MAKERKAR – Library Makercart
The MAKERKAR Library Makercart is a fablab on wheels for indoor use with on board:
- lasercutter with air filter
- soldering iron, drill
- drawers for tools
- drawers for material like wood, vinyl, cardboard, paper etc
The MAKERKAR is designed for locations where there will be no fixed fablab, but where you nevertherless want to be able to 'make': libraries, schools, hospitals, community-centers etc.
Click here for photos of the Prototype. (may load a bit slow)
Our libraries have redefined their function as: making knowledge in any field accessible and offer digital literacy to empower people with 21st century skills.
For that role I set out to develop a generic Library Makercart that:
- would pass through a standard door
- could be taken to locations by existing transport
- could be tailored to groups
- could be adapted to machines
- is parametric
- Open Source is the spirit of FabLab
- replicable for any library or school worldwide.
We constructed a frame from 30x30 aluminum extrusion profiles.
Yes, the MAKERKAR carries a lasercutter. The educational ambition is more elevated than the fostering of creativity with the simpeler carts one can see in many American libraries.
The laser itself will be in the top compartment of the cart. All existing and announced desktop lasers are under one meter in length and will fit: the FullSpectrum 5Gen, Glowforge, MUSE, Dremel LC40, but also diodelasers like the MrBeam II and Emblaser 2.
The MAKERKAR can be envisaged as a mobile version of the Maakplaats021 makerspaces of the OBA Public Library of Amsterdam.
As the cart is aimed for indoor use, there is space for an air filter. The prototype carries a FullSpectrum on the top shelf and a Canyson air filter underneath. Plus a watercooler and the air assist compressor.
If you do not have a filter, you can exhaust to the outside with a tube as usual.
When later in 2018 the Glowforge with its attachable filter becomes available, it can be put on the lower shelf. The Canyson filter is then no longer required and its space reclaimed for more drawers or even a small CNC-mill.
Under the lower shelf there is space for a Ultimaker2Go 3D-printers and the Cameo3 vinylcutter.
And there are drawers for tools and materials.
On both sides a panel can be flipped down for the laptop to control the laser and for an Ultimaker.
The cart can be closed by a standard roll-up banner with a cassette of 101,5 cms long, which makes the total length of the cart 112 cms. The cart is 128 cms. high and 71 cms wide, so passes through doors. It can also be carried on a Europallet.
A library can easily personalize the cart as the roll-up banner can be printed with any design they choose.
A MAKERKAR can be constructed anywhere in the world out of 3x3 T-slot aluminum profile.
No welding or drilling, just bolting it together. The 9 mm wood panels can be cut on any lasercutter that handles 120 cms. Only the banner needs to be drilled.
For anyone that want to build a Makerkar there is an Instructable with a Bill of Materials here. To be completed June 2018