Maker Tools

Get creative at the library! FVRL offers crafting and maker programs at its branches as well as tools you can use at the library for your own personal projects. 

We currently offer these tools:

3D printers

Intricate blue bowl being created by a 3D printer

FVRL has 3D printers available for public use in staffed library programs. Community members can also get certified to use the 3D printer outside of regularly scheduled events.

3D certification:

  1. Attend a workshop. If you don't have prior experience with 3D printing technology, attend the library’s Intro to 3D Design and 3D Printing Open Lab workshops. Or take a course through lynda.com (free with your library card!):
  2. Take the certification course. At home or in a library, watch FVRL's online certification training, which provides an overview of our 3D printing guidelines, an introduction to our printers and software, and the basic skills needed to complete certification.
    • Teens ages 12 -17 must certify with an adult. The certified adult must be present during 3D printing sessions with their minor child.
    • In-person certification workshops may be offered periodically. Check the library's events calendar for upcoming dates.
  3. Get certified. After completing the online training, make an appointment at the library to demonstrate your basic printing skills and knowledge of our guidelines. Certified users should feel comfortable using 3D printing tools independently, with minimal staff help.
  4. Drop-in to use the 3D printer. After you're certified, you can drop in at Battle Ground, Cascade Park, La Center, Three Creeks, or Vancouver to work on projects independently. Please note that certified use of a 3D printer is on a first-come, first-served basis. Certified users must monitor the printing equipment during the entire printing process.

Sewing machines

Woman sewing quilt on sewing machine

FVRL has a sewing machine available at Vancouver Community Library. Here's how to use it!

  1. Attend a class. If you're a beginner, check the calendar for our Introduction to Sewing Machines workshops.
  2. Drop in: To work on your own projects, show your library card and sign our annual Sewing Machine User Agreement at the Level 4 staff desk. Please note that use of the sewing machine is on a first-come, first-served basis, and that teens ages 12–17 must be supervised by an adult.
  3. Bring your own materials. 
  4. Use the sewing machine independently. Be comfortable using the machine without staff help, and sign out when you're done.