Hack LAB

Located at the library's Lakeshore Branch, the Hack LAB gives you access to 3D printing, vinyl cutting, lasering and more.  Curious about why the library is getting into hacking?

 

What Flashes and is so Much Fun to Make.....Blinky Badges
Soldering Blinky Badges

They did it, soldering, laser cutting and wiring all in under an hour at the ideaLAB! Roek and Emma tried soldering for the very first time! They were both eager to learn and gain a hands-on understanding of how the soldering process works. They also used the laser cutter which etched their names onto their badges. Wires were added and connected to batteries which made their badges blink and come to life. Make your own, book your spot NOW, runs til the end of September.

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Calling all Crafty Folks!
Alan with tools

We have the tools that will WOW you! Custom quilting glasses and quilting templates, Oh my!  We now have transparent red acrylic to make the special glasses used for laying out fabric pieces for quilting. If you or anyone you know quilt, come make a pair! This is just one of many opportunities to get in the ideaLAB makerspace and find out what it is all about. Let's get Crafty!

 

Putting the LAB in Collaboration

The best part of working at IPL and the ideaLAB is that we, the staff, get to learn about new technology and equipment. Even better, though, is that we get to use that equipment for great library projects! Don't forget that you can use all these tools too! We've got a great team of knowledgeable staff who are ready to help make your project ideas into reality!

Today Melissa was making a pile of stickers using the vinyl cutter. These colourful bits of happiness will be used to decorate...

Making Things to Make Other Things
Looms and Stencils

Sometimes here at the IdeaLAB we spend a lot of time making a thing which is not itself the end result. Instead, the item is just step one in the long making-a-neat-thing process.

As an example, we recently assembled a collection of tiny looms for some spool knitting, as well as a set of stencils for a DIY screen printing process. Both of these items were a lot of fun to design and make, but the real treat will be when they are used for their intended purpose.

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Solder It! - Make a Blinky Badge
Soldering a blinky badge

Create a blinky badge using a laser cutter, blinky light, and soldering iron! Cost is $2; ages 7 and up. Parental consent form will be required to participate. September Drop-In, half hour slots for two people at a time, subject to availability.

 

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Lakeshore

967 Innisfil Beach Road
Innisfil, ON L9S 1V3

Churchill

2282 4th Line
Innisfil, ON, L0L 1K0

Cookstown

20 Church Street
Cookstown, ON L0L 1L0

Stroud

7883 Yonge Street
Innisfil, ON L9S 1K8