Innovation Lab

Desktop CNC Orientation in November

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Freeman, the Innovation Lab was able to purchase a Nomad 883 desktop CNC from Carbide 3D this summer.  This desktop CNC is a 3D 'carving' tool (essentially a small end-mill) that patrons will be able to use to create objects from wood, plastics and some metals.  Orientation sessions on the use of this tool will be scheduled in the month of November.  After orientation, patrons will be able to make a reservation on the machine in much the same way as the 3D printers or laser cutter/engraver.  Stay tuned for a listing of select dates for these orientation sessions, which will soon be posted on our Events Calendar.  Thanks again to the Friends of Freeman for their support of the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab!

Innovation Lab Maker Challenge

The patrons who use the Innovation Lab come up with some incredibly creative designs and projects, and they'll be showing them off this Saturday, October 1st, at 11 a.m. during the JHLIL Maker Challenge Contest. If you've made something in the Lab during the past three months, there's still time to enter -- but not much!  Follow this link to find the rules and requirements, and register by Wednesday, September 28th. 

- Patrick Ferrell, Innovation Lab Trainer

3D Printer Users Group

Join us in the 3D Printer Users Group meeting in the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab to share your ideas or other experiences of 3D printing.  No registration required.  All are welcome!


9/15/16: Power Up at Your Library Day

Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared Thursday, September 15th as Power Up at Your Library Day to encourage libraries to promote technology, innovation, and creativity.  We are quite happy to participate and have planned a couple of events around this day.  First is "Chain Reactions," which is a drop-in program from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Innovation Lab.  Participants will be able to help construct a Rube-Goldberg machine and enjoy the fun and interesting results.  Second is the Jocelyn H. Lee Digital Media Lab Open House from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  The public will be able to take a close look at this new service and space, which will offer opportunities to create, edit, and convert digital video, images, and audio/music.  An official open date for the Lab is planned for October at a date yet to be determined.  We hope you will join us for both of these "Powered Up" events!

Innovation Lab - March Schedule

The Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab class schedule for March is now available!  Click on the image link below to see or print your own copy.  Please call or visit to register for classes.


Innovation Lab Featured by re:3D

Our friends at re:3D, makers of the Gigabot large-format 3D printer, recently published a blog article on their website about the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab.  As you may know, we acquired a Gigabot for the Lab prior to its completion.  We know many of you have appreciated having access to this impressive piece of machinery, given all of the original interesting and imaginative things that you have chosen to print.  

re:3D's article is a worthwhile read if you are unaware of the brief history of the Innovation Lab or would like to know a little more about why a makerspace was pursued and how we feel about it now after approximately a year in operation.  For those who have taken advantage of the Lab, thank you!  We look forward to seeing how you will continue to learn and create!

Innovation Lab Teen Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Last year, local teen Karan Jerath made use of the Innovation Lab to 3D print a model he designed to address the remediation of deep-water oil spills.  We are happy to report that Karan went on to win the Young Scientist Award and a sizeable cash prize at Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair 2015.  Not only that, Karan recently made Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 List for the Energy Sector.  You can see a photo and description of him on the Forbes website with the model he printed right here in the Lab.  Way to go, Karan!

The Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab is available for you to turn your ideas into realities.  What would you like to make?

January Innovation Lab Class Schedule

The Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab class schedule for January is now available!  Click on the image link below to see or print your own copy.  Please call or visit to register for classes.

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!

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