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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!

It's your turn! Learn to use our 3D printer - Part 2

It's your turn to learn how to use our 3D printer - part 2
Tuesday, July 15 7-9 p.m.  E.P. Foster Topping Room, Ventura

make! Media Night

  • Media Night
  • Tuesday March 11 at 7:30pm in the E.P. Foster Library Topping Room
  • Presented by Ventura County Library, CAPS TV, Ventura Area Makers/Builders/Hackers
 

Come tonight and learn about 3-D printing!

  • Open Tech Night at make!
  • 3D Printing, 3D Modeling, Microcontrollers and whatever you are working on.
  • Tonight, Tuesday March 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm in the E.P. Foster Library Topping Room
  • Presented by Ventura County Library, CAPS TV, Ventura Area Makers/Builders/Hackers
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