Activities

Tinker Lab Activities

3D Printing

Print your 3D design on our 3D printers (cost is $.07 per gram for PLA or ABS plastic filament). 3D printing is available on a first-come, first serve basis, and the time to print varies by object. We can give you a fairly accurate estimate of how long an object will take to print and how much plastic it will use before you print.

Laser Engraving

Use our Epilog Zing 30-watt laser engraver to cut or engrave your design or photo on wood, cork, paper, mat board, marble, acrylic, anodized aluminum, cotton, denim, twill, fleece, glass, or leather. The laser engraver can be used for $0.05 per minute (bring your own materials to engrave). Make a reservation to use the laser engraver. It is also available for walk-ins on a first-come, first serve basis.

Results vary depending on material and engraving/cutting settings. When engraving on a new material, we encourage testing on a small area before engraving your full object.

Cricut & KLIC-N-KUT

Use our Cricut or KLIC-N-KUT machines to cut out your designs on vinyl, paper, or cardstock. Use our machine for free. We charge a small fee for materials (it’s free if you bring your own materials to cut).

littleBits

Learn about electronics with our littleBits sets of easy-to-use, color-coded, magnetic, electronic building blocks that empower you to create inventions, large and small. Ages 8 to ∞. Price: Free.

Perler Beads

Arrange colorful Perler beads on plastic pegboards to form patterns, then fuse them together with an iron ($0.50 per large pegboard; $0.25 per small pegboard).

Dash Robot

Dash is an intelligent robot that provides hours of creative play and educational opportunities. Dash is designed to grow with your child, with everything from remote control and ball launching to obstacle courses and block-based programming challenges. Ages 6+. Price: Free.

Raspberry Pi and Arduino

Explore the internet of things, computing, programming, and microcontrollers by building projects with our Raspberry Pi and Arduino kits. Price: Free.

Shaper Origin (Handheld CNC Machine)

Shaper Origin is an easy-to-use handheld CNC that combines computer-guided accuracy with hand-held familiarity. Cut with precision, flexibility and efficiency. Origin locates itself in a workspace using shaper tape and makes continuous real-time adjustments to keep your cuts following your uploaded design file.

Inventables X-Carve

CNC carve your designs out of wood, plastic, or aluminum. Inventables’ Easel software makes it simple to design a project from scratch, or to import an existing sketch or file.

Digital Media Lab Activities

Audio and Video Recording and Editing

Equipped with a video camera, green screen, lights, microphones, and sound-dampening padding, our Digital Media Lab is a great place to record and edit your audio and video footage.

Photo and Video Digitization

Convert your old slides and negatives to digital photos, and convert VHS, super-8, and 8mm video to DVD. Price: $2.00 per DVD.