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

Idea Lab

Hands-on learning comes to Baldwin

Explore. Tinker. And learn! Our Idea Lab is our newest space, where big ideas come to life. The Idea Lab is a place of collaboration where all ages and tech levels can explore their own ideas — or to join us for one of our how-to events. The Lab will continue to evolve as new ideas and innovations come along. Next time you’re in the Library, stop in and see what’s new. And check this page often, as it will be updated frequently with new information and events.

Location - View Map

300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009


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

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!

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.

What is 3D Printing?   Click here to view our Idea Lab 3D Printing Info Sheet! Click here to learn more about 3D Printing technology!    Whenever we’re open, we’re happy to show you our 3D printers, and answer any questions you have about this fascinating technology! 


Equipment List

The Idea Lab contains the following equipment:


  • Laser Engraver/Cutter Full Spectrum H-Series 40 Watt  (Cutting area: 20 x 12 in.)
  • Die-Cutting Machine Zing Orbit 24  (aka Vinyl Cutter)
  • Sewing and Embroidery Machine Brother SE1900 
  • Dye Sublimation Printer Epson Artison 1430  (with Cobra Continuous Ink System)
  • Heat Press and attachments (cap, mug/cup, plate)
  • Kiln Paragon SC2 
  • Propane Furnace CastMasters 5kg  (for metal casting)
  • Filament Dessicator Rosewill 6-tray


  • Prusa i3 MK3S (with Multi-Material add-on) (x2)
  • Prusa i3 MK3S (x2)
  • Cetus MK3
  • Creality CR-10 S5


  • Rotary Tool (Dremel) with attachments
  • Soldering Iron
  • Hot Melt Adhesive Guns (large and small)
  • Button Makers
  • 3D Pens


We are open during the following times:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 1pm-9pm
  • Tuesday and Friday: 1pm-5:30pm
  • 1st Saturday of every month: 9:30am-5:30pm

Certified Lab Users, to make a booking, click the link below:

Click here to view our current schedule!

When viewing our schedule, note that the light grey areas indicate our Open Hours, and the dark grey areas indicate Closed Hours.

Contact Us

To contact us to make an appointment in the Lab or to ask any questions you have about the Idea Lab,
please email us at idealab@baldwinlib.org

Laser Engraving and Cutting

The Idea Lab offers the use of our Laser Engraver/Cutter!

To use the Laser Engraver, you must first take our Training Certification Course. This one-on-one training session will teach you the basics of laser cutting and engraving, and enable you book time on our laser engraver for your own projects.

What is Laser Engraving? 

Click here to view our Idea Lab Laser Engraver Info Sheet!


We are always happy to talk about lasers! Stop by and ask us a question anytime we’re open!

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.



We have a selection of materials for use with our Laser Engraver/Cutter!

  • Cardstock, assorted colors – $0.25/sheet
  • 1/8″ Acrylic (Red, White, Black, or Clear) – $4.50/sheet
  • Baltic Birch Plywood – $3.00/sheet
  • Lauan Plywood – $3.00/sheet
  • Standard Plywood – $3.00/sheet


Our computer lab features six computers with a variety of media editing and design software:

Adobe Creative Suite:

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Premiere Pro
  • Audition
  • And Others

3D Modeling and Design Software:

  • AutoDesk Fusion 360
  • Blender
  • SketchUp
  • TinkerCAD
  • And Others

The computer lab is accessible at any time the library is open, but the lab computers do require a pass to use. You can receive a pass from Idea Lab staff or from a librarian at the Adult Services reference desk.

2 Hours Free Parking in Chester Street Deck.

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 and Saturday

9:30 am - 5:30 pm


12:00 pm - 5:00pm

Library Closed

July 4: Independence Day

August 31 - September 2: Labor Day Weekend

September 6: Staff Development Day

November 27: Closing at 5:30 p.m.

November 28: Thanksgiving





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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