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?


Cheryl's Big Idea
Painted baby onsies

Needing a gift for a friend who is expecting, Cheryl had an idea and headed to the ideaLAB's vinyl cutter. Patterns were made and laid onto a baby onesie. Fabric paint was used and was dabbed over the vinyl cut template with a sponge brush. The vinyl was peeled off after paint was dry and ta-dah, a home-made personalized baby gift!


Make that Unique Special Occasion Card!
Laser cut cards

Come and visit our Hack Lab at the Lakeshore Branch. Bring your ideas and see what can happen, cool birthday or anniversary cards made by hand and personalized by YOU!! Our staff will be happy to assist you to Laser cut your own unique cards.

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...



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