The Brownsville Public Library Makerspace offers use of a Glowforge Pro 3D Printer for public use. Glowforge allows users to cut and engrave a large variety of materials.
Cut and Engraving
Glowforge performs well with many materials 1/4 in (0.6 cm) and less on a single pass. It can accommodate material as thick as 1/2 in (1.2 cm), but may require multiple passes or flipping the material over. For engraving, objects as thick as 2 in (5 cm). It can then engrave the surface up to 0.5 in (1.2 cm), depending on the material
Glowforge can cut
- Plexiglas (acrylic)
- Delrin (acetal)
- foods, and more.
Glowforge can also engrave all of the above plus:
- coated metal
- anodized aluminum
- some phones, tablets, and laptops
Files that are accepted with Glowforge software:
- SVG (cutting and engraving)
- PNG (engraving)
Patrons are required to have their design saved in the approved file formats prior usage.
- There is no fee to use Glowforge equipment
- Patrons must provide material for use on machine, (wood, acrylic, etc.)
- Material must be approved prior to use of machine
- Patrons must have design ready when requesting usage of equipment (file saved in correct format)
- Makerspace waiver must be signed prior to use of equipment.
The Brownsville Public Library Makerspace, is home to innovation and creativity. It features a variety of equipment, software, and kits in a flexible, collaborative workspace.
Using Makerspace Equipment
Makerspace equipment is available for walk-in use pending equipment and staff availability. An advance reservation is recommended.
A library card in good standing with a signed waiver is required to make equipment reservations.
A signed Use Agreement and Liability for Use Form acknowledging the user guidelines must be on file at before a maker is allowed use of the equipment. Forms are available at both makerspace departments.
Makers are limited to one reservation per machine type per week (excluding the 3D printers). After a reservation has been used, if available, Makers can use a machine on a first come, first serve basis.
Reservations may be made up to one week in advance.
Since Makers are expected to monitor their projects at all times, only one machine may be reserved or checked out at a time.