Hack LAB

Located at the library's Lakeshore Branch, the Hack LAB gives you access to 3D printing, vinyl cutting, lasering and more.  Curious about why the library is getting into hacking?


Amazing creations in the Hack Lab!
wedding reception place cards

Our first Saturday in the newly renovated Lakeshore Library saw some wonderful creations happen in our Hack Lab.

A young lady came in having seen some beautiful numbers of...

Gryphon's Big Idea: The Interview
Laser cut layered art

Q: Tell me about why you decided to make this piece.
A: I happened to stumble across a multi-leveled laser cut clock that was made out of wood and thought to myself how awesome it would be to make something like that. I remember that I could do that here at the idealLAB so I decided to try and make my own laser cut landscape.

Q: Where did the idea come from, and why did you pick the subjects that you did – the tree, the deer, the lady with the umbrella?
A: At first all I...

King of the Castle!
Castle made on Laser cutter

A few weeks ago I visited the Simcoe County Museum with my children. They had so much fun playing with the vintage style toys. They were simple, made of wood, and had the potential for endless hours of fun. I thought it would be really fun to try making some toys on the laser cutter. Toys our customers could play with and hopefully be inspired to create something...

Not Your Traditional Shower Gift
Framed laser cut art

I wanted to do something special for my friend, a mother to be.
I wanted her to have something that would make her heart fill with glee.

This is a very special moment in her life, and she deserves a gift that was from the soul.
I had to do something original, something unique, and something that cannot be sold.

I knew what to do, visit my local library. They surely have to the tools.
I grab my card stock and frames, and pulled up a stool.

Turned on...

Tiki Time
Jon's Tiki Bar

My parents have a friend who is quite proud of his tiki bar. He was in need of some cheering up so they asked me to laser cut a sign for his tiki bar. The first step was to sketch it out on paper to figure out what the finished product would look like, then I was ready to start working in InkScape. There I created all the basic shapes - I drew the mask but downloaded the leaves and flower shape from the internet. The mask and flowers were going to be appliqued to the top of the sign so they...



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