Innovation Lab

HCPL at Houston Mini Maker Faire

The Houston Mini Maker Faire this year is bigger and better than ever!  We will be there representing HCPL and the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab to share all of the many cool and fascinating things that we do in our library system.  One of the more interesting things you may see is a life-sized 3D printed costume designed by a young maker named Nickolas, pictured left.  You can read more about this unique creation and the Maker Faire here.  

The Faire takes place this Saturday, 11/14/15, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  We hope to see you there!

Summer Happenings in the Innovation Lab

The Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab has been a very busy place this summer!  Kids, teens, and adults have all taken advantage of many of the hands-on activities, including circuit building, laser cutting and engraving, engineering challenges, 3D printing, and much more thanks to Patrick Ferrell, Innovation Lab Assistant, and an able and willing group of Lab volunteers.  If you're curious about all the goings-on, you can take a look at the photo album.  Also, be sure to take a look at this month's Innovation Lab program calendar to see all of the fun and interesting things you have the opportunity to learn right here at your library!

Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab Now Open!

We are excited to say that the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab is now open for business!  The grand opening and open house was held on Saturday, February 28th, from 10:00 AM.  You can catch some of the pictures here as well as a video here.  Free, hands-on classes on a variety of topics are now available to the public.  Registering for any of them is as easy as a visit or a phone call.  

You can also take a look at the new "Make @ HCPL" link on the left side of this page.  From there, you can learn more about all of the maker activities at other branches, find out more about the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab at Freeman Library, or schedule time on the 3D printers or laser cutter/engraver.  

We hope you will make use of all of the maker programs and services the Innovation Lab and the library has to offer.  Call or visit us today to learn more!

Meet our new Innovation Lab Assistant

We are pleased to introduce our new Innovation Lab Assistant, Patrick Ferrell.  Patrick has extensive educational and work experience in both physics and mechanical engineering and brings with him an enthusiasm for maker learning and activities as well as plenty of great ideas to provide inspiring, interesting, and fun programs in the Lee Innovation Lab.

Got Tools?

Our local Ace Hardware store recently donated several tools for the developing Lee Innovation Lab.  Thank you, Ace!  However, our Friends of Freeman Library are pleased to accept from the public a few more things:

  • - Dremel rotary tool
  • - Sandpaper - 80-800 grit (variety)
  • - SAE and metric wrenches, standard and socket
  • - Crescent/adjustable wrench
  • - Hammer(s)
  • - Stainless steel rule(s)
  • - File set
  • - Calipers (digital)
  • - Tweezers, straight and angled point
  • - Needle-nose pliers
  • - Precision screwdriver set
  • - Multimeter
  • - Torx key set
  • - Wire cutter/stripper
  • - Linesman pliers

If you can help us with any or all of these things, please let us know!

3D Printing @ Freeman Branch Library - First Customer

Alex was HCPL's first 3D printing customer, and what she created didn't disappoint! She found and printed from the site a free model of the Infinity Orb from the recent movie "Guardians of the Galaxy," which can be accessed here.

You too can start using this fun and fascinating technology of the future right here in the present. Visit the library or call 281-488-1906 to register now for one of several 3D printing orientation sessions available this month at Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library:

  • - Thursday, 9/11, 7:00 PM
  • - Saturday, 9/13, 10:30 AM
  • - Wednesday, 9/17, 7:00 PM
  • - Monday, 9/22, 7:00 PM

Innovation Lab - 3D printing update

We recently found a very practical way to test re:3D's large-format Gigabot 3D printer.  Recognizing that we would need lettering to mark the Lee Innovation Lab in its eventual home on the second floor, we found a font we liked, tweaked it, converted it to the proper format, and let the printer do the rest.  We had to change the filament

3D printers have arrived!

Our Innovation Lab 3D printers have arrived!  Both our MakerBot Replicator 2 and local company re:3D's printer, the Gigabot, both arrived recently, and we couldn't be more excited!  Each day we move ever closer to the Innovation Lab, where the public will be able to use and learn about creative technologies such as 3D printing.  We are eager for everyone to have access to this equipment and all it can do, but we ask for your patience as we try both to learn about these devices ourselves in order to help you learn as well and to finish construction on their permanent home in the Innovation Lab upstairs.  We hope for construction to begin very soon, so stay tuned!

3D Printer has arrived!

We are pleased to welcome a new addition to Freeman Branch Library!  Our first 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2, arrived yesterday.  This is one of the first big steps that gets us a little closer to the Innovation Lab, a place where everyone can come and create with fun and exciting technology such as this.  We look forward to providing you with more updates on our progress with the lab and all of its components over the next several months.  Stay tuned for more as we move forward into the future at Freeman!

Innovation Lab - Floor Plan

We're very excited about the rough plan architects have put together for our Innovation Lab, which is projected for a summer or fall opening later this year.  The lab will have quite a few fascinating and engaging technologies to offer to all ages, and we look forward to making it available to you!  To see a larger imagine of this floor plan, select the document attached to this blog below.

Here is a key to to the numbers marked on the plan:

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