The Creative Technologies Lab combines emerging technologies (3D manufacturing and microcomputing) with re-purposed equipment (servers, computers, and electronics), tools, and a brilliant work crew to create a small makerspace inside the library.
Where is it?
We’re located on the main floor of the library behind the diner booths.
What’s in it?
While the inventory and focus of the Tech Lab might be constantly changing based on the equipment we salvage and acquire, you’ll always be able to find and use:
2 27″ iMacs and a bunch of other computers
Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer
Prusa i3MK2.5 3D printer
Filabot PLA filament recycler
Filamaker filament shredder
NextEngine Ultra HD 3D scanner
LeapMotion input sensor
Apple and Nexus tablets
GoPro Hero 4
1TB Dell rack server
Numerous Raspberry Pis and Arduinos
And a well-stocked supply of analog and digital components, LEDs, solder, motors, batteries, power supplies, tools, monitors, etc.
A variety of 3D modeling/drafting/capturing software including
Fusion 360, Meshmixer, Meshlab for modeling
AutoCad, Google Sketchup, Blender for drafting and animation
Cura, Replicator G, Slic3r, and others for slicing and printing
Skanect, Windows Kinect for capturing
The Adobe Creative Cloud including
Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Audition, InDesign, After Effects, and others
Various open source IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) for programming
Thanks in part to grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the State Library of North Carolina.