Makerspace Equipment

Makerspace Area Policies

  • The makerspace is closed on Sundays.
  • New projects cannot be started during the hour before the library closes. If a customer is already using a machine they must finish what they are working on at least a half hour before close.
  • All equipment requires customers to complete the general safety training.


Laser Cutter

The La Vista Public Library has a Universal Laser Cutter available for public use. The full policy on this machine's usage can be read here: Laser System General Use Policy

In general, the following requirements need to be met to use this machine.

To use the laser cutter customers must...

  • Be 16 years of age or older.
  • Complete the required general safety training.
  • Sign the "Laser System Usage" agreement form.
  • Set up a time to use the laser cutter at least 30 min. in advance. To ensure the safety of the customer and the equipment, a staff member will need to be nearby while the laser cutter is in use. We recommend you schedule your time at least the day before.  
  • Using the machine is FREE. However, customers can purchase materials (such as wood, coasters, and glassware) from the library for their projects. 
  • If customers bring in their own materials to cut, they must also bring a tag or receipt showing what the material is made of. Some materials cannot be used in the laser cutter as they will cause damage to the machine, the user, and/or the library. A list of permitted and banned materials can be read here: Approved and Banned Materials

3D Printer

The La Vista Public Library has a Makerbot Replicator + 3D printer available for public use. The full policy on this machine's usage can be read here: 3D Printer General Use Policy

To use the 3D printer customers must...

  • Be 16 years old to use the machine unsupervised.
  • Children ages 12-15 may use the machine if supervised by an accompanying adult (not library staff). 
  • Sign the "3D Printer Usage" agreement form.
  • Set up a time to use the 3D printer at least 30 minutes in advance. This helps insure the machine is available and there are enough staff to help if you need assistance.
  • Use only the filament provided by the library. Other brands of filament may ruin the machine.
  • Pay for the filament they use. The cost is 10 cents per gram. Customers must pay for the filament even if the model does not print correctly.