Prusa 3D printer

What it does: Heats and extrudes plastic filament to create 3D objects

Requirements for use: Users must be at least 13 years old and be badged

Materials: 1.75mm PLA filament in a variety of colors is available in the Idea Studio for use at no charge

Software: Cura

Specifications:

  • Prusa i3 MK3S
  • Single print head
  • Prints in PLA
  • Maximum build volume 9.8” x 8.3” x 8”
  • Heated flexible build plate
  • Automatic build plate leveling
  • Uses 1.75mm filament

Ultimaker 3D printer

What it does: Heats and extrudes plastic filament to create 3D objects

Requirements for use: Users must be at least 13 years old and be badged

Materials: 3mm PVA and PLA filament in a variety of colors is available in the Idea Studio for use at no charge

Software: Cura

Specifications:

  • Ultimaker 3 Extended
  • Dual print heads
  • Prints in PLA or PVA
  • Maximum build volume 7.8” x 8.5” x 7.9”
  • Heated glass build plate
  • Remote printing and remote print monitoring
  • Self-leveling build-plate
  • Uses 3mm filament

3D scanner

What it does: Scans objects or people to create models for 3D printing or digital applications

Requirements for use: Users must be at least 13 years old and be badged

Materials: Users must provide a way to save their files. High-capacity USB drives are available for purchase if desired. See Menu for current list of materials and prices.

Software: Skanect

Specifications:

  • Structure Sensor 3D Scanner
  • Attaches to iPad
  • Scans objects from roughly the size of a grapefruit to the size of an entire room

Button maker

What it does: Creates 2¼” buttons

Requirements for use: No age requirement or required badge

Materials: Button blanks are available for purchase from the Idea Studio. See Menu for current price.

Carvey CNC router

What it does: Carves designs into materials, or cuts designs out

Requirements for use: Users must be at least 13 years old and be badged

Materials: Users provide their own materials. The Carvey can cut most woods and plastics, and a handful of other speciality items. Some materials may be available for purchase from the Idea Studio if desired, but availability varies. See Menu for current list of materials and prices.

Software: Easel

Specifications:

  • - Carvey CNC router
  • - Cuts most woods and plastics
  • - Cuts materials up to 8” x 12” x 2.75”
  • - Idea Studio stocks an assortment of 1/8” and 1/16” bits; users may also bring their own bits

Comb binder

What it does: Punches and then binds sheets to make a comb-bound book

Requirements for use: No age requirement or required badge

Materials: Combs in a variety of widths are available for purchase from the Idea Studio if desired. See Menu for current list of materials and prices. Users may also bring their own combs if desired.

Specifications:

  • Fellowes Pulsar 300
  • Punches up to 15 sheets at a time
  • Binds up to 300 sheets with up to a 1.5” comb

Kitchen

What it does: Since the kitchen is not a commercially licensed food preparation space, it can be used for demonstration purposes only, not for the creation of food that will be consumed.

Requirements for use: No age requirement or required badge

Materials: Users provide their own materials

Specifications:

  • Refrigerator and freezer
  • Sink
  • 2-oven, 5-burner glass-topped cooking stove
  • Variety of cooking tools and implements

Laminator

What it does: Protects documents with plastic

Requirements for use: No age requirement or required badge

Materials: Lamination pouches are available for purchase from the Idea Studio if desired. See Menu for current list of materials and prices. Users may bring their own pouches if they are compatible with the machine.

Specifications:

  • Swingline Inspire Plus thermal laminator
  • Laminates 8.5” x 11” and 11” x 17” documents

Laser cutter

What it does: Burns designs onto the surface of materials, or cuts designs out

Requirements for use: Users must be at least 18 years old and be badged

Materials: Users provide their own materials. Compatible materials include wood, cardboard, glass, fabric, and leather. Some materials may be available for purchase from the Idea Studio if desired, but availability varies. See Menu for current list of materials and prices.

Software: Retina Engrave

Specifications:

  • Full Spectrum H-Series 40W CO2 Laser Engraver/Cutter
  • 12” x 20” design area
  • Material can be up to 13” x 21”

Printmaking press

What it does: Creates relief prints from linoleum blocks or other materials

Requirements for use: Users must be at least 13 years old and be badged

Materials: Users provide their own materials. Some materials may be available for purchase from the Idea Studio if desired, but availability varies. See Menu for current list of materials and prices.

Specifications:

  • Jack Richeson & Co Small Press
  • 13" bed width

Recording studio

What it does: Records or edits music or other audio or video files

Requirements for use: Users must be at least 13 years old and be badged

Materials: Users must provide a way to save their files. High-capacity USB drives are available for purchase if desired. See Menu for current list of materials and prices.

Software: Users will be trained in Garage Band; other recording software also available

Equipment:

  • iMac
  • FocusRite Scarlett 18i20 interface
  • Alesis S4 Quadrasynth mixer
  • Hosa PDR-369 XLR patch bay
  • Nakamichi MR2 cassette deck
  • TASCAM 122mkII USB audio interface
  • Onkyo CP-1400a turntable
  • Akai Advance 49 keyboard
  • Squier Bullet Strat electric guitar
  • Assorted headphones and microphones

Serger

What it does: Trims fabric as it sews an overlock stitch

Requirements for use: Users must be at least 13 years old and be badged

Materials: Users bring their own fabric, and, if desired thread. Idea Studio provides white and black thread at no charge, and a variety of other sewing equipment such as pins, seam rippers, and scissors. Some scrap fabric is often available for use as well, but availability varies.

Specifications:

  • Janome MyLock 634D
  • Two needles
  • 2, 3, or 4-thread overlock stitching, rolled hemming, picot hemming, and narrow hemming stitches
  • Adjustable stitch length from 1mm to 5mm

Sewing machine

What it does: Sews fabric with various basic stitches

Requirements for use: Users must be at least 13 years old and be badged

Materials: Users bring their own fabric, and, if desired thread. Idea Studio provides white and black thread at no charge, and a variety of other sewing equipment such as pins, seam rippers, and scissors. Some scrap fabric is often available for use as well, but availability varies.

Specifications:

  • Janome Schoolmate S-3015
  • 15 different stitches
  • Includes 6 presser feet
  • Maximum stitch width 4mm
  • Maximum stitch length 4mm

Silhouette

What it does: Cuts or draws digitally-created letters, designs, and shapes out of vinyl, paper, cardstock, heat transfer vinyl, and other materials

Requirements for use: Users must be at least 13 years old and be badged

Materials: Users provide their own materials. As a general rule of thumb, the Silhouette can cut anything a pair of scissors can cut. Some materials may be available for purchase from the Idea Studio if desired, but availability varies. See Menu for current list of materials and prices.

Software: Silhouette Studio

Specifications:

  • Silhouette Cameo 2
  • 12” x 12” cutting mat, up to 12” x 120” cutting area for backed material
  • Idea Studio also stocks Silhouette sketch pens in a variety of colors

Sublimation Heat Press

What it does: Prints and then transfers full-color images onto a variety of surfaces

Requirements for use: Users must be at least 13 years old and be badged

Materials: Users bring their own materials. Some materials may be available for purchase from the Idea Studio if desired, but availability varies. See Menu for current list of materials and prices. Fabric surfaces must be at least 80% polyester, and items like mugs must have a special polymer sublimation coating.

Software: Sawgrass Print Manager

Specifications:

  • Sawgrass SG400 Sublimation Printer
  • HPN Black Series 8-in-1 Heat Press

Heat press attachments include:

  • 15” x 15” flat bed
  • 11-oz mug attachment
  • Cap/Hat attachment
  • 5” and 6” ceramic plate attachments
  • Espresso mug attachment
  • 12-oz and 17-oz tapered mug attachments

VHS station

What it does: Records a VHS onto either a DVD or a USB drive

Requirements for use: No age requirement or required badge

Materials: Users must provide a way to save their files. Blank DVD-R and High-capacity USB drives are available for purchase. See Menu for current list of materials and prices.

Specifications: 

  • The recording process takes the full length of time that it takes the VHS to play