The Hive is a space at the library where various “maker” equipment is available for classes, personal use, and collaborative projects.  The rotating equipment is funded by a Texas  Cooperative Library grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, see “Rolling DIY Makerspace” below for more details.  The interactive whiteboard was purchased through a grant from the Hancher Foundation.

Rolling DIY Makerspace

We are part of the Rolling DIY Makerspace rotation! This means that every few months we receive a new set of Makerspace tools and equipment for your use! Currently the Electronics Lab and 3D Design Lab are at TPML. The library will host programs using these tools and equipment, and you can use them too with the proper training and appointment! The Rolling DIY Makerspace offers the use of various equipment and software to design and create items for personal use. For examples of other Rolling DIY labs available and a schedule of the rotation, please visit the Rolling DIY Makerspace website here.

If you would like to order a 3D Print, please fill out the form below. The library does not currently charge for this service, though we may start charging at any point. This form will be updated to reflect this change when and if it is made. Be aware that there is a time restriction of 7 hours per print job, so large, dense objects may not be printable. Those found to abuse the free print system will have their printing privileges revoked.

You must include a URL or .stl file with your form or your form will ignored and you will not be contacted.

You can find objects that have been created by others and are free to print at www.thingiverse.com.

3D Printing Club

July 10th from 6:30-7:30pm in the “Hive” at the library! Welcome all 3D printing enthusiasts! This is an open, inclusive, friendly group. We welcome teens and adults no matter what your skill level is or whether you own a printer or not. Here we will talk about anything 3D Print related: share ideas, Q & A’s, seeking solutions, sell/trade, building “things”, and all else related to 3D printing and the technologies involved, including, but not limited, to anything and all things that make Geeks….Geeks!

Prusa i3 MK2S 3D Printer
The 3D Design Lab will be at TPML from May to the end of July. We will be hosting a variety of 3D printing programs during the summer. If you want to learn to 3D print, check out the calendar for event days and times, or join the 3D printing club mentioned above.
If you would like us to 3D print something for you, contact us to learn how.
  • Please include a description of the item you are wanting to print. Include at least the size you want the item printed in. This can be in any measurement, or if you want it to a certain scale based on the .stl or URL included. You may also include instructions on infill and other specifications if you would like.
    If you choose a material other than PLA, you must provide the material yourself. PLA will be provided by the library. You will be contacted if you select a material other than PLA.
    What color would you like your item printed in?
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  • Please copy and paste the URL from thingiverse or any other free website. The page linked must have the files to print available for download.
  • If you have the .stl file for the object you want printed, please upload it here.

Cricut | Maker

We offer Cricut lessons! Please call Ellen at 830.964.3744 to schedule a session.

If you already know how to use the Cricut, you may schedule work sessions with the Cricut | Maker on Fridays by calling 830.964.3744.

Cricut Maker

The Cricut Maker gives you the freedom to make everything from paper crafts, iron-ons, and vinyl decals to sewing projects, leather crafts, and balsa models. It has blades, including a rotary blade, pens, and a scoring tool.

Simplifies sewing and quilting projects. Choose from hundreds of digital sewing patterns, and Cricut Maker cuts and marks all the pieces – you just sew them together. You can also upload your own images and fonts.

One on One lessons available by appointment. Contact Ellen by phone or e-mail 830.964.3744/ellen@tpml.org or ask for Ellen at the help desk.

Digitizing VHS – By Appointment Only

Learn how to convert VHS to digital format. This will include a demonstration of how to use the converter and software, as well as video editing software if necessary. The first appointment will include a short teaching demonstration of how to use the hardware and software so that you can work independently in future appointments. Be aware that converting VHS is a 1:1 ration on time and will likely require several hours per appointment. Please contact Jamie by either calling the library or e-mailing jamie@tpml.org to set up an appointment.

Elgato Video Capture

Video capture device for Mac, PC and iPad. You can use this to convert analog media such as VHS to digital format. To use this equipment, contact Jamie by phone or e-mail 830.964.3744/jamie@tpml.org or ask for Jamie at the help desk.

Video editing assistance on request when available. User must sign terms of agreement before use. No copyrighted material allowed.