TechCentral MakerSpace

Maker space engraving photoLouis Stokes Wing
Lower Level
525 Superior Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
216.623.2980
techcentral@cpl.org

About the TechCentral MakerSpace

The TechCentral MakerSpace is a creative and collaborative design and fabrication space that allows you to turn your ideas into reality. The MakerSpace is available to all Cleveland Public Library and CLEVNET member library card holders. To access the TechCentral MakerSpace, you will need a library card in good standing and a Photo ID.

The TechCentral MakerSpace is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

List of fees for using Makerspace Equipment

Laser Engraving and Cutting

Engrave materials up to 24″X 12″ in size and cut through select materials up to 1/4” thick using the TechCentral MakerSpace laser engravers. Wood, leather, and rubber can all be cut and engraved using our laser units. Painted or anodized metals, as well as glass, marble, and stone, can be engraved as well. At the moment, we do not cut or engrave acrylic. Click here to see a list of permitted materials to cut and etch on the laser engraver. Please call (216) 623-2980 for more information on approved materials.

The TechCentral MakerSpace has one Epilog Helix 24” x 18” 60-watt Laser Engraver (currently unavailable) and one Epilog Helix Mini 24” x 12” 40-watt laser engraver. CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator vector graphics software is available for designing and preparing projects for our machines.

3D Printing and Scanning

Create physical plastic objects from 3D computer renderings using the TechCentral MakerSpace 3D printer, or turn physical objects into 3D computer renderings using state-of-the-art 3D scanning technology. See more information about 3D printing, including events and classes at the Library.

The TechCentral MakerSpace has one MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer, one MakerGear M2 3D printer, and one NextEngine 3D Scanner HD available for staff-assisted prints and scans. MakerWare and Simplify3D 3D slicing software packages are available for preparing prints for our machines.

You can submit a file for 3D printing via our 3D Print Request Form.

Vinyl Printing and Cutting

Cut and print full-color designs onto a variety of vinyl to create banners, posters, or stickers. We also provide heatsoft transfer vinyl, which can be transferred onto clothes and fabrics. Our vinyl is 20″ wide.

Up to 24” wide, monochromatic decals can be printed using our vinyl cutter.

The TechCentral MakerSpace has one Roland GX-24 Vinyl Cutter and one Roland Versastudio BN-20 Printer/Cutter available for use, as well as a variety of vinyl sign-making tools. CorelDRAW vector graphics software is available for designing and preparing projects for the vinyl cutter and printer.

Heat Press

Fuse your printed or cut vinyl designs onto a t-shirt with our heat press.

Photography, Videography, and Graphic Design

Professional-level software is available on MakerSpace computers for editing of photo, video, and graphics design projects.

The TechCentral MakerSpace has the following Photography and Videography software and equipment available:

  • Wacom Intuos Creative Pen & Touch Tablet (Medium)
  • Adobe Creative Suite 6
  • Corel PHOTO-PAINT
  • Paint.NET
  • Apple iMovie
  • Windows Movie Maker

Music Recording and Production

Record Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, or even design your own synthesized tones and beats in the TechCentral MakerSpace. Produce your tracks using professional equipment and software.

The TechCentral MakerSpace has the following Music equipment and software available:

  • M-Audio Oxygen 25 USB MIDI Keyboard
  • Squire Bullet Strat Guitar
  • Squire Bronco Bass Guitar
  • Korg Monotron, monotron DUO, and monotron DELAY analog synthesizers
  • Mbox 3 Mini Interface
  • Avid Pro Tools Express
  • Audacity
  • Apple GarageBand

MakerSpace Computer Access

The TechCentral MakerSpace has a small number of Windows and Mac computers available for use with MakerSpace projects.

MakerSpace Materials and Use Fees

General use of the space, equipment, and software is free of charge with your library card. A variety of materials for the laser engraver, vinyl cutter, and 3D printer are available for purchase at the TechCentral MakerSpace. You are welcome to bring in your own materials for use with the laser engraver and vinyl cutter. MakerSpace staff must approve all user-supplied materials before they are used on MakerSpace equipment, to prevent damage to equipment or harm to users within the MakerSpace.

Material Cutting Policies

List of fees for using Makerspace Equipment

MakerSpace User Agreement