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STEAMworks: Tools

How to pay

Rohrbucks on the table

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.

$ ⇩  Hit the top link below to see our prices   


Shapeoko CNC Machine

Cost: KU students: $1/hr, class-related work; $2/hr, club-related work; $5/hr, personal projects; $10/hr, for-profit work; Other users: $20/hr

Shapeoko CNC machine

Shapeoko CNC Machine

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. 

Cricut Craft Cutter

Cost: $2/ft.2 if you weed & tape the vinyl yourself; $5/ft.2 full-service

Cricut Maker cutting machine

Cricut Maker

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.) 

Drawing Table and Light Pad

Drawing Table, and Light Pad

Glass drawing table

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.

3D Printers

Cost: Seven cents per gram of filament plus 25 cents/hr of printing time


Prusa i3 MK2S FDM, Cartesian

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.




Printrbot Simple Metal FDM, Cartesian

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.




Folger Tech Kossel 2020 Rev. B FDM, Delta

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.




Formlabs Form 1+ (Kutztown Technology Association)  SLA

The KTA sometimes runs its printer at STEAMworks. Its technology differs from that of the printers above, using lasers to harden liquid resin.



Prusa 3D Printing Handbook ➣

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.

Printrbot documents ➣

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.

Folger Tech Kossel 2020 build manual ➣

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.




Sewing Machines

Janome Sewing and Embroidery Machines

Janome MC200e Embroidery machineJanome 8077 sewing machineThe 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. 


Vinyl Cutter

Cost: $2/ft.2 if you weed & tape the vinyl yourself; $5/ft.2 full-service

Roland GS-24 

This high-quality vinyl cutter is a digital precision instrument capable of quickly making lettering, decals, stickers, and a lot more.

Roland Vinyl Cutter Roland Vinyl Cutter

Matter and Form 3D scanner

Matter and Form 3D Scanner

Matter and Form 3D Scanner

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.

Scanned on our little machine, printed here (in black) and uploaded to Thingiverse.


For a more unusual (indeed, one-of-a-kind!) object that was scanned and printed here, visit our Instagram to see the clay original and its smaller plastic replica.

Wacom Intuos



Wacom Intuos drawing tablet & stylus

A digital drawing tablet offers a great way to use graphic design software. Its surface recognizes differences in pressure that translate into thicker and thinner strokes on your canvas. In Photoshop, Illustrator, and even in simpler programs like Paint you can use this Wacom tablet much as you do a mouse, but with far greater control and precision.


Image at right, © 2018 Shannon Rosser

Steam Cat in space (B&W), by Sarah RoeskeSteam Cat in Space (color), by Sarah RoeskeSTEAMcat, reading and getting a great idea    Crescent moon shining over a small planetAnimated GIF of panda flying to a moon

Simon Steamcat, drawn and shaded by Sarah Roeske on the STEAMworks Monoprice tablet! 

                         Planetary scene tablet-drawn here by a 14-year-old.


Handheld image scanner


Taotronics handheld scanner, 1050dpi

Handheld scanner on a magazine page

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.




Benchtop Power Supply


Korad KA3305D programmable DC power supply

Korad power supply in use

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.




Cost: 50 cents/linear foot (width is 25 inches); Rush jobs: $2 minimum

GBC Ultima 65 Thermal Laminator

Heat laminator

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.








Dremel Rotary Tool

Dremel rotary tool set with motor and bitsWe'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.

Dremel Workstation 220

Dremel Workstation 220

Small drill press, holding a Dremel rotary tool

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.







Iron & Mini-Iron

Sunbeam small travel ironHandheld mini ironWe 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.



Button & Fridge Magnet Maker

Cost: Twenty cents per button ~ Fifty cents per magnet

Button machine and circular cutting die

Button Machine, Instructions, and Campus Button ChartThe 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. 

PSD format           One-layer:   JPG format     BMP (bitmap) format

Color printing's available here or at the library's Main Desk. An 8½"x11" sheet costs a single Rohrbuck.


Templates for makers

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. 

One-layer templates:       JPG format              BMP (bitmap) format


Guides to the machine



Some buttons made at STEAMworks


Quincy Rohrbach, Simon the Steamcat, Ed Snowden...we're all about the buttons.

What sort of badge, or pin, or whatever you call it, will you create at STEAMworks?

Monochrome Thermal Poster Printer

Cost: $3/print (24" roll); $4/print (39" roll)

Fuji Pro Image XL 3000

Monochrome thermal printer

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.

Thermal printer reversed


The finished product  is on flimsy paper like what comes out of a receipt printer or FAX machine. But, WAY bigger.

Traditional Tools

Many, many tools

 Real-time inventory of STEAMworks tools

Vice  Flat Head Drivers Sizes 3/8, 5/16, 1/4, 3/16; and Torx Drivers Phillips Head Drivers Sizes #2 - #4, Tape, First aid kit, and Misc. Drivers 

Hand Saw, and Replacement Blades Hammers, varying in sizes.  Wire Cutters, Wire Strippers, and Locking Pliers Wrenches varying in size, and Allen wrenches varying in size Rivet gun and rubber bands  Needle Nose Pliers, Tape Measure, File, and Dental Tools Magnifying Head Lamp, C clamps, Squares, Staple Gun, and Flashlight

  • Dewalt cordless drill
  • Screwdrivers
  • Allen wrenches
  • Wrenches
  • Hand saws
  • Fine point tools (Dental tools)
  • Tweezers
  • Razor blade knives & box cutters
  • Tape Measures
  • Hammers
  • Pliers
  • Wire strippers
  • Tin snips
  • Volt-ohm meter
  • Staple gun
  • Magnets
  • Mirrors
  • Condenser lens
  • Brushes
  • CR1616​ batteries
  • Button maker (1.5")
  • Metal spudger set
  • Hand crank flashlight
  • Helping hands soldering stand
  • De-soldering wick
  • Locking pliers
  • Rivet gun
  • Lighted visor magnifier
  • Putty knives

See an up-to-date inventory of our tools

Studio Camera & Video Software

Canon EOS Rebel T6i, plus Dragonframe and OBS Studio software and Adobe Creative Cloud 2015

Canon Rebel DSLROur 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!

Eiffel Tower leaping around a cow pastureAfter 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.)


To encourage discovery, creation, and learning—beyond the conventional—by supplying. tools, inspiration, and know-how to spark the making, exploring, failing, sharing,trying-again, teaching and experiencing that make for a rich education.


Rohrbach Library | RL18
Kutztown, Penna., USA
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Tel: 484-646-4175
Miguel Nieves



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Tue, 10am-7pm
Fri, 10am-4pm
Sun, 3pm-5pm
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