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Lost and Found

Have you ever lost something unique or otherwise hard to find? You may want to consider 3D printing a replacement!

Recently one of the supports for E.P. Foster Library's display case went missing, so we searched online for a design that would allow us to print a new one. The gray support seen in this photo comes from Thingiverse.com user WilliamAAdams, and was printed using the Ventura County Library's own 3D printer!

Whether you are borrowing an existing design or have one of your own, you will soon be able to make use of the library's 3D printer yourself! Stay tuned for more info on policies and procedures as we work out the details of this exciting new program.

Making the Cut

The library's laser cutter and engraver is an impressive tool capable of great precision and power. The pieces on the right were cut out by one of our volunteers in a matter of minutes!

As we continue to test out the equipment we will also be compiling a list of materials that we can cut or engrave, as well as appropriate settings for each. If you have questions about a specific material or item, let us know!

Stay tuned for more information on the development of our library's makerspace, including future events showcasing our new technologies!

VCL @ the CSUCI Science Carnival

Last weekend the Ventura County Library had a couple of staff members volunteering at the CSUCI Science Carnival. This annual event is geared towards cultivating interest in STEM topics among elementary and middle school students.

Our table's activity involved Art Bots, simple robots designed to create colorful patterns when activated. Instructions are available on the Science Buddies website for anyone interested in doing this activity themselves!

This event was a great success and a wonderful opportunity for the library to get out in the community and help promote curiosity, science, and learning. We look forward to many similar collaborations in the future!

New 3D Printing Filament!

The Ventura County Library has acquired a new roll of filament for our 3D printer, and it glows in the dark!

We've been working with printing out smaller items as we test the new filament; this treble clef was printed from a design by Thingiverse user 3tte. It was scaled up from the original to fit easily in the palm of your hand.

If you stop by E.P. Foster Library, you just might get to see the printer in action. We're more than happy to talk with anybody who is interested about this technology and our future plans for it!

An October Surprise!

Our experiments with the Ventura County Library's new technologies continue!

Pictured here is a skull that was 3D printed using a design by user faberdasher, published on Thingiverse.com. The skull was then decorated by a member of the Foster Library staff!

Also pictured is a small keychain produced using our laser engraver. Both of these items are currently on display in E.P. Foster Library's first floor display case, so come by and check them out!

3D Printing in Action!

As we train more staff to use our 3D printer, we're putting it to work making some interesting items, including cell phone stands, earbud clips, and bookmarks.

Making use of open-source software, the library is able to go all the way from an STL file to a printed object.

We're looking forward to getting some more test prints out and seeing what this thing is capable of!

Stop by the library to learn more about our printer and other makerspace equipment, and visit our make! page for more resources!

Testing Our Laser Engraver

We've been doing some additional testing with our new laser cutter and engraver, trying it out with various designs on a number of different materials. It's been a lot of fun!

So far we've tried everything we could get our hands on, including leather, stone, glass, and several types of wood—and we're still looking for more test materials.

We're very excited to be bringing this technology to the library as part of our makerspace. Remember to join us on September 30, 2014, at E.P. Foster Library for a demonstration of what the laser can do!

make.show.tell. @ E.P. Foster Library

Attention local makers! On Tuesday, September 16, E.P. Foster Library will be hosting its second make.show.tell. event.

Stop by the Topping room at 7 p.m. to see what some local makers, builders, and craftspeople have been up to, and to learn more about how YOU might participate in the future!

If you're a maker with a skill or hobby you would like to share with others, come by any of our makerspace events or contact the library. We would love to help you share your talents!

New Technology: Laser Engraving!

The Ventura County Library recently acquired a laser engraver and cutter, and we’ve begun testing it to see what it’s capable of!

You can join us on September 30, 2014, at E.P. Foster Library for a demonstration of the laser’s capabilities. This free event will start at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Our new laser cutter will ultimately be available as part of the Ventura County Library’s makerspace, along with our 3D printer and an assortment of other tools and materials. Stay tuned for more information!

3D Printing @ the Ventura County Library

A small engineering company, LaunchPoint Technologies in Goleta, developing hybrid technology for aircraft with NASA used the Ventura County Library's 3D printer. They printed a part for preliminary fit testing of an 8-horsepower, 12-pound heavy fuel generator for airborne applications. The library's easy access to a 3D printer and willingness to help a LaunchPoint employee encouraged the success of their project.
Keep following our blog to learn more about the resources available at the Ventura County Library's makerspace. We've got big plans, and we would love for you to be a part of them!
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