Main Library · MakerSpace · Mini MakerSpace

Not quite ready to tackle a complicated engraving project or use the 3D printer? Want to introduce your child to creating with fun and easy-to-use equipment? Then our Mini MakerSpace is the ideal place to get started.

American Button Machine

The Basics

Running for student body president? Have a favorite band? Whatever your obsession, use our button maker to show your enthusiasm with a personalized, self-made button. The button maker is quick and easy to learn! Create buttons using fabric or paper designs.

Features

  • Durable steel nickel die
  • Built-in center pivot for faster processing
  • Creates 1.5 and 2.25 inch buttons

What You'll Need

Use of the machine is free. Ask a staff member or reserve the equipment online. Below are templates and instructions for each button size.

Button machine accessories must be purchased in the MakerSpace.

Bring your own design – images must be scaled to 1.75 or 2.6 inches in diameter and saved as JPEG, GIF, PNG, or .DOC to be printed. You can also bring a hard copy of your image if it’s ready to go.

Cost

  • Button: $0.10 per button
  • Magnet: $0.15 per button
  • Keychain: $0.40 per button

Ellison Machine

The Basics

Stamp out a variety of shape silhouettes with an Ellison machine. Make flashcards for your classroom, decorate a nursery, cut out your own holiday decorations, create signs for your next big party or celebration, and add life to your school projects. All you need is craft paper and you’re ready to begin!

Features

  • Can cut multiple sheets at once
  • Dozens of pre-made die to choose from

What You'll Need

Use of the machine is free. Construction paper is available. You may bring your own construction or craft paper. Ask a staff member or reserve the equipment online.

Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Tool

The Basics

Design your own shapes, or use pre-designed ones. Cut out vinyl decals, customize apparel, or make stickers.

Features

  • Images can be imported in other formats (JPG, BMP, PNG, and GIF), traced over with the system’s designer studio software, and then cut
  • Machine can cut: paper, cardstock, adhesive cardstock, adhesive vinyl, fabric, heat-transfer material (e.g., designs that you could iron on cloth), printable heat-transfer material, rhinestone templates, temporary tattoo paper, vellum, and magnetic paper

What You'll Need

Use of the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Tool is free. Vinyl is available for purchase. Ask a staff member or reserve the equipment online.

You’ll need to bring a design in a common image format to be converted. You may also choose a ready-made design from the software’s library. The Library only sells adhesive vinyl and paper. If you would like to use a different material, you’ll need to bring that with you.

Cost

  • Vinyl: $2.00 per linear foot
  • Paper: 15 cents per page