The library invites you to check out our Makerspace at the Northwest Branch!

What is a Makerspace?

A makerspace is a creative, DIY place where people can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. Makerspaces are as unique as the people they serve - artists, builders, crafters, graphic designers, engineers and even those who just tinker, are all “makers” in their own way. This gives them a space to explore new skills.

Hours

  • Mondays: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 2 - 5 p.m.

Want to learn a new program or activity? Check out our organized classes. All other times that the makerspace is open will be Open Studio time. This will be hands-on, self-guided yet supervised time where you can learn about what interests you. What will you make?

Class Schedule

3D Design Basics

Learn how to use Tinkercad to design objects that can be printed on a 3D printer! Children 10 or younger must have a parent attend class with them. Participants must have a valid email address to set up a Tinkercad account during the class.

  • Thursday, Nov. 8: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 10: 2 p.m.

3D Printing Basics

Learn how to use a 3D printer! We will provide an overview of 3D printing applications, the parts of the machine, types of filament, the 3D printing process, and safety and troubleshooting. Children 10 or younger must have a parent attend class with them.

  • Thursday, Nov. 1: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 3: 2 p.m.

DIY Electronics Club for Adults

Hobbyists! Join our group and explore DIY electronics! Bring your own maker project, or team up with someone and create one. We will learn about microcontrollers, robotics, 3D printers, programming languages, wearable technology, and other design projects. Bring your Raspberry Pi, Arduino, LEDs, sensors, or other misc. projects for collaborative learning and show-and-tell!

Meets in the meeting room.

  • Monday, Nov. 12: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Homeschool Activity Day in the Panther Lab

Each month, the library hosts homeschool families in the lab for class designed just for them. This month’s class will be on the Prototyping with Cardboard. Interested in inventing? Come join us for an exciting opportunity to learn the basics of prototyping, from planning and design to creating a model of how your invention works. No experience necessary, just bring yourselves and your ideas.

  • Thursday, Nov. 15: 2 p.m.

Prototyping with Cardboard

Interested in inventing? Come join us for an exciting opportunity to learn the basics of prototyping, from planning and design to creating a model of how your invention works. No experience necessary, just bring yourselves and your ideas.

  • Saturday, Nov. 17: 2 p.m.

Stop Motion Animation

Record a video frame by frame to create your own improvisational animated sequence. Use materials in the lab to build your characters and design your set, or bring your favorite props from home!

  • Saturday, Nov. 24: 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 29: 6 p.m.

Teen Tech Night

Explore new technology with friends, no expertise needed! We’ll learn the basic uses of computer parts, machinery, and the latest gizmos and gadgets.

Meets in the meeting room.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 6: 4 - 5:30 p.m.

What does the Panther Lab offer?

  • 3D Printers
  • 3D Scanner
  • Robotics & Electronics Kits
  • 27” iMacs with Adobe CC Suite
  • Virtual Reality Simulation Headset
  • Sony Camera and Green Screen
  • Vinyl Cutter

Who can visit the Panther Lab?

Panther Lab is open to anyone. You don’t have to live in Fort Worth, or even have a Fort Worth library card to participate. (But everyone should have a library card!)

Last updated: Oct. 29, 2018