Triana and Madison Libraries Offer Makerspace for High-Tech Crafts and More – The Madison Record

MADISON – Seven branches of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, including Madison which had equipment and Triana which recently received devices, have Makerspace Studio equipment for 3D printing and other processes.

Madison and Triana Libraries both offer on-demand 3D printing that a customer can order from their own computer. Individuals can visit the library’s blog at to determine the types of tools and machines available at a studio and the steps for 3D printing a design.

In addition to Triana, two other branches, Gurley and Monrovia, are now equipped with 3D printers and studio space to create fun projects, crafts and gadgets.

The library system has increased the technical capabilities of studios with on-demand 3D printing. In a few simple steps, customers can upload a design and wait for approval and printing; then the person will receive an alert when the project is available for pickup.

All additional guidelines, restrictions and instructions are available on the “3D Print on Demand” page at

The library blog says Makerspace Studios offers a variety of free tools, machines, and activities to anyone with a library card. A studio novice can use a 3D printer, which creates a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model; typically, this process successively deposits many thin layers of a material.

Another design tool is a cricut. A designer uses this electronic machine to cut with extreme precision and eliminates the need for scissors or an X-Acto knife. Additionally, pad printing involves the technology of transferring a two-dimensional image onto a three-dimensional part. (

“Whether you’re printing fun animal figures that bend and twist, carving that perfect design, or just looking for a new hobby, Makerspace Studios is here to help you create and explore,” according to

Madison Public Library tools include 3D Doodle pens, two 3D printers and a 3D scanner, Carvey CNC, Cricut Maker, sewing machines, iFixit kit, Little Bit kits, media conversion center, maker of Pin-Back buttons and a serger.

To prepare for 3D printing on demand, several steps will help in the procedure:

* Modeling – Design the project with 3D modeling or CAD software, such as Tinkercad or pre-designed files anyone can download from Thingiverse.

* Submission – Submit 3D project files to the library for printing using the online form. The project will be printed on a 3D printer at the library after review and approval. Library staff will notify the user when the work is complete.

* Guidelines — All 3D printing projects must follow library restrictions. For example, the library will accept a maximum of two print requests per month.

Makerspace studios are also in place at public libraries in Cavalry Hill, North Huntsville, Gurley, Monrovia and South Huntsville. Makerspace Studios offers scheduled appointments to ensure the necessary tool will be available.

For more information, visit and click on the topic for 3D printers.

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