Creative Technologies Lab
The Creative Technologies Lab combines emerging technologies (3D manufacturing and microcomputing) with re-purposed equipment (servers, computers, and electronics), tools, and a brilliant work crew to create a small makerspace inside the library.
Where is it?
We’re located in the Kessinger Room in the far west corner of the library, behind the magazines.
What’s in it?
While the inventory and focus of the Tech Lab might be constantly changing based on the equipment we salvage and acquire, you’ll always be able to find and use:
- 6 27″ iMacs
- Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer
- Filabot PLA filament recycler
- Filamaker filament shredder
- NextEngine Ultra HD 3D scanner
- LeapMotion input sensor
- Apple and Nexus tablets
- GoPro Hero 4
- 1TB Dell rack server
- Numerous Raspberry Pis and Arduinos
- And a well-stocked supply of analog and digital components, LEDs, solder, motors, batteries, power supplies, tools, monitors, etc.
- A variety of 3D modeling/drafting/capturing software including
- Fusion 360, Meshmixer, Meshlab for modeling
- AutoCad, Google Sketchup, Blender for drafting and animation
- Makerware, Cura, Replicator G for slicing and printing
- Skanect, Windows Kinect for capturing
- The Adobe Creative Cloud including
- Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Audition, InDesign, After Effects, and others
- Various open source IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) for programming
Thanks in part to grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the State Library of North Carolina.