Today, I was a “Maker”. I transformed and created using technology! In December, I heard that the Johnson County Library had access to 3D printers that people could use. This was intriguing but wasn’t enough to get me up there to take a look. However, when I browsed the website, I discovered that the offering was much more than 3D printer access. The Johnson County Central Resource Library has an area called the “Maker Space”, sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and Black & Veatch and generous donations by Ewing Marion. Anyone can reserve or walk-in to use equipment ranging from small CNC routers, Vinyl cutters, 3D printers, Die cutters, Audio Visuals, and my current favorite, LASER CUTTING! I wish I had one of these in my basement. I doubt I could justify the cost, but I can think of a hundred things to do with it!
My daughter and I decided to check it out this afternoon and took some stemless glass tumblers and my latest blog logo (in greyscale) to see what we could do. The schedules are packed, so be prepared to reserve in advance or wait. But, it’s a library. There is plenty to do while you pass the time!
The attendants on duty were awesome and helped us get a jump start on showing us how to set up our file and to run the machine with appropriate settings. It was a fun satisfying way to spend my afternoon!
For those that are attending the quilting retreat in September, I plan to have a special giveaway…