Visitors of the Chicago Public Library will have a chance to get a close-up look at 3D printing technology and even try it out for themselves very soon.
The library has announced that it will be opening a CPL Innovation Lab at the third floor of its centrally-located branch, the Howard Washington Library Center. The innovation lab serves as a venue for the library to experiment with new technologies and ideas and bring those innovations to the public.
The lab’s first project is the Maker Lab, a pop-up fabrication lab that will provide the public with free access to 3D printers, laser cutters, a vinyl cutter, a milling machine, and more.
Aside from open lab hours, the Maker Lab will also offer programs and workshops throughout its seven-day schedule.
The Maker Lab will be open to the public for six months, starting on July 8th through the end of December. At the end of the six months, the library will evaluate the project and consider bringing it to other branches in the city.
The Maker Lab was created in partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry and is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Chicago Public Library Foundation.