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.

Hours

  • 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.

  • Monday, November 20: 5 p.m.

3D Printing Basics

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

  • Monday, November 6: 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 30: 5 p.m.

3D Printing Post Processing

Learn to make your 3D print smooth and shiny! Discover the chemistry behind the art of cold vapor smoothing and learn how to successfully decorate your 3D object. You can bring your own small ABS 3D print or use a class model. Recommended for ages 13+. Participants must have a signed waiver on file (filled out by parent or legal guardian if below 18 years old) in order to use sharp tools and chemicals in class.

  • Thursday, November 2: 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 4: 4 p.m.

Binary Beading

Computers use binary numbers, a series of “ons” and “offs” that encode information. Use the ASCII alphabet to encode a message on a bracelet or keychain, and see if your friends can decode the information!

  • Thursday, November 9: 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 11: 4 p.m.

Circuitry 101 – Makey Makey

Discover the basic principles of electronics while experimenting with a variety of conductive materials. Makey Makey circuit boards turn everyday objects into touchpads and combines them with the internet for creative play.

  • Saturday, November 18: 4 p.m.

Cosplay Meetup

Get creative with materials and equipment from the lab to design and construct a costume of a character from a movie, book, or video game. Experienced and aspiring cosplayers are invited to come share your skills and knowledge with beginners.

  • Thursday, October 26: 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 28: 4 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, November 13: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Homeschool Day in the Lab

Each month, the library hosts homeschool families in the lab for a class designed just for them. This month’s class will be Circuitry 101 – Makey Makey: Discover the basic principles of electronics while experimenting with a variety of conductive materials. Makey Makey circuit boards turn everyday objects into touchpads and combines them with the internet for creative play.

  • Thursday, November 16: 2 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: Oct. 25, 2017