Julie and Kevin were intrigued after reading Stuart’s blog post about the grand opening of the new Cleveland Public Library TechCentral MakerSpace, and decided to see it for themselves. They joined Stuart at the Greater Cleveland PC User Group (GCPCUG) “field trip” to TechCentral last Saturday, February 8, 2014, where they learned that so much is happening at the Cleveland Public Library (CPL.org - @Cleveland_PL)!
The group of about 30 people was warmly welcomed by TechCentral Manager C.J. Lynce and TechCentral Coordinator Sam Tripodis about half an hour before the library opened to the public for a private tour of the new MakerSpace. They gave a very interesting introduction to the different pieces of equipment that make up TechCentral and its MakerSpace.
Stuart thought it was interesting that the library has software where you can make your own fonts.
If you bring an STL file (STereoLithography -- uses the .stl file extension -- for rapid prototyping), you can print your three-dimensional designs on the library's 3D printers. In addition to the single color printer, they now have a two-color printer.
TechCentral, with the addition of the MakerSpace, is now more than just a computer lab (although it has 90 computers available for use, plus offers free computer classes) -- it is a technology hub!
500-800 people visit TechCentral each day to use the computers and learn the basics of the MakerSpace equipment, which includes:
Green screen and associated equipment for video recording
Guitar and bass for audio recording
Stop-action photography equipment
All of this is available for use by the public – all you need is a library card!
The library is gearing up to provide training on the software needed to work with this new MakerSpace hardware, so check out their TechCentral computer classes web page for more details. During the tour, the Laser Engraver and the Vinyl Cutter were demonstrated, each creating items using the GCPCUG logo. Although raw materials for the equipment can be purchased at TechCentral, users are encouraged to bring their own.
Here are the photos published by CDPUG's Social Networking Manager Janet Dodrill on their "GCPCUG Visit to Cleveland Public Library" Facebook photo gallery:
Mini Maker Faire
Julie, Kevin, and Stuart are already looking forward to the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire (MakerFaireCleveland.com - @MakerFaireCleve), which will be held on March 29, 2014. There are already over 50 booths confirmed for the Faire! Booths are expected to line the tunnel between library buildings and be spread through both buildings. It is going to be massive!
If you are a "Maker" who wants to participate, please be aware that the "Call for Makers" DEADLINE is February 28th.