Kutztown University's Open-Access Makerspace
A few of our services have costs: we require payment to support the materials and maintenance needed to offer you chances to keep making great stuff! We cannot take cash; instead, pay us using Rohrbucks, our custom "copy cards" available in the KU Student Bookstore in denominations of $10, $5, and $2, or use the hard-earned Bear Bucks on your KU ID card or Paw Pass.
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Outfitted with a powerful router and a laser, this little rig will do your bidding to shape and cut woods as well as other materials according to your digital designs.
This is not your Nana's Cricut! The Maker, new flagship of everyone's favorite line of home crafting workhorses, is a tiny CNC titan that works from a web interface to cut and draw on not just vinyl and paper, but also fabric, leather (!) and some woods (!!) and metals (!!!).
Check these free, ready-to-make projects! (With the Design Space software at STEAMworks, and the right materials, you can get right into cutting these great pre-designed projects.)
Our glass drawing table on wheels is a pleasure to use. You can tip the tabletop to tickle your tastes in tiltedness.
We have a lamp beneath the drawing table, but for the amazingly mobile tracing-table experience you'll want to fire up the ultra-thin Lifecolor pad. Power it via a USB cable; dim or brighten it with a simple touch.
Make magazine chose this baby as #1 in its 2017 3D-printer shootout, in three categories: Outstanding Open-Source, Best Value, and, oh yeah, Best Overall. We'll never know how the plucky Czechs hauled it all the way from Prague to Kutztown in six days.
We have two Printrbot Simple Metal printers ready for you to create your next 3D project. If you need to do some troubleshooting, see the online documentation links in the other tabs.
Exciting to watch, this temperamental (it's currently out of commission) star of the 3D printing scene at STEAMworks includes, in the grand reprap tradition, a lot of plastic pieces that are, themselves, 3D printed. It has a heated bed and can print with ABS or PLA filament.
The KTA sometimes runs its printer at STEAMworks. Its technology differs from that of the printers above, using lasers to harden liquid resin.
This excellent guide from Prusa Research in Prague, Czech Republic explains our i3 MK2S printer. Drivers & firmware here!
Its build volume is 250mm x 210mm x 200 mm (9,84" x 8,3" x 8"). It can print with a half-dozen different materials including PLA and ABS, and its bed is differentially heated.
There are tons of YouTube videos and web discussions about this rugged little beast. Be sure to search for the "Printrbot Simple Metal" when you're doing your research.
The Simple Metal has a build volume of 150mm on each axis (6" x 6" x 6" cube); it prints with PLA filament and does not have a heated bed.
Peer into the guts of our delta printer. The FT Rev. B's build volume is 210mm on the X- and Y- axes and 310mm on the Z (8¼" wide & deep, 12" high); it can print with PLA and ABS and has a heated bed.
The Janome 8077 computerized sewing machine (left) is a rugged, easy-to-use workhorse with 30 stitches, each one of which can be configured along several parameters.
Our Janome MC200E embroidery machine (right) has a hoop that spans 6¾" and a USB port; it can upload your digital designs and bring them to life in fabric and thread.
This high-quality vinyl cutter is a digital precision instrument capable of quickly making lettering, decals, stickers, and a lot more.
Our Matter and Form 3D scanner, the size of a shoebox, will scan small objects that fit on its six-and-a-half-inch turntable. Using reflected laser light and two cameras, it creates a 3D file that you can edit, remix, and ultimately recreate on a 3D printer.
Image at right, © 2018 Shannon Rosser
Simon Steamcat, drawn and shaded by Sarah Roeske on the STEAMworks Monoprice tablet!
Planetary scene tablet-drawn here by a 14-year-old.
This scanner saves your images as PDF or JPG files that you can stitch together (if you're scanning something bigger than a normal piece of paper) using Microsoft's free ICE software.
This dual-channel power supply gives you up to 30 volts and 5 amps from each. With its multiple memories and precise fine-grain control, it's perfect for prototyping circuits and powering your dream project.
It's not so much a DIY tool, usually, but we do offer lamination services during most of the library's open hours.
You can drop lamination jobs at the library's Main Desk any time and pick them up there with a 24-hour turnaround. When STEAMworks is open you can bring them straight to us for faster service!
This machine takes a good long while to heat up, so allow at least 15 minutes of turnaround time.
We're told the Dremel rotary tool can spin more than thirty thousand RPM—and with a respectable amount of torque, too.
Our motor has 15 speed settings, and there's an array of fittings for sanding, polishing, grinding, routing...really, it's the electric Swiss Army Knife.
it's simpler to list the things you can't do with a Dremel.
That would be dentistry, here at STEAMworks. We draw the line at dentistry. Please. Don't.
But always do wear eye protection when using this thing. We've got goggles galore.
Essentially a tiny drill press, this handy benchtop rig holds our Dremel rotary tool and enables you to wield it with precision and with superhero-worthy control, at angles that aren't limited to just 90 degrees.
We know how to bring the heat. With our Sunbeam travel iron, and our even-smaller handheld mini-iron-on-a-stick, your sewing and crafting projects will never be without hot flat objects to keep them in line.
Use these for putting heat-transfer vinyl on your clothes or on your coffee mug. They're handy tools in situations where a little heat will help.
"Little" refers to their size, so don't be careless with these genuinely hot little items.
The STEAMworks button maker turns out high-quality 1.5-inch buttons. It is admirably user friendly, and instructions are on display to help you achieve buttonmaking mastery. Ours is one of many button makers at KU!
Here's a template (it's a PSD file, so you must open it in Photoshop or in the GIMP) with layers so you can accurately place and size your images to make epic buttons. Photoshop is available on all KU lab computers.
Color printing's available here or at the library's Main Desk. An 8½"x11" sheet costs a single Rohrbuck.
PSD multi-layer template (Must first download, then open in Photoshop.) Layers enable you to easily place and size your images to make great buttons. Photoshop is available on all KU lab computers.
What sort of badge, or pin, or whatever you call it, will you create at STEAMworks?
Scans letter-sized documents & prints them 2' x 3' or even larger, in a single color. You can choose to have the color (blue, black, green, red, or maroon) as the foreground or as the background.
The finished product is on flimsy paper like what comes out of a receipt printer or FAX machine. But, WAY bigger.
Our studio includes the greenscreen and this reliable DSLR camera with video and audio capability, professional-grade lighting, and a pair of sturdy tripods.
Our iMac has an array of software that can help you turn your visions to high-quality video productions, and to achieve amazing edits with still images as well.
It looks like this.
You can use the greenscreen along with many types of video and still image applications to key out the background and transport yourself or your subject to a different place and time. It's magical!
After we printed a model of the Eiffel Tower, we photographed it in front of the greenscreen and transported the iconic structure to a cow pasture just this side of Virginville.
(Again, it's a bit more spectacular on our Instagram.)