Tech Studio MakerSpace

Wednesdays & Thursdays

3 -5  p.m.

Join us in Tech Studio, Vail Public Library’s very own MakerSpace!  Located on the lower level of the library (across from the elevator), our Tech Studio is a true creation station for all ages, abilities, and interests.  Explore, create, collaborate, and invent in a safe and supportive environment!

You can also send an email to libinfo@vailgov.com, to request assistance with a specific program or service.

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AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY

 

Oculus Rift Virtual Reality System

Oculus Rift is a Virtual Reality (VR) device that gives users an immersive 360-degree view of a three-dimensional virtual reality world.

The system includes a Rift Headset, two (2) Oculus Sensors, and a pair of Oculus Touch controllers. The Headset and Sensors are connected to a workstation (PC unit) via USB and headset cables.

Oculus Touch is a device specially designed and engineered for your hands to be transplanted into the virtual environment when using the Rift. Bring your hands into VR with Oculus Touch. The sense of hand presence this pair of tracked controllers provides makes it feel like your virtual hands are actually your own.

With Oculus Touch, constellation tracking allows you to manipulate objects in your virtual environment with extraordinary precision and intuitive, ease of use.

Imagine swimming with sharks, walking through an art gallery on the other side of the globe, or stepping off that globe altogether to examine the stars.  Imagine flying above distant cities like Superman, meeting a dinosaur moments before the meteor strikes, or actually sitting at the table while the characters of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast sing and dance around you.  All of this, and more, are waiting for you inside the Rift.

Because the immersive experience of the Rift can be disorienting, use of the system is limited to individuals ages 13 and up, and a 15-minute training session is required prior to accessing free play.

NEW TO TECH STUDIO

Meta Quest 2

Advanced All-In-One Virtual Reality Headset

Enjoy advanced all-in-one VR with just a headset and controllers. The headset tracks the movement of both your head and body, then translates them into VR with realistic precision. No external sensors are required. Meta Quest 2 Touch controllers have been upgraded with improved ergonomics. A new thumb rest adds stability when needed.

Discover new adventures, master epic challenges, or revisit classic moments in your favorite all-in-one games, shows and experiences.

 

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3D Printing with:

Lulzbot minis (2 available)

The Lulzbot mini is a favorite of 3D Hubs, Make Magazine, and almost every patron who gives them a try!  In fact, as an advocate for open sourcing, the company behind these printers has made all of the software source code, plans, and material lists for these printers available online, for free.  So if you enjoy tinkering, this is the printer for you!

 

Specifications:

  • Build Volume: 152mm x 152mm x 158mm (6in x 6in x 6.2in)
  • Self Leveling & Nozzle Self Cleaning
  • Tetherless Printing via LCD & SD Card
  • Requires USB connection to a computer

NEW TO TECH STUDIO

LulzBot TAZ Pro

The new LulzBot TAZ Pro is an industrial desktop 3D printer that provides large, multi-material and soluble support printing with LulzBot’s award-winning reliability. Create large functional prototypes, manufacturing aids, and print-on-demand parts with easy, professional results.

Overview:

The new LulzBot TAZ Pro delivers true multi-material printing, soluble supports, superior 3D print quality, and easy, professional results.

  • Two active-lifting hot ends enable true multi-material 3D printing and complex parts.
  • Large 280 x 280 x 285 mm build volume with the heated plate.
  • Automated X/Y/Z offset calibration, nozzle wiping, and self-leveling features.
  • Hardened steel E3D components enable the printing of soft, flexible materials up to industrial-grade composites.
  • Dual filament runout sensors.
  • Multi-material printing is now available on the TAZ Pro 3D printer.

Print Materials:

PLAyPHAb™ meets ASTM D6400 standards for biodegradability and maintains a dimensional accuracy better than +/- 0.03mm. PLAyPHAb™ has greater UV and impact resistance than PLA, increased flexibility, excellent layer adhesion, produces a glossy finish, and once opened has a tremendous increase in shelf life compared to PLA.

Slicing Software:

Cura LulzBot Edition is a Free Software program that both prepares your files for printing (by converting your model into GCODE), and also allows you to control the operation of your LulzBot 3D printer.

And for those who just want to play… you can select something from the Thingiverse collection of “ready to print” objects or build your own STL file using a fun and friendly (free) program like TinkerCad, BlocksCAD, or SketchUp.  We encourage original designs and would love to help you create something wonderful!

During Tech Studio hours we do limit print job length to 30 minutes or less and these small prints are done for free.  For longer prints, please call to discuss hours and costs as we do charge 5 cents/gram for the filament used in larger prints.

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NEW TO TECH STUDIO

xTool D1 Pro 10W

Accuracy Diode DIY Laser Engraving & Cutting Machine

𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐏𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝟏𝟎𝐖 𝐃𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐋𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐫 𝐎𝐮𝐭𝐩𝐮𝐭: The xTool D1 Pro laser engraver has 60w machine power and 10w output power. Combining 2 laser beams into 1, xTool D1 Pro laser engraving machine is capable of cutting a 10mm wood board and a 5mm black acrylic board in ONE PASS, at a speed of up to 240000mm/m.

Specifications:

  • Machine Power: 60W
  • Laser Electric Power: 40W
  • Laser Module Output Power: 10W
  • Laser Spot: 0.08*0.06 mm
  • Routing Speed: 400 mm/s
  • Working Area: 430*400 mm(16.93*15.75 in)
  • Max. Workpiece Height: 50 mm (2 in)
  • Max. Workpiece Height with X risers: 50mm+X*45mm(each set riser height column
  • Control Software: xTool Creative Space / LightBurn
  • File Type(s): SVG/DXF/JPG/JPEG/PNG/BMP/TIF/CR2, etc.
  • More specifications here

Print Materials:

Unfinished wood chips size:150mm(L)×100mm(W)×1.5mm in thickness, Thin wood sheets can be cut by laser and utility knife. Enough to stand alone with light sanding, glazing, or dyeing

 


Need a little One-on-One Tech Support? 

Book an appointment to get one-on-one tech help!  Please visit the Service Desk or call 970-479-2187 for assistance.

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Setting up an email account
  • Overdrive ebook and audiobook downloads
  • Microsoft Office

PLEASE NOTE- We do not troubleshoot or fix broken devices, and we will not replace parts on your device.

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