material.

    Materials

    Patrons must bring in their own materials to use in the Glowforge. The library does not provide any laser safe material.

    Materials that can be used in the Glowforge can include: Glowforge can cut hardwood, acrylic, plywood, leather, fabric, paper, Plexiglas (acrylic), Delrin (acetal), mylar, rubber, fiberglass, Corian, foods, and more. Glowforge can also engrave all of the above plus glass, coated metal, marble, anodized aluminum, titanium, some phones, tablets, and laptops, and more. Library staff must approve the material before it is used in the laser engraver.

    For more information click here: https://glowforge.com/faq

  • Laminator

    This machine melts a type of glue onto the paper or card inserted into the machine which stiffens and protects the materials. The primary purpose of laminating with such a machine is to embellish or protect printed documents or images.

    Cost of Materials

    • $0.25 per laminator sheet
    • Patrons may bring in their own laminator sheets to use at no additional charge
  • Hand Tools

    Soldering Iron

    A soldering iron is a hand tool used to heat solder and join two metal pieces. Using an electrical supply at temperatures high above the melting point, the soldering iron uses the flow of solder between the two workpieces to bond them together. Patrons must complete training before using the soldering irons. Soldering material will be provided for you at no cost, if available.

    Dremel Rotary tool

    Wood Burning Iron

    Chisel Set

  • Slide & VHS Converter

    Film and Slide Converter

    This device converts 35mm, 126, 110, Super 8 & 8mm film negatives and slides to JPEG files. Patrons must bring in their own jump drive or memory stick. If you do not have a memory stick, one can be purchased at the front desk for $5.

    VHS to DVD Converter

    There is a VHS to DVD Converter available to convert your home videos to memories that will last a lifetime. Patrons must bring in their own materials to use with the VHS to DVD converter. The library does not currently provide recordable DVDs.

  • Materials & Costs

    3D PRINTER FILAMENTS

    PLA – A versatile, durable plastic. Made from plant starches. The most popular material for 3D printing.
    Available In: Black, White, Grey, Red, Orange, Yellow, Gold, Light Green, Dark Green, Turquoise, Transluscent Blue, Purple, Pink, and others.

    The library can provide PLA to you, if you do not have any materials. We allow printing with other materials incuding: wood filled filaments, Polyester (Tritan), PETT, bronze, copper, stainless steel-filed filaments, Polycarbonate, Nylon, PETG, conductive PLA and ABS, UV luminescent filaments, PCTPE, Pc-ABS, and Alloy 910.

    These other materials may be approved upon request and the customer must supply the materials. Please remember you will be charged by weight per gram.

    For more information on 3D Printer filament types:  Click here for a helpful article comparing all currently marketed filament varieties

    Material Costs

    There is no additional cost to use Eureka Lab materials and equipment during an official library sponsored program. Patrons using the Eureka Lab on their own will incur the following nominal charges:

    3D Printing

    • Printed items are based upon finished weight.
    • $0.20/gram, plus $0.50 per hour of print time beginning at four hours.
    • Every effort will be made to verify print and pricing within two business days of submittal. Payment for materials must be received before the item is printed.
    • Maximum print size is 280 mm x 280 mm x 250 mm (11.02 inches x 11.02 inches x 9.8 inches).

    Craft Vinyl with the Silhouette or Cricut

    • Transfer Tape: $1.00 per 1 12x12 sheet or 144 square inches
    • Heat transfer vinyl: $2 for use of one sheet up to 72 square inches; $4 for use up to 144 square inches. Additional sheets/colors will incur additional charges.
    • Adhesive vinyl: $0.75 for use of one sheet up to 72 square inches; $1.25 for use up to 144 square inches. Additional sheets/colors will incur additional charges.

    Payment for materials must be received before use. Library staff will work with the patron to provide an accurate estimate of costs before payment.

    Foil Quill for Silhouette Cameo 3 and Cricut Explore Air 2 or Freestyle Pen

    • $1.00 per 1 12x12 sheet or 144 square inches
    • $0.25 per 4x6 sheet of foil or 24 square inches
    • Additional sheets/colors will incur additional charges.
    • Patrons may bring in their own foil and use the quills at no additional charge

    Laminator

    • $0.25 per laminator sheet
    • Patrons may bring in their own laminator sheets to use at no additional charge

    Glowforge

    Patrons must bring in their own materials to use in the Glowforge. The library does not provide any laser safe material.

    Materials that can be used in the Glowforge can include: Glowforge can cut hardwood, acrylic, plywood, leather, fabric, paper, Plexiglas (acrylic), Delrin (acetal), mylar, rubber, fiberglass, Corian, foods, and more. Glowforge can also engrave all of the above plus glass, coated metal, marble, anodized aluminum, titanium, some phones, tablets, and laptops, and more. Library staff must approve the material before it is used in the laser engraver.

    Button Maker

    $0.15 per button set (mylar, shell, and pin back).

    Printing costs are extra, at the current library rate.

    Payment must be received before use.

    VHS to DVD Converter

    Patrons must bring in their own materials to use with the VHS to DVD converter. The library does not currently provide recordable DVDs.

  • Hardware & Software

    We have 2 high definition monitors, with high processing computers available for public use. We also have several high processing laptops available when these computers are in use.

    Hardware

    Wacom Bluetooth Drawing Tablet - The Wacom Intuos Bluetooth drawing tablet is designed for those who want to learn to draw, paint or photo edit on their Mac or PC. This easy to use tablet allows your imagination to run wild and your drawings come to life.

    Software

    The following software is available:

    Video Editing Software

    Photo Editing Software

    3D Object Editing Software

    Adobe Suite Access