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The library invites you to check out our Makerspace at the Northwest Branch!

What is a Makerspace?

A makerspace is a creative, DIY place where people can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. Makerspaces are as unique as the people they serve - artists, builders, crafters, graphic designers, engineers and even those who just tinker, are all “makers” in their own way. This gives them a space to explore new skills.


  • Mondays: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 2 - 5 p.m.

Want to learn a new program or activity? Check out our organized classes. All other times that the makerspace is open will be Open Studio time. This will be hands-on, self-guided yet supervised time where you can learn about what interests you. What will you make?

Class Schedule

3D Design Basics

Learn how to use Tinkercad to design objects that can be printed on a 3D printer! Children 12 or younger must have a parent attend class with them. Participants must have a valid email address to set up a Tinkercad account during the class.

  • Tuesday, May 30: 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 6: 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 8: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 10: 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 13: 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 20: 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 27: 4 p.m.

3D Printing Basics

Learn how to use a 3D printer! Children 12 or younger must have a parent attend class with them.

  • Thursday, June 1: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 3: 4 p.m.
  • Monday, June 5: 4 p.m.
  • Monday, June 12: 4 p.m.
  • Monday, June 19: 4 p.m.
  • Monday, June 26: 4 p.m.

Build a Burglar Alarm

We need your help! A thief is after the great 3D printed trophy in the Panther Lab. Help us construct a burglar alarm with littleBits and other materials in the lab.

  • Thursday, June 29: 6 p.m.

DIY Electronics Club

Hobbyists! Join our group and explore DIY electronics! Bring your own maker project, or team up with someone and create one. We will learn about microcontrollers, robotics, 3D printers, programming languages, wearable technology, and other design projects. Bring your Raspberry Pi, Arduino, LEDs, sensors, or other misc. projects for collaborative learning and show-and-tell!

  • Monday, June 12: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Fusion 360

Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D modeling tool for design. Students create amazing parametric models with this modern, easy-to-use, and powerful tool. In this workshop, you will learn how to sculpt your idea, create parts and assembly modeling, and prepare for manufacturing on a 3D printer (or CNC machine). Please bring your laptop with Fusion 360 installed, and have a cloud-based login ready to go for the class! Fusion 360 is free for students and hobbyists.

  • Thursday, May 25: 5 p.m.

Green Screen Virtual Field Trip

If you could visit any place or time in history, where would you go? Come on a virtual field trip with us! Use the green screen and lots of creativity to take a picture and bring your imagination to life!

  • Thursday, May 25: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 27: 4 p.m.

Make a Game

Explore existing game models as a group and then get creative with materials and equipment from the lab to develop a digital or analog game. Take your idea from conceptualization to a working prototype!

  • Thursday, June 22: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 24: 4 p.m.

Sparki Robot

Learn how to program Sparki the robot using Arduino-based code. Create commands to make it drive in simple shapes or even incorporate math and measurements to make Sparki write your name.

  • Thursday, June 15: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 17: 4 p.m.

What will the Panther Lab offer?

  • 3D Printers
  • 3D Scanner
  • Robotics & Electronics Kits
  • 27" iMacs with Adobe CC Suite
  • Virtual Reality Simulation Headset
  • Sony Camera and Green Screen
  • Vinyl Cutter

Who can visit the Panther Lab?

Panther Lab is open to anyone. You don’t have to live in Fort Worth, or even have a Fort Worth library card to participate. (But everyone should have a library card!)

Last updated: May 24, 2017

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