Located on the first floor in the Business & Technology Center, the MakerLab gives Barrington Area Library cardholders access to a variety of cutting edge tools including 3D printers, a laser cutter, CNC machine, and vinyl cutter. The MakerLab also features MakerKits for a range of age levels and technical abilities. There is something for everyone, so stop in today and make something at your library!

MakerLab is open to Barrington Area Library cardholders

• Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, 16 or older, at all times

• No food or beverage is allowed in the MakerLab

• Room capacity: 8


Quick Links

Submit 3D Print Make an Appointment Equipment List
Materials and Cost Instructions MakerLab Policy
Software Classes MakerKits


3D Printer

Submit a 3D File: Fill Out This Form

Barrington Area Library cardholders may use the 3D printers at a cost of $.10 per gram of filament. The maximum file size of an object is 5.7" x 5.7" x 5.7" and the maximum print time must be less than 6 hours. After the print is complete, staff will notify you and ask you to please pick up the print within the next 7 days from the Business and Technology desk, on the first floor. The Barrington Area Library will not print weapons or look alike weapons.

File Formats



Schedule an appointment to use Carvey

Barrington Area Library cardholders may use the Carvey to etch and cut out wood during a one on one appointment or during Carvey programs. We have 1/8" 3.5" x 5.5" bamboo and baltic birch woods available to purchase. If you would like us to consider your new, custom material, please e-mail us.

File Formats

Design is done in a web-based software, Easel. Some .svg files can be imported into Easel.

Laser Cutter

Schedule an appointment to use the laser cutter 

The Epilog Mini is able to etch & cut wood & acrylic up to 12" x 24" & will be used in library programs or by appointment.
To view upcoming programs, please visit our Events Calendar.

Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine

The Cameo is a versatile cutting machine that uses software to cut intricate shapes, stencils, patterns, & designs on a variety of materials including adhesive vinyl & cardstock. Barrington Area Library cardholders may bring in & cut their own approved materials.
Approved Materials
Vinyl, paper, cardstock, scrapbook paper, & heat transfer material.

File Formats


3D Printer

Download a project file from Thingiverse OR Design your own 3D file with Tinkercad.

Project Instructions:
See what we have made in MakerLab and follow step by step instructions to make your own!
Download a 3D file from Thingiverse   (VIDEO)
Tinkercad 3D Design for Beginners      (VIDEO)


Silhouette Studio software basics (VIDEO)

Pop-Up Greeting Card

Materials and Cost

3D Printing

PLA - $.10 per gram of filament


1/8" Baltic Birch
Full sheet - $5.00 (8" x 12")
$.06 per square inch

1/2" Birch
Full sheet - $5.00 (8" x 12")
$.06 per square inch

Laser Cutter

1/8" Acrylic
Full sheet - $8.00 (8" x 12")
$.08 per square inch

1/8" Baltic Birch
Full sheet - $5.00 (8" x 12")
$.06 per square inch


12" x 12" adhesive vinyl (sticker paper) - $1.00
12" x 12" transfer paper - $1.00
10" x 12" heat transfer vinyl - $1.50
8.5" x 11" cardstock - $.10


MakerKits are a great way to begin tinkering in the MakerLab & feature hardware to support a range of technical abilities. Kits can be checked out by Barrington Area Library cardholders for two hours, for use in the MakerLab. Please note that a parent or responsible caregiver (age 16 or older) must accompany and directly supervise children age 8 and younger.


Make in MakerLab - LED Circuits
Getting Started Guide - Arduino

Ages 10+


Make in MakerLab - Build GRIPP3R
Getting Started Guide - EV3

Ages 10+


Make in MakerLab - WeDo Animals
Getting Started Guide - WeDo

Ages 8+


Make in MakerLab - Waving flag
Getting Started Guide - littleBits

Ages 8+

Makey Makey

Make in MakerLab - Game controller
Geting Started Guide - Makey Makey

Ages 8+


Make in MakerLab - Bridge
Getting Started Guide - Strawbees

Ages 8+


MakerLab has laptop computers with the following software:

Corel Draw

Microsoft Office
Retina Engrave
Silhouette Studio