Ideaspace Tool Catalog

Learn more about each of the tools in our growing Ideaspace Collection below, and be sure to check our calendar for upcoming Ideaspace events!

Have a question about one of our tools? Ask our Ideaspace team!

What is it?

A 3D Printer is a tool that turns 3D models into real objects! All of our printers use PLA, a biodegradable plastic. Read our 3D Printing Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

Public 3D printing is now available at the Brookline Village and Coolidge Corner Library locations. To cover material costs, the Library charges 25¢/gram for all public jobs. Interested in learning more or trying it out? Start by reading the Ideaspace Guide to 3D Printing and our 3d Printing Services Policy!

When you’re finished reading, you can Request a 3D Print!

Still need some guidance? You can also check our calendar for upcoming Ideaspace 3D Printing events or email us at brkanswers@brooklinelibrary.libanswers.com to discuss your design or schedule a one-on-one appointment.

What is it?

Our 3D Scanner is a tool that compiles depth measurements and photos into a digital model of an object. Read our 3D Scanner Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

Our 3D Scanner is coming soon; stay tuned for updates!

What is it?

Our Button Makers are tools for creating pin-back buttons out of anything you can print or draw on paper! Read our Button Maker Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

Our Button Makers are coming soon; stay tuned for updates!

What is it?

Our Die Cutter is a tool for cutting and embossing paper using thin metal blades called dies. Read our Die Cutter Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

Our Die Cutter is coming soon; stay tuned for updates!

What is it?

Our Graphics Tablets are tools that let you use a physical pen to make digital drawings. Read our Graphics Tablet Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

Our Graphics Tablets are coming soon; stay tuned for updates!

What is it?

Our Ideaspace Laptops are loaded with high-end hardware and software so you can tackle all of your biggest ideas! They’re equipped to take on audio, video, and graphics editing, professional development projects, and our other Ideaspace technology. Read our Ideaspace Laptop Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

Our Ideaspace Laptops are coming soon; stay tuned for updates!

What is it?

Our Laser Cutter is a tool that cuts computer-designed shapes almost any material up to 1/4″ thick! Read our Laser Cutter Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

Due to its ventilation needs, our laser cutter is currently only available for use at special events. You can find a listing of all Ideaspace programming on our calendar.

What is it?

Our Memory Lab is a collection of equipment for converting your home audio and video into new formats! Read our Memory Lab Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

You can reserve up to 3 hours at the Memory Lab per day by visiting or calling the Brookline Village Reference Desk!

What is it?

Our Sewing Machines will be available for in-library use soon. Read our Sewing Machine Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

Our Sewing Machines are coming soon; stay tuned for updates!

What is it?

Our Vacuum Former is a machine that heats plastic and uses an ultra-powerful vacuum to form molds out of 3D objects. Read our Vacuum Former Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

Our Vacuum Former is coming soon; stay tuned for updates!