Our MakerLab is a space where people can connect and create; it's a place for peer learning and knowledge sharing.
3D Certification Classes
MakerLab Gets A Facelift
Thanks to a generous grant from the New Canaan Community Foundation, the MakerLab has new furniture, offering a more attractive and efficient space to create.
3D Printing Services
What is a 3D printer?
A 3D printer uses melted plastic to produce objects designed on a computer. Learn more about 3D printing.
What model 3D printer does the Library offer?
Thanks to an anonymous private donation, the Library has a Makerbot Replicator 2X and a MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation available to the public. The Replicator 2X has dual extruders which makes it capable to print in two colors. The 2X is optimized for working with ABS filament. The 5th Gen has a single extractor prints, uses PLA filament and has a larger build plate. The 5 Gen also requires less setup and configuration.
How do I get to use the 3D printer?
At this time the Library has two 3D printers. Anyone wishing to use the printer must first attend a 3D certification class and submit a signed liability form. Classes run 30-45 minutes and provide a basic introduction in setting up the printer and getting started with 3D printing. Please check the column to the left to see when classes are being offered and register online. Classes are free, but limited to 12 people.
After completing the training class, you may schedule a 2-hour session to use the printer. Please call the Infomation Desk @ 203-594-5003 to schedule time. Please try to book at least 48 hours in advance. Please be sure to read our 3D policy below and download, sign and return our liability form.
We are looking for volunteers who are interested in donating their time and talent by helping train new users on the 3D printer. If you are interested, please email Cheryl Capitani , Teen Services Librarian, or call 203-594-5022. Students are welcomed!
MakerBot Replicator 2X
Check out this YouTube video showing the features of the MakerBot Replicator 2X.
3D Printing in the News
Hardware | Software
Our MakerSpace is currently equipment with the following hardware and software:
(2) 23" Touchscreen All-in-One PCs
with windows 8.1
(1) MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D Printer
ABS Filament Colors: Blue, Red, Black, Orange, Yellow, Green, Glow in the Dark
(1) MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation
PLA Filament Colors: Black, White, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Purple, Warm Grey, Cool Grey
Video Dubbing Station
We have two VHS dubbing stations where you can convert your old VHS tapes to CD format. You can schedule time to use the dubbing station by contacting the Information Desk at 203-594-5010.