Makerspace

The Makerspace is a do-it-yourself studio, where you can create designs and use the equipment to complete your projects. Library staff are available for limited trouble-shooting help. Please check the equipment information for details. If you have questions about using the equipment, please give us a call at 905.639.3611 extension 1302.

Please pre-book a timeslot to use the equipment so that you have dedicated time to complete your project. Walk-in projects are available on a first-come, first-served basis if the equipment is available.

Makerspace Hours

  • Mon, Fri, Sat: 10am-4.30pm; Sat closed 1-2pm
  • Tue, Wed, Thu: 10am-6.30pm
  • Sun: Closed

Design Responsibly

Whether you are designing from scratch or using a ready-to-make pattern for your maker project, please be aware that the content must not be:

  • Prohibited by provincial or federal law.
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or threaten the well-being of others.
  • In violation of another's intellectual property rights; for example, the 3D printer and scanner may not be used to reproduce materials subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.
Production Information
  • Designs must meet the production requirements outlined in the sections below.
  • Laser cutter materials: Customers may buy project materials at the library or supply their own from the approved list - see Related links
  • Vinyl cutter/printer, 3D Printer, embroidery machine materials: Must be purchased from BPL. Customers cannot supply their own vinyl, filament, thread, etc.
  • Materials sold at the library are only for use within BPL's makerspace.

Equipment

Hardware: Epilog Mini Helix 24 - 40w CO2 laser

All designs are sent to the laser cutter using Corel Draw. Please make sure your design is in one of the following file formats:

  • For projects requiring cutting: .PDF, .CDR, .AI, .DXF, .SVG
  • For engraving-only projects: .PDF, .PNG, .JPG

Project Size:

  • Cutting bed size: 12" x 24"
  • Cutting thickness: 1/4" maximum

Production Cost: $5/every 30 minutes of laser cutting time

Materials Cost (includes tax):

1/8” Birch Plywood (1' x 2') = $7.75 (limited quantities available)
4mm Birch Plywood (1' x 2') = $6.30 (limited quantities available)
3mm Acrylic: Clear (1' x 2') = $12.30
3mm Acrylic: Black (1' x 2') = $13.05
3mm Acrylic: White (1' x 2') = $11.85
3mm Acrylic: Yellow, Blue, Red, Green (1' x 2') = $14.55
Low Odour Laser Rubber (8.5" x 12") = $26.25

Hardware: Roland BN-20 Vinyl Printer and Roland GS-24 Vinyl Cutter

All designs are sent to the laser cutter using Corel Draw. Please make sure your design is in one of the following file formats:

  • PDF, .CDR, .AI, .SVG

Project Size:

  • Vinyl printer 18" width maximum
  • Vinyl cutter: 22" width maximum

Materials Cost (includes tax):
Cutting Only: Black, White, Blue, Copper = $2/foot (length)
Printing & Cutting:

  • Standard Vinyl (Clear, Matte or Glossy) = $4.25/foot (length)
  • Premium Vinyl (Heat Transfer) = $11.65/foot (length)

Hardware: MakerBot Replicator Z18

Please make sure your design is in one of the following file formats: .STL, .OBJ

Project Size:

  • 11.8" length x 12" wide maximum
  • Must be able to print in 7 hour maximum

Production Cost: $2.50 per 30 minutes of print time
Materials: We cannot accommodate requests for specific filament colours.

Hardware: HP Designjet T1300

All designs are sent to the printer via USB key. Please ensure your finished design is saved as a PDF.

Project Size: 42” width maximum

Materials Cost (includes tax):

  • Gloss or Satin Photo Paper = $13.55

Hardware: Janome Memory Craft 500E
Software: Janome Digitizer V5

Embroidery Size: 7.9” x 11” maximum
Production Cost: $2/every 5,000 stitches (or part thereof)
Acceptable fabric for embroidery machine projects:

  • Natural Fibres (Cotton, Linen, Wool)
  • Fine Fabrics (Silk, Satin, Taffeta, Velvet)
  • Knit Fabrics
  • Synthetic Fabrics (Blends, Rayon, Polyester)
  • Denim
  • Upholstery

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