Innovation Studio/3D design

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What is the Innovation Studio?

  • The CPPL Innovation Studio provides a space for everyone in Calcasieu Parish to learn about emerging technologies and bring their creations to life.
  • Graphic arts design, film editing, 3D design, app creation and coding are just a sample of what this space holds for you!
  • The studio is located inside Central Library on 301 West Claude Street in Lake Charles.
  • The Innovation Studio was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. CPPL received $24,892 from the IMLS Sparks! Ignition grant, allowing us to purchase a 3D printer ($2500).
  • The grant also allowed us to develop the CPPL Innovation Studio App and contract a local artist to redesign the space.
  • Take a Virtual Tour


When can I use the room?

  • The Innovation Studio is open to all Calcasieu Parish residents. 
  • There are two ways to access the studio:
    • View the CALENDAR for maker hour events as well as other activities occurring in the Innovation Studio.
      • Anyone is invited during these times to use the studio and its equipment.
      • Space is limited to 16 people at a time and is based on a first-come first-serve basis.
      • Children ages 10 & under must be attended by an adult.
    • Need to schedule an appointment?
      • This option is open to organized groups and schools, as well as individual adults who already know how to use the equipment.
      • Contact the Central Library at cenref@calcasieulibrary.org or call (337) 721-7116.
  • Can't make it to the Innovation Studio, but need something printed? Request it.


Is it FREE? Does it cost?

  • Everything within the studio is FREE except for printing.
  • Printing Costs are:
    • Black & White Prints: $.20
    • Color Prints: $.50
    • 3D Prints: $1.00 per file regardless of object size/weight.
    • Objects that require multiple files will be charged accordingly to the number of 3D files submitted.


Who designed the room?

Picture of local artist Erik Jessen


What's in the room? 3D printer and what else?

Makerbot Replicator 2

  • Consumer-level 3D Printer
  • Prints in PLA (polylactic acid) bioplastic
  • Build size: 11.2 x 6 x 6.1 in. (285 x 153 x 155 mm)
  • Manufacturer's details
  • Bring your own files (.stl format) to print!
  • The Maker software is used.

Adobe Creative Suites w/ 27” Touchscreens

  • Two 27” Dell XPS Touchscreens
  • One has Production Premium
  • One has Design & Web Premium

Sharp Aquos 70” Smart Screen

  • Smart screen technology
  • On portable stand

3Doodler

Miscellaneous Software

  • Camtasia Studio 8

Cube Pro

  • Professional grade 3D printer
  • Prints up to 3 colors at a time; supports PLA, ABS, & dissolvable natural PLA
  • Max build size (Single head printer): 11.2(w) x 9.06(h) x 10.6(d) inches
  • Max build size (Double head printer): 9.56(w) x 9.06(h) x 10.6(d) inches
  • Max build size (Triple head printer): 7.89(w) x 9.06(h) x 10.6(d) inches
  • The Cube software is used.

Laptop & iPad Mini Lab

  • 16 Dell laptops
  • 10 iPad Minis
  • Software: Office 2010, Photoshop Elements,
    Tinkercad, Sketchup, Scratch,
    Blender and Autodesk Design

Miscellaneous Equipment

  • Green Screen
  • Canon Powershot Digital Camera
  • Samsung High Def Camcorder
  • Blue Yeti Microphones
  • Sound Cancelling Headphones

 Compatible 3D file formats

  • .stl
  • .obj
  • .thing


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