MakerSpace!

Have you seen the MakerSpace yet? Cool, you can use professional grade 3D printers, laser cutters, and 3D CAD workstations at the library!

  • Laser cutter – Epilog Helix
  • Laser cutter – Epilog mini – The laser cutters are great for engraving on a sheet of acrylic, or cutting a complex shape out of a sheet of plywood.
  • ProJet 1500 3D Printers are typically used to create hobby objects, replacements for broken items and can be used for rapid prototyping. This is a resin printer, and must be operated by library staff. It creates a model with relatively precise proportions, in one off-white color only. The materials for a project can easily set you back $100.
  • Makerbot 3D Printer – This is more of a hobby printer. It deposits melted PLA plastic to build up your model. Several colours of PLA are available, but the completed model has less precise proportions with rougher surfaces.
  • David SLS-1 3D scanners are used to create digital versions of real life objects. The scanner works by rapidly firing patterns of structured light, and sensing the reflected light.
  • Arduino micro-controllers are small yet powerful micro-controllers can be programmed to run anything from robots to household automated devices.
  • Camera Tripod
  • Le Mac Pro est une machine cylindrique, de qualité professionnelle, qui permet la manipulation et du montage de vidéo, d’audio et de graphique de…
  • 3D design PC
  • Orion Starblast 4.5 Reflector Telescope – it is a fully functioning telescope, designed with the beginning astronomer in mind.
  • Green Screen is a tool for creating a special effect. By filming actors in front of a green screen, editors can superimpose the background image of…
  • Home Studio Lighting Kit
  • SONY ALPHA DSLR
  • Sony Handycam
  • Sony SAL55200/2 DT 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Lens

Software (open source and commercial)

  • Blender is an artist-focused 3D design program. The software can be used to create 3D printed models, animated films, visual effects, visual art,…
  • Gimp is a 2D graphics and photo manipulation program. As a graphics editor it is used to create and edit images for art, icons and graphical…
  • Inkscape is a 2D model drawing application used for creating and editing scalable vector graphics (SVG). Use it to create professional vector art for…
  • Makerware is a product that allows users to prepare and modify 3D models for printing on OPL’s Makerbot Replicator 5th Generation 3D printers. It’s…
  • Meshlab is a 3D modelling and correction program used for processing and editing 3D triangular meshes. The software has the ability to import files…
  • Netfabb is 3D modelling correction software. It handles 3D data for 3D printing and has the ability to repair incomplete files in order to make them…
  • OpenSCAD is a program for creating solid 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) objects. OpenSCAD reads from instructions and creates a 3D model from it. It…
  • Serif Drawplus is a 2D graphics program. You can see your drawings in 3D with its instant 3D tool. The software is suitable for creating documents,…
  • Sketchup is an easy-to-use general purpose 3D design program. The software can be used in architecture, film video, game design, and civil and…
  • Adobe Creative Suite 6 is a high-end digital editing suite. It includes software for special effects, photo editing, website design, and graphic…
  • Adobe Premiere is a powerful digital editing suite most often used in video production. It allows users to edit video clips together, and to add…

 

https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/equipment

There is a charge for materials, but equipment bookings are free and the library staff are knowledgeable.

First, you need to enroll in a one hour familiarization (‘certification’) session. Then you can design a 3D model on the workstations. The staff will look at your model and estimate the material costs. Payment is expected before you can use the 3D printer. Printing can take hours, and you are expected to complete it before closing time.

There is a bookshelf of Maker type books.

Visit the Centrepointe branch and see it all for yourself.

Motors for Makers

Motors for Makers
A Guide to Steppers, Servos, and Other Electrical Machines
Scarpino, Matthew,
Book – 2016

For the hobbyist, Here is a great explanation of stepper motors, DC and AC motors. This is the clearest explanation I have seen of the variety of motor types, and how the electromagnetic forces within them make them work. Also, an intro to controlling motors, using Arduino and Beaglebone controllers. The software development uses Linux and Python.

You are assumed to know the basics of electronics. If you know what inductors and capacitors are, and maybe Ohms law, then you will understand this book. You probably should also know the basics of Linux.

Solar Electricity

Solar Electricity Handbook A Simple Practical Guide to Solar Energy : How to Design and Install Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems By Boxwell, Michael Book – 2015

If you are planning to put solar panels up, this is the most practical current advice I know of. The book is well written, and seems to tell you soup-to-nuts how to choose and size your components, whether you want to be off the grid, or tied to the grid and selling your (occasional) surplus power. The author is British, but the advice seems to be good for North America and Australia too.