Makerspace

Welcome to the Riverland Library Makerspace!

3D Printer Request Form

Purpose 

Experiment! Design! Create! Welcome to the Makerspace!

The purpose of the makerspace is to support the learning of students of Riverland Community College. The makerspace provides access and encourages collaboration and creativity through technology. The makerspace is open to Riverland Community College students, staff, and faculty. The makerspace hours follow the library's regular hours of operation during the academic year. Some features of the makerspace are only available with staff assistance or appointment.

 

Hours of Operation:

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Available Equipment

iMac (1): 2.3GHz Dual-Core Processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz 1TB Storage

iPad (2): 10.2-inch Retina display.

Cricut Maker (1): The Cricut Maker quickly and accurately cuts 300+ materials, from the most delicate paper and fabric to the tough stuff like leather and basswood. Cut sewing patterns in just a few clicks. The Cricut Maker offers the broadest range of tools for cutting, scoring, writing, and adding decorative effects.

MakerBot Replicator+ 3D Printer (1): The Replicator + printer software allows you to select and print models from pre-designed websites like Thingiverse and MyMiniFactory. 

3Doodler-3D Printing Pen (1): Make simple 3D art with the 3D pen! This pen can draw horizontally and vertically. Use the 3Doodler: to create unique art on large surfaces or in the air to turn your art 3D, fix or repair small homeware, design fashion items, jewelry, home decor pieces, and build 3D models of 2D drawings to test ideas and verify calculations.

 

Policies 

Checkout Policy 

Some of the materials for the Makerspace are available for checkout at the circulation desk. Bring your student ID or a photo ID with your tech ID to check out materials. Those checking out iPads must sign the iPad Borrower Agreement form. iPads are loaned for 2 hours and must not leave the library.

 Items should be returned 30 minutes before closing.

Items listed below are available for checkout/usage and must not leave the library:

  • iPads
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Masking tape
  • 3D Printing Pen
  • Vinyl for Cricut
  • Cricut Mat
  • Construction/cardstock paper

3D Printer Policy & Procedures

  • All 3D printed requests must be submitted and approved by a library staff member by submitting a 3D Printer Request Form.
  • In times of high demand and at the discretion of Library staff, there will be a limit of one print job per day per person.
  • When requests have been approved, a staff member must be present to supervise the printing. Staff will manage the printing queue.
  • The 3D printer may only be used for lawful purposes. Users may not use the printer to create unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or anything that poses a threat to another's well-being. 3D requests that are obscene or have inappropriate objects, including weapons, will be denied.
  •  The 3D printer may not be used to print anything subject to copyright or trademark protection. 
  • Cost: There will be no fee for using up to 49 grams of filament in the printing process.    
  • The library cannot guarantee that all digital models can be effectively printed with our equipment. 
  • Library staff reserves the right to deny any request. 

This policy is based on the practices of Wyckoff Pubic Library.

 

Design: The MakerBot Replicator can fabricate 3D models from any 3D design software capable of exporting a .stl file. Other 3D drafting software may be used to create a design as long as the file can be saved in .stl file format in post-creation. Users can bring in their 3D models designed on other 3D software via flash drive. The 3D printer has built-in software to design, create, and print in the same space. Users can also find pre-created and modifiable digital designs from websites such as Thingiverse.comMyMiniFactory.com, and Pinshape.com

3D Design Software

Printing Time: Once the file has been uploaded, the MakerBot Replicator+ will determine the time needed to complete the job. For longer print jobs, (2 or more hours) users can begin a print job and come back to pick up the object at the circulation desk object after it's complete. Library staff manages the 3D printer queue, and users may have to wait based on the job and hardware speed. 

 

Contact

Please fill out the form below to submit a virtual reference request with a librarian. 

Virtual Reference Request

For 24/7 assistance, use askmn.org

Email: library@riverland.edu

Phone: 507-433-0533

Library Technician: Jasmine Zacate
Jasmine.Zacate@riverland.edu
507-433-0533

Librarian:  Jeannie Diggs
Jeannie.Diggs@riverland.edu  
507-433-0571 

Library Closed: November 11th, 26th, & 27th

Library Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.