The EPL Makerspace is a creative and collaborative environment
where ideas are shared. and is officially open at the Stanley A. Milner Library.
The space is open during regular branch hours
and offers incredible technology and equipment for the public to create on.
WHAT YOU CAN DO at the EPL MAKERSPACE
You can come in and print your own book,
using the Espresso Book Machine,
Design a website,
using creative workstations (PC’s & Mac’s),
Convert old VHS tapes to DVD’s,
using Digital conversion hardware,
Play some XBOX.
using the gaming consoles
Make 3D objects
using the Machina the X16 and X24 Pro models
Make your own video show
using the green screen connected to a computer
All of this is available to use in the EPL Makerspace area.
The sky is the limit on what you’ll be able to create.
You do not even need a library card to use the space and the computers.
There are Makerspace Assistants on hand at all times.
to help you learn how to use the Makerspace
BOOK PRINTING WITH THE ESPRESSO BOOK MACHINE
There is a $5 cover/binding charge and a $0.05 per page charge.
This means a 200 page book would cost $15.00.
$5 for the binding
+ $10 for the book pages (200 pages x $0.05).
HOW TO USE
The Espresso Book Machine (EBM)
prints and binds your favourite and/or custom books with colour covers.
You can also bind several book blocks (interior pages) together
Portfolios | Personal works | Family biographies | Recipe collections
| Collection of student writing | Zines | Novels | Custom day-planners | Journals | etc.
You can engage with the whole process of printing, binding, and trimming the book,
and it is equally thrilling to see it pop out of this chute like a vending machine.
It’s also a great way to access out-of-print or hard-to-find books,
as well as self-publish your own books!
How does it work?
SELF PUBLISHING TIPS
By using the Espresso Book Machine,
you can easily self-publish your own creations.
You will be able to produce a book with a colour cover and black & white pages.
Use the following tips to format your file so that your pages print accurately
and your book is bound correctly.
When you bring your files in, have your original files on hand
in case changes may need to be made.
HOW IT WORKS
Write your book and create your cover file.
Bring your files to the library.
At the library, a Makerspace Assistant will help you upload your PDF files
onto the Espresso Book Machine. Print!
The cover is printed in colour on glossy cardstock paper.
Meanwhile, the Xerox machine prints the interior pages
(called the book block) in black & white.
The machine applies glue to the spine of the book block
and presses it together with the cover.
The book is trimmed to the specified dimensions.
The book drops into a chute. Done!
In the Makerspace, they will print one copy first
so you can proof your book. Afterward, you can decide how many copies
you would like to print. .
3D PRINTING - WHERE TO START
The best place to start is with Tinkercad (https://tinkercad.com/)
a web platform with free accounts designed
to help people learn basic modelling with preset shapes.
Tinkercad is very friendly, fun, and has easy tutorials!
So far EPL Makerspace staff have used Tinkercad
to design and print and interlocking toy block with custom detailing,
a tiny two story dream home,
game board pieces,
and TV mounting branch for game console sensor bars.
Charges are $0.10 per gram of filament.
EPL Markerspace can estimate how much a model will weigh before printing
The printers are made by Machina the X16 and X24 Pro models.
The maximum print height
on the X16 is 125mm
and on the X24 it is 265mm
and the print bed is 200mm x 190 mm.
They each have .4mm nozzles
The printer accepts .stl and OBJ files as well.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
- Paul Chucks
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