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MakerLab Project of the Month: Garden Stakes

1. Download the garden stakes template.

2. Download or open Inkscape software (Inkscape is also available on MakerLab laptops).

3. Open garden stakes template in Inkscape.

4. Click the 'A' tool along the left sidebar, then click in the center of the first garden stake. Type the name of the plant/spice/herb you would like to label.

5.  You can move the text by clicking the cursor tool, the tool all the way at the top, in the left toolbar.

6. Repeat for remaining 5 stakes, then save as a .pdf and e-mail the file and your BALibrary card number to the Digital Services department.


 Phased Reopening Plan

Updated June 14, 2021: The Barrington Area Library welcomes customers back into MakerLab! We ask that you make an appointment with Digital Services. The space will be available to one group at a time. If you anticipate you will need assistance with your project, please e-mail: digitalservices@balibrary.org and we will work together to make sure you receive guidance, either virtually or in-person.

Digital Services staff will determine if outside materials are acceptable for use in MakerLab based on material type and available space, time, and capacity. If any of these are limited, staff have the right to refuse outside materials, but we will make suggestions for a different choice of material, when appropriate. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please email the Digital Services department


Laser cut projects

If you have a complete laser cut file (.ai, .svg are the two most common formats) please e-mail digitalserivces@balibrary.org and we can work together to complete your project.


3D printing

  • Find a 3D print on Thingiverse or design your own print in a CAD program like Tinkercad
  • Fill out our 3D print submission form
  • Digital Services will put the job in a print queue
  • After we complete your print, the Library will contact you via e-mail to let you know you may use Parking Lot Pick-Up to get your print
  • When you arrive at the Library, please park in one of the designated Parking Lot Pick-Up spots and call the number on the sign

Note: Please use our online payment system to process the MakerLab fees associated with printing if you plan to use our Parking Lot Pickup service. Parking Lot Pickup hours are Monday -Friday 1-6PM, Saturday 9AM -1PM and Sunday 1 - 5PM. Beginning March 1, 2021, customers may also come into the Library to pick-up and pay for MakerLab projects.


Our Space

Our space is open to Barrington Area Library cardholders by appointment, for one group at a time. We are still processing projects and taking reservations for virtual 1:1 appointments.


Located on the first floor in the Business & Technology Center, the MakerLab gives Barrington Area Library cardholders access to a variety of cutting edge tools including 3D printers, a laser cutter, CNC machine, and vinyl cutter. The MakerLab also features MakerKits for a range of age levels and technical abilities. There is something for everyone, so stop in today and make something at your library!

MakerLab is open to Barrington Area Library cardholders by appointment

• No food or beverage is allowed in the MakerLab



3D Printer

Download a 3D File: Thingiverse (Instructions)

Design a 3D File: Tinkercad (Instructions)

Submit a 3D File: Fill Out This Form

Barrington Area Library cardholders may use the 3D printers at a cost of $.10 per gram of filament. The maximum file size of an object is 5.7" x 5.7" x 5.7" and the maximum print time must be less than 6 hours. After the print is complete, staff will notify you and ask you to please pick up the print within the next 7 days from the Customer Service desk, on the first floor. The Barrington Area Library will not print weapons or look alike weapons.

Accepted File Format: Stl, Obj, Scad



Barrington Area Library cardholders may use the Carvey to etch and cut out wood during a one-on-one appointment or during Carvey programs. We have 1/8" 3.5" x 5.5" bamboo and baltic birch woods available to purchase. If you would like us to consider your new, custom material, please e-mail us at digitalservices@balibrary.org.

Design software: Design is done in a web-based software, Easel. Some .svg files can be imported into Easel.

Accepted File Formats: .svg, or Easel files.


Heat Press

Barrington Area Library cardholders may use the heat press machine to adhere heat transfer material to a variety of fabrics. The Library has heat transfer material available for purchase. You can use the machine by speaking to a staff member at the Business and Technology desk and following these instructions: Heat Press Machine Instructions or watch this video.

Laser Cutter

For safety, if any material is questionable or unknown to staff, we will not attempt to cut or etch it for any reason. If you have questions about materials, please contact digitalservices@balibrary.org.

The Epilog Mini is able to etch & cut wood up to 12" x 24" & will be used in library programs or by appointment.
To view upcoming programs, please visit our Events Calendar.

Design software: Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator, or other vector graphics programs.

Accepted File Formats: .svg is the most common format, but we can work with a variety of vector graphic files.


Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine

The Cameo is a versatile cutting machine that uses software to cut intricate shapes, stencils, patterns, & designs on a variety of materials including adhesive vinyl & cardstock. Barrington Area Library cardholders may bring in & cut their own approved materials. If you have questions about materials, please contact digitalservices@balibrary.org. 

Design software: Silhouette America

Accepted File Formats: STUDIO3, STUDIO, GSD, DXF, PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF, TIFF



Make it! 3D Hand Tinkercad for Beginners (VIDEO)

Carvey Examples

Make it! HOME Make it! Desk Organizer

Laser Cutter Examples

Make it! Notebook

Make it!

Cell Phone Stand (Original)
Cell Phone Stand (Large)

Make it! Etched Glass


Silhouette Cameo Examples

Make it! Pop-up Card Silhouette Studio Basics (VIDEO)


Materials and Cost

To see samples of laser cut and etched woods, click: sample laser etched wood

3D Printing

PLA - $.10 per gram of filament

Button Maker

 Button set - $.15 (includes shell, mylar, and pinback)

7.75" x 11.75" x .75" Baltic Birch Plywood - $5.00
7.75" x 11.75" x .50"  Birch Plywood - $4.00

Laser Cutter

Pub Glass - $1.00

Leather-like notebook - $5

Leather-like coasters - $1.50

Leather luggage tags - $2

Must purchase full sheet

8.5" x 11" Chipboard - $.10

6" x 12" Hard Maple - $4.00

6" x 12" Walnut - $5.00

6" x 12" Cherry: $6.00

7.75" x 11.75" Baltic Birch Plywood - $5.00 

Must purchase half sheet or full sheet of 12" x 24" material

12 x 24" Baltic Birch Plywood - $3.00

8 x 24" Aspen - $7.00

12" x 24" Hard Maple - $19.00

12" x 24" Walnut - $21.00

12" x 24" Cherry - $21.00

12” x 24” leather-like sheet - $4


12" x 12" adhesive vinyl (sticker paper) - $1.00
12" x 12" transfer paper - $1.00
10" x 12" heat transfer vinyl - $1.50
12" x 12" cardstock - $.10


MakerKits are a great way to begin tinkering in the MakerLab & feature hardware to support a range of technical abilities. Kits can be checked out by Barrington Area Library cardholders for two hours, for use in the MakerLab. Please note that a parent or responsible caregiver (age 16 or older) must accompany and directly supervise children age 8 and younger.


Make in MakerLab - LED Circuits
Getting Started Guide - Arduino

Ages 10+


Make in MakerLab - Build GRIPP3R
Getting Started Guide - EV3

Ages 10+


Make in MakerLab - WeDo Animals
Getting Started Guide - WeDo

Ages 8+


Make in MakerLab - Waving flag
Getting Started Guide - littleBits

Ages 8+

Makey Makey

Make in MakerLab - Game controller
Geting Started Guide - Makey Makey

Ages 8+


Make in MakerLab - Bridge
Getting Started Guide - Strawbees

Ages 8+


MakerLab has laptop computers with the following software:


Microsoft Office
Silhouette Studio