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

Idea Lab

CLICK HERE for Mechanical Keyboard Assembly Instructions Video 

Laser Engraving/Cutting Services are back!

We have acquired a new laser, and our cutting/engraving services can now resume. We’re still only offering remote services for now. Stay tuned for updates on hands-on use of the laser, and other equipment.

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.


Format Conversion now available

We are now accepting various forms of analog media for conversion to digital formats.

Currently accepted formats are:
•Video Cassettes (VHS, VHS-C, 8mm/Hi8/Digital8, DV and MiniDV)
•Audio Cassettes
•Vinyl Records, LPs, etc. (33/45/78)
•1/4″ Reel-to-reel audio tape
•Film Slides (35mm, 110, 126, 127, and odd sizes)
•Film Negatives
•8mm and Super 8mm motion picture film

And we are also able to extract data from older digital formats including 3.5″ and 5.25″ floppy disks, Zip disks, Jaz disks, etc., and convert their contents to formats compatible with modern computers.

Contact us via email or phone if you would like to have materials converted.

Idea Lab Now Accepting Requests for Remote Laser Cutting/Engraving and more!

(Note: Laser cutting/engraving is currently unavailable due to equipment malfunction)

The Idea Lab is now taking requests for additional remote services. Laser Cutting/Engraving, Embroidery, Die Cutting and other requests may be submitted via email at: idealab@baldwinlib.org

If you are making a request for remote services, be sure to include all relevant files, artwork, measurements, etc.

 Items and materials to be cut/engraved/embroidered, etc., should be delivered to the IDEA LAB DROP ZONE located outside the front entrance to the library. Call the number on the bin when you are dropping off your item

  If you are dropping off items or materials, make sure to label them with your name and contact info.

 Only drop off items or materials once you have already made your request via email, and received confirmation from Idea Lab staff.

The Idea Lab is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or theft of personal belongings.

  3D Printing Now Available

 Submit your 3D models, we will print them out, and you can pick them up using our Curbside Pickup service, or by retrieving them from our Grab-and-Go area. For more information, see our 3D Printing section below.

 Upcoming Virtual Programs


Starting August 11th, pick up a kit to assemble a handsome organizer for your nightstand or dresser, to keep your phone, glasses, watch, keys and other items neat and tidy. First come, first served. Limit one per household.


Register by Monday, August 2nd to receive a customized collar tag for your pet! Choose from a variety of shapes and colors, enter the text of your choice, and The Idea Lab will laser cut a durable, lightweight acrylic tag for your furry friend!
Registration Required: you’ll be notified when your tag is ready for pickup.
Click here to register.



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–Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Holiday Closures

Saturday, September 4 - Monday, September 6: Labor Day Weekend

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.

There is currently no charge for 3D printing.

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 Two-Hour Parking in Chester Street Deck

    Metered street parking around Library

    Free Parking on Sundays



    300 W. Merrill St.
    Birmingham, MI 48009

    Library Hours:

    Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

    Holiday Closures:

    September 4 - 6, 2021: 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.

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