Maker Mirror Magic

IMG_20180709_131027It’s the season for BBQs, fireworks and garage sales–especially items from the free pile. Case in point: this cracked mirror with a lot of potential.

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Using Adobe software to create a design and then cutting adhesive vinyl using the Studio 300 Maker Lab Zing vinyl cutter, this garage sale find became a unique object for the home.

What are you going to create next in Studio 300’s Maker Lab?

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.

 

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.

Customize your electronics with Studio 300

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Create a custom look using vinyl.

These days our electronics are always close at hand. We take them everywhere and use them for everything from work to play. With such an abundance of devices in use you may want yours to stand out.

There are many ways to customize the look of your device: laptop skins or decals, customized cases, and more. The wide range of choices makes it difficult to decide. Or you may not get exactly what you want. At Studio 300 there are a few ways to easily customize your own device.

The Studio 300 KNK Zing Computerized Cutter allows you to cut vinyl into the design of your choice. These can easily be applied to your devices and will last a long time.

Another quick and easy way to customize your cell phone is to buy a clear case and then design an insert. You can change these up whenever you wish to update the look. You  create the design and print it using the different paper stocks available at Studio 300. (Examples below).

Ready to get started? Studio 300 has two upcoming classes that can teach you how to use the tools and software to create your own designs.

Vinyl Design & Computer Cutting Basics
Thursday, July 13, 7 p.m.
Create and cut custom designs that can be applied to different surfaces.

Photoshop 101
Tuesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
Learn essential Photoshop tools and basic techniques.

The next time you feel like supporting your favorite band, game, sports team or just want to create something that represents YOU, visit Studio 300 and take advantage of all the tools and software available to you.