Idea Lab

****Coming Soon****

What Is An Idea Lab?

Our Idea Lab is a place where cutting-edge technology has been made available for public use. Livingston Parish Library invites you to use our equipment to bring your creativity to life. From simple to complicated projects, the Idea Lab is where you can transform concepts into reality.

Equipment

3D Printer: MakerBot Replicator 2
  • One of the company’s most successful 3D printers, the 4th generation Makerbot Replicator sports a steel chassis, LCD screen with on-board controls and SD card connectivity. Optimized for MakerBot, its Polylactic Acid filament (PLA), doesn’t have an odor, sticks without sliding, and makes beautiful things. Visit our 3D printing guide.
3D Printer: LulzBot Taz 5
  • The LulzBot TAZ is a versatile, high-performance desktop 3D printer for industrial users that respects your freedom to create. The LulzBot TAZ is critically acclaimed and was named “Best overall” 3D printer by Make magazine. Visit our 3D printing guide.
3D Scanner: MakerBot Digitizer
  • Scanning with the MakerBot Digitizer is a fast and easy way for anyone to create 3D models. Turn physical objects into 3D digital design files in approximately 12 minutes. The scanner is optimized for the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer and the two can work easily together to make your freshly scanned models.
Sewing Machine: Singer 7285
  • This SINGER Stylist 100-stitch pattern sewing machine features adjustable sewing speed, push button stitch selection, and an automatic needle threader. It also has 10 presser feet, well suited for almost any project a sewer may have in mind.
Button Maker
  • Are you a fan of button swag? Make your own button designs or try some of ours with the Idea Lab’s button machine. You’ll have new decorative wear in minutes.
Virtual Reality: HTC VIVE
  • Experience room-scale virtual reality! VIVE is powered by SteamVR, offering seated, standing, and room-scale VR experiences. Freely explore and interact with the virtual world like never before. New VR titles will be added constantly.

Hours

Monday/Wednesday/Friday
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday
4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
One-On-One Sessions upon request

Location

Denham Springs-Walker Branch
8101 U.S. Hwy. 190 Denham Springs, LA 70726

  • Turn onto Eden Church Road from U.S. 190 through the roundabout. Turn left into the Denham Springs-Walker Branch back parking lot.
  • The Idea Lab is on the left once you enter the library building.

Staff

Jennifer Oglesby is our digital services librarian who oversees the Idea Lab. Contact her here.

3D Printing Resources

Livingston Parish Library is proud to be the first library system in the state to offer 3D printing services (since 2013)! Our 3D printers now have a new home in the Idea Lab.

Submit a 3D Design

Visit our 3D printing guide to learn how to submit your design for printing and more.

Choose a Pre-Designed Model

Thingiverse is a 3D design community where users share 3D printable things. Choose a printable design to create on our 3D printer.

Create Your Own 3D Design

Create your own design with tinkercad.com! It’s an easy-to-use 3D design software that allows users to create their own unique concepts and export them for printing on 3D printers.

Frequently Asked Questions

“What if I don’t know how to use any of this equipment? Can you teach me?”

Yes! You do not have to be an expert to use the Idea Lab equipment. If you have questions, ask. Our staff can help. If your project involves the use of a piece of machinery you are unfamiliar with, we request that you schedule a one-on-one session with an Idea Lab staff member so we can devote 100% of our attention to teaching you what you need to know. Schedule a one-on-one session here.

“What if I have a project idea and I can’t figure out how to bring it to life? Will Idea Lab staff help me?”

Yes! That’s what we are here for, to help you make your ideas a reality. However, we request that you schedule a one-on-one session with an Idea Lab staff member so we can devote our undivided attention to your project. Schedule a one-on-one session here.

Tips for One-On-One Sessions:

Have a clear goal in mind for the session. Chances are you won’t become an expert or complete an entire project in one session, so have a clear goal set for what you would like to accomplish.

Have a list of questions/ideas. Write down questions or ideas beforehand so you don’t forget to ask them during your session.

Bring your project/sketches with you to your session. It’s easier for our staff to help if we have a clearer picture of what’s going on. A model or sketches of an idea helps point us in the right direction.

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All branches of the Livingston Parish Library will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving.

All branches will resume regular business hours on Saturday, November 25.