Access Fort Wayne is the host department of a new initiative for the Allen County Library.

Now Open


Maker Lab at Main

A STEM community project:
S science
T technology
E engineering
M mathematics

Any resident of Allen County may come down to the Main Library to see what is going on at the Maker Lab. There are going to be 3D printers, media converters, PCs with public access to the Adobe Creative Suite, and much more. 3D Printed Items cost is per item once successfully printed via one of our MakerBot Replicator 2 or Affinia 3D Printing Machines dependent on time to print.

$1.00 for items printed in up to an hour.
$2.00 for items printed between 1 hour and 2 hours.
$3.00 for items printed between 2 hours and 3 hours.
$4.00 for items printed over 3 hours.

3D Printing can be achieved by bringing a 3D file in the .obj .thing or .stl file formats. If you do not have the ability to create one of those files you can use some freeware services available on the internet.

    • you can take a tutorial that will easily teach you how to use template objects to build a design for whatever you may wish to print
    • on this site you can create a free user account to save multiple designs, you are able to go back to a design to modify or print again
    • you can browse through already designed items that can easily be downloaded and printed

3D Print objects can take a number of hours to print on the machines depending on complexity of design, size and quality setting desired. Please plan accordingly for this. ACPL Staff must Pause a print overnight as there is a fire hazard to allowing the machines to run while no staff are present.

If you leave a print running please provide staff with your name and contact information as well as a description of the final product.

Interested in Volunteering?
The staff of the MakerLab are looking for community volunteers who know 3D design, Sewing, and Adobe Creative Cloud programs who are interested in spending some time at the MakerLab teaching. Please contact Norm Compton at

3D Printing

Tinkercad class: To sign up for the 3D Printing Class please email Maker Guide.


Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud 

Video Editing

Needed items for video training:

  • External hard drive that uses USB 2.0 or high connections, formatted for PC with at least 80 GB free (Cannot be a USB Jump Drive)
  • Video content to edit, can be almost any video file format
    • Bring in video on hard drive or direct from any camera that can connect to a computer via USB connections
  • Headphones

  • Basic understanding of Windows computer operations, and file management.

Studio E

Studio E is located in the editing area of AFW and has available to all library patrons Garage Band on a Macintosh computer and all the audio equipment necessary to help anyone achieve their goals of being an audio guru.
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