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

Idea Lab

MARVIN Instructions

DALEK Instructions

Bender Instructions

R2-D2 Instructions

GIR Instructions

CLICK HERE for Mechanical Steampunk Box Kit assembly 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.

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.

  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 Programs


Tuesday, September 7th through Friday September 10th (while supplies last)
The Idea Lab is clearing out some space! Through the week of September 6th, we’re selling some of our equipment and supplies, to make room for new and different things. We’re giving yo uthe chance to grab a bargain on tools, electronics, materials and more! Sale takes place Tuesday 9/7 from 9:30am to 1:30pm, Wednesday 9/8 from 12pm to 9pm, Thursday 9/9 from 9:30am to 9pm, and Friday 9/10 from 9:30am to 5pm.


. Turn the crank, and watch the myriad gears spin in unison while the lid is mechanically lifted by clever linkages. Like something Jules Verne would use to store his mysterious trinkets! Kits available for pickup on Monday, September 27th. (Registration required. Limit one per household.)
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

November 24: Thanksgiving Holiday - Closed at 5:30 p.m.
November 25: Thanksgiving Day - Closed All Day

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:

    November 24: Thanksgiving Holiday - Closed at 5:30 p.m.
    November 25: Thanksgiving Day - Closed All Day

    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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