Fresh Community Content

Browse new creative content made by our very own Fountaindale Public Library patrons in the Community Content Collection. This special compilation features local content creators who share their podcasts, videos, artwork, and more. Also, several local authors share their ebooks.

Our aim is to capture, curate, and share the knowledge and artistic creations that YOU produce and make them available to FPLD patrons in our Fountaindale Public Library Community Content Collection. To submit your own work, visit this link.

 

Celebrating Five Years

It’s been five years since Studio 300 debuted in the Lower Level of Fountaindale Public Library. Here’s a look back at that grand opening celebration from March 16, 2013.

Join us for our celebration on Saturday, March 24 from 1 to 4 p.m in Studio 300. Enjoy cookies, prize drawings and discover how to unleash your creativity in this amazing space. All ages welcome.

 

Throwback Thursday

It’s been five years since Studio 300 debuted in the Lower Level of Fountaindale Public Library. Here’s a look back.

First up is our sneak peek video launched before the Studio doors opened.

And next, the original overview video we made once the Studio opened for our community.

Join us for our celebration on Saturday, March 24 from 1 to 4 p.m in Studio 300. Enjoy cookies, prize drawings and discover how to unleash your creativity in this amazing space. All ages welcome.

Staff Pick: Cintiq & Photoshop

Artwork courtesy of FPLD patron Chris Relo from ChrisRelo.com

A person’s hands can do amazing things. Computers can do amazing things. But often there is a disconnect between the two. The Cintiq drawing tablet bridges that gap.

Combined with software such as Photoshop opens up endless possibilities. Pressure sensitivity, screen mirroring – it’s an amazing feeling to work with a pen.

This Staff Pick brought to you by Steve. Stop by Studio 300 and try this device for yourself.

Maker Lab at Studio 300 Technology Spotlight

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Power Press Heat Press

The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the Power Press Heat Press available for your heat transfer vinyl project. The 15-by-15-inch industrial-quality digital heat press includes Teflon on the heat platen. This heat press is compact and is an upward-opening model. Ideal for applying transfers, letters, numbers, and images on t-shirts, garments, bags, mouse mats, jigsaw puzzles, ID badges, ceramic tiles, and other items. Here are the details:

  • LCD Control Board: Fully digital temperature and time control.
  • Special Thickened Aluminum Heating Plate for even and stable temperature over the entire heating plate.
  • Teflon Coated Heating Plate.  No need for coated sheets.  Harmless to the cloth, convenient to clean, and provide attractive appearance.
  • Signal Indicator beeps when transfer it over.
  • Plate pressure is easily adjusted to accommodate different materials.
  • Integrated electric control system for accurate heat adjustments.

Stop by and check it out. Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to Noon.

Here are examples from a recent Studio 300 program where patrons applied designs to their own t-shirts.

Maker Lab at Studio 300 Technology Spotlight

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Brother SE-400

The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the Brother SE-400 Combination Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine available for your project needs.  Here are its specs:

  • Sew, quilt, embroider. If you can imagine it, you can create it! Enjoy comprehensive sewing functions, plus 4-inch-by-4-inch embroidery capabilities.
  • Easy-to-view back-lit touch screen LCD display accesses 67 unique sewing stitches and 70 built- in embroidery designs, with 5 lettering fonts.
  • Computer connectivity for importing thousands of embroidery designs purchased from iBroidery.com and other sites, and for updating your machine in the future.
  • One-touch automatic thread cutter cuts your top and bobbin thread with ease.

Stop by and check it out.  Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.

Maker Lab at Studio 300 Technology Spotlight

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KNK Zing Air Computerized Cutter

The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the KNK Zing Air Computerized Cutter available for your vinyl cutting project needs. The KNK Zing Air allows you to create and cut your own custom designs. Here’s its specs:

  • Cutting width up to 12″ wide.
  • Print and Cut With built-in Laser alignment, the KNK Zing Air performs quick and precise cuts.
  • Now with 3 wheels, allowing users to cut 12″ x unlimited length.
  • Peel and stick vinyl is $1.00 / linear foot
  • Heat transfer vinyl is $2.50 / linear foot.
  • A heat press is available.

Stop by and check it out.  Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4  p.m.

Maker Lab at Studio 300 Technology Spotlight

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CARVEY

The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the Carvey CNC Router available for your carving project. Carvey’s fully-enclosed design makes 3-D carving clean, quiet, and safe.  Studio 300 has several material choices available.  Here are the details:

  • Automatic calibration, built-in settings for your materials, and ease to use software make Carvey intuitive and approachable.
  • The Easel software makes it simple to design a project from scratch, or to import an existing sketch or file. With intuitive tools and interactive apps-it’s the design process, simplified.
  • Use Easel’s pre-carve checklist to make sure everything is ready, then click “Carve”. Sit back and watch as your idea comes to life.
  • A fully-enclosed frame ensures the mess (and the noise) stays on the inside.

Stop by and check it out.  Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.

Maker Lab at Studio 300 Technology Spotlight

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Hic Top CR-10

The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the Hic Top CR-10 3D Printer available for your  3D project.  The CR-10 can print big models, the max printing size is 300x300x400mm/11x11x15 inches.  Studio 300 has many PLA colors available @ .10 / gram.   Here are the details:

  • Printing Size: 300*300*400mm
  • Printing accuracy:±0.1mm
  • Layer thickness: 0.05-0.4mm (adjustable)
  • Nozzle temp: 250 degree C
  • Extruder temperature: PLA: 210 C
  • Hot bed temperature: PLA: 60 C
  • Printing Speed:Normal: 80mm/s, Max.: 200mm/s
  • Materials:1.75mm PLA
  • Nozzle: 0.4mm

Stop by and check it out.  Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.

Maker Lab NOW OPEN at Studio 300

The new Maker Lab at Studio 300 is open and ready for your DIY project!  Equipment in the space includes the following technology:

  • Brother SE-400 Combination Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine
  • KNK Zing Computerized Cutter
  • Carvey CNC Router
  • Hic Top CR-10 3D Printer
  • PowerPress Industrial-Quality Digital Sublimation T-Shirt Heat Press

Stop by and check it out.  Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.