300 W. Merrill St. Birmingham, MI 48009 | (248) 647-1700

Idea Lab

Remote Services available at The Idea Lab

Due to the small size of our facility, it is not possible to maintain safe social distancing within our lab. Therefore, The Idea Lab will be closed to the public until further notice.

However, we are happy to be able to offer a variety of ways to serve you safely, with our remote services! Stay tuned to this page for the latest information on what The Idea Lab has to offer.


3D Printing Now Available

3D Printing is back! Submit your 3D models, we will print them out, and you can pick them up using our Curbside pickup or Grab-and-Go options! For more information, see our 3D Printing section below.


Upcoming Virtual Programs

Virtual Lab Hours



Get help with your projects, or talk shop with Jeff, our Idea Lab Supervisor!

IDEA LAB LIVE on Instagram!


Hang out with Jeff on IG Live as he rebuilds an older 3D printer from the bottom up. Follow the Library on Instagram at @baldwinlib.


Baldwin’s Idea Lab is manufacturing face shields for COVID-19 relief efforts. If you’d like to donate money to this cause, you can make a tax-deductible donation online now.

Location - View Map

300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Library Hours

Monday to Thursday
9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday
9:30 am - 5:30pm
12:00 - 5:00pm

3D Printing

The Idea Lab provides 3D printing services to you! If you have something you would like 3D printed, simply provide us with your 3D model files, and some information about what you’re printing. Your print will be added to the queue, and we will contact you to come and pick it up when it is done!

If you are unable to submit your request through this form please contact the Idea Lab for assistance.

3D prints typically cost around $0.03 per gram, plus a $1 printing fee. Certain high-end materials (such as metal or wood type materials) will cost more than $0.03 per gram, and you will be informed of any increase prior to printing. Once your print has completed, it will be weighed to determine the total cost.

Per our User Agreement BPL reserves the right to halt, delete or disallow the creation of items that violate Library policy, including the creation of weapons and illegal items; and to manage the 3D print queue to best accommodate demand from the Lab’s many users.    


Contact Us

Email: idealab@baldwinlib.org

Phone: (248) 554-4659


Materials List


PLA – A versatile, durable plastic. Made from plant starches. The most popular material for 3D printing.

Available In: Black, White, Grey, Red, Orange, Yellow, Gold, Light Green, Dark Green, Turquoise, Transluscent Blue, Purple, Pink, and others.

PETG – An especially rigid plastic. Desirable optical properties.

Available in: Clear, Transluscent Orange, and others.

COMPOSITE FILAMENTS – These are specialty materials which blend plastic and other particles such as wood or metal. (Additional cost for premium filaments between 5 and 10 cents per gram)

Available in: Wood, Bronze, and others.

For more information on 3D Printer filament types:  Click here for a helpful article comparing all currently marketed filament varieties.


    Free Parking in Chester Street Deck through September 1

    Metered street parking around Library

    Free Parking on Sundays



    300 W. Merrill St.
    Birmingham, MI 48009

    Library Hours

    Monday to Thursday
    9:30 am - 9:00 pm

    Friday & Saturday
    9:30 am - 5:30pm

    12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Library Closed

    September 5-7, 2020 - Labor Day Weekend 

    Baldwin Library Idea Lab


    Explore. Tinker. And learn! The Idea Lab is our newest space where big ideas come to life and where people of all ages and tech levels are welcome. Drop in or sign up for a skill- or project-based class or make an appointment today to learn how to use our 3D printer or laser engraver. We also have a variety of tools available, including an embroidery machine, soldering equipment, design software, and more.

    Curbside Pickup

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