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 Upcoming Workshops

September 25th 3D Build: Slingshots

Ocotober 9th 3D Build: Glow in the Dark

October 30th Green Screen Pictures and Posters

November 6th 3D Build Holders & Shelves


Checkout Makerspace Items

Our patrons can check out a variety of equipment to use outside the library! In addtion to two Cannon cameras, GoPro Cameras, plenty of action mounts and accesories, we've got Spheros, Ozobots, Snap Circuits,  MakeyMakey, Arduino Boards, Raspberry Pi, LittleBits kits, and Dot and Dash Robots!  We've added a second LEGO Mindstorm Robot "Fred" to keep "George" company!  We've got a Nook loaded with Hogwarts ebooks. 3D Printing is also available! See below for details!  Like all our Makerspace checkout items, you can play with them in your home for 7 days!  if no one is waitng for the item, you may renew for another week! Use your library card to check out this fantastic tech! To learn more about how to use the tech toys, have a look at our YouTube channel Minot Makerspace for videos to get you started!   Teens and Children will need a Makerspace permission form signed by their parent or guardian to check out items from the Makerspace.

3D Printer

   The Makerbot Replicator Mini+ is our new 3D printer!  3D printers builds objects from the ground up. Rafts are used as support at the base of the model. Rafts keep your design in place while it is printing and ensures your project is uniformly strong. Some prints require support material to ensure proper printing. Supports are needed if the design has large overhangs or parts that are suspended in mid-air. Our usual default is an angle of 68 degrees or more uses supports. These types of additions are easily removable by the user. Staff will not be responsible for removing any supporting material or rafts for the user.  The user must have a library card here at MPL and agrees to pay $0.20 per gram for filament used.  Our printer prints exclusivly in PLA filament, a biorenewable plastic made from corn starch. Our Build plate is 5 inches by 4.5 inches by 4 inches.  Prints must fit on the build plate in order to be printed.

Users may see slight imperfections in their prints. Small bumps or holes and rough edges may occur with 3D printing. You can clean up some of the imperfections with fine sand paper or other tools. Our printer prints in just one color but you can certainly paint your design. The Makerbot Replicator Mini+ is very accurate, but there may be some instances where objects do not fit precisely together. The user is responsible for checking over their design for flaws.  If the design cannot be printed due to design error, the user still must pay for the filament used in the attempt.

Those wishing to utilize the library’s 3D printer must do so for lawful purposes. Minot Public Library staff reserves the right to decline any print request for any reason.

3D printing made possible by a generous grant from BEST BUY!  Thank you!

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