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 Thingiverse.com 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:

Announcement: Innovation Lab

Who are these people in this random photograph?  They're HCPL administrators Ron Lucik and Gene Rollins, along with representatives of Rice & Gardner Consultants, Inc.  What are they doing in the library's Quiet Area?  Two words: Innovation Lab.  What's that?  Well, in short, it will be a place where people of all ages can come and imagine, collaborate, and learn using unique creative technologies.  Here is just one of the many things you might see in this space once it's completed:  Click here to see something cool.  

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