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 - 7 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Fridays: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 1 - 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 a custom keychain that can be printed on a 3D printer! Children 10 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.

  • Friday, August 9: 1 p.m.
  • Monday, August 12: 2 p.m.

3D Printing Basics

Learn how to use a 3D printer! We will provide an overview of 3D printing applications, the parts of the machine, types of filament, the 3D printing process, and safety and troubleshooting. Children 10 or younger must have a parent attend class with them.

  • Friday, August 2: 1 p.m.
  • Monday, August 5: 2 p.m.

3D Print Post Processing

Learn to make your 3D print smooth and shiny! Discover the chemistry behind the art and learn how to successfully decorate your 3D object. You can bring your own small ABS 3D print or use a class model.

  • Friday, August 16: 4 p.m.

Recommended for ages 13 and up. Participants must have waiver filled out by parent or legal guardian if below 18 years old in order to use sharp tools and chemicals in class.

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 miscellaneous projects for collaborative learning and show-and-tell!

  • Tuesday, August 6: 6 p.m.

iMovie Trailer 101

Ever wanted to film your own movie but don’t know how to get started? Explore the basics of iMovie trailers in this fun, hands on, and collaborative class. We will pick a theme and create a storyboard to plan our video. Then it’s Lights, Camera, Action!

  • Wednesday, August 28: 2 p.m.

What does 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: July 25, 2019