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Panther Lab to bring creative minds together for monthly Maker Showcase

Posted March 2, 2020

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Calling all creators! The Fort Worth Public Library has a place for imaginative and creative thinkers to research, develop and bring their ideas to life.

Creative creators are invited to share what they’ve learned from their projects and learn ideas for new projects from others at a monthly Maker Showcase at the Panther Lab at the Fort Worth Public Library-Northwest Branch, 6228 Crystal Lake Drive. All ages are welcome, but children age 9 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

A makerspace is a do-it-yourself workshop 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.

“The Panther Lab is a great place to learn about and use tools you might not have at home, and it’s also a great place to collaborate with other Makers,” said Ian Garland, the Panther Lab’s public education specialist. “Visitors to the Panther Lab come from all kinds of backgrounds and with that comes different perspectives and skillsets. By hosting the Maker Showcase, I hope to nurture the collaborative spirit and help bring makers together to learn from each other.”

The Panther Lab, the Library’s first dedicated makerspace, is stocked with 3D printers, a 3D scanner, robotics and electronics kits, 27-inch Apple iMacs loaded with the Adobe Creative Suite, a virtual reality simulation headset, and a Sony camera with a green screen and a vinyl cutter, among other amenities.

All the showcases will feature a show-and-tell to foster the free exchange of ideas, and some will feature guest speakers. Showcases will be conducted on the second Saturday of each month at the Panther Lab (March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12).

The Panther Lab also plays host to regular classes, such as 3D design and 3D printing and special seasonal projects for which participants can build or create something.

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