MAKERKAR – Library Makercart


<This is a work in progress>

The MAKERKAR Library Makercart is a fablab on wheels for indoor use with on board:

  • lasercutter with air filter
  • 3Dprinter
  • vinylcutter
  • soldering irons
  • electronics
  • scissors, cardboard, glue, paper etc
  • but no CNC

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.


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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.

The result is a frame constructed from 30x30 aluminum extrusion profiles.
Which - for the prototype - is bolted to the wheels of a standard library bookcart.



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 MAKERKAR has serious tools and can be envisaged as a mobile version of Maakplaats021 of the Public Library of Amsterdam.

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 Glowforge, FullSpectrum 5Gen, MUSE, Dremel LC40, but also diodelasers like the MrBeam II and Emblaser 2.

Air filter

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 BOFA AD Access filter underneath. Plus a watercooler and the air assist compressor.
If you do not have a filter, you can exhaust to the outside as usual.

When later in 2018 the Glowforge with its attachable filter becomes available, it can be put on the lower shelf. The BOFA filter is then no longer required and its space reclaimed for more drawers.

Other equipment

Under the lower shelf there is space for two 3D-printers Ultimaker2Go and the Cameo vinylcutter.
And there are drawers and panels for tools and materials.
On both sides a panel can be flipped down for the laptop to control the laser and for an Ultimaker.
There are many nice-to-haves built in like a whiteboard on the back and <add>

The cart can be closed by a standard roll-up banner. Its cassette is 101,5 cms long, which makes the total length of the cart 108 cms. The cart is 70 cms wide, passes through doors.
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.
Click here for the Bill of Materials and the Instructable.