TechZone@Main is the solution to all of your technological needs. We have over 40 computers available to the public for free. Our knowledgeable staff can help you if you have any computer-related questions. If you need some more in-depth technology help, we teach free computer classes at branches and the Main Library computer lab, and we’re also available for individualized help at our 1 on 1 Tech Help desk. All TechZone staff are passport acceptance agents and Notaries. So if you need a passport or need something notarized for free, stop in or give us a call to make an appointment.
TechZone is also Akron-Summit County Public Library’s makerspace. What is a makerspace? It’s a place for making, learning, exploring and sharing.
TechZone is open to artists, entrepreneurs, small business owners, hobbyists, and creative types of all kinds. We have a variety of tools available for free or little cost. Some examples include recording studios, laser engraver, vinyl printer, green screen room, design computers, button/magnet maker, media transfer station, and more.
Creating something yourself is what a makerspace is all about. You have the idea. We have the tools. Come make your thing.
Prior to using TechZone, all users must review our TechZone Rules and Procedures and sign a Hold Harmless / User Agreement. Read, print, and sign in TechZone or do it from home and bring a signed copy to your first appointment.
Find a 3D design – or create your own – and watch it print right before your eyes! Toys, tools, prototypes, inventions, tchotchkes – bring the file and we’ll print it for you at a cost of $1 per print hour.*
|TechZone 3D Printer Basics|
Use the button maker to create buttons or magnets to promote your business, campaign, band, or brand. We have three options of sizes: the cost is 25¢ each for the 1.5” size, 30¢ each for the 2.25” size and 45¢ each for the 3”.*
|TechZone Button/Magnet Maker Basics|
|TechZone Button/Magnet Maker Instructions|
Where your design dreams become a reality. Use our design computers to start developing your ideas using Adobe Creative Cloud, Corel, and the Microsoft Office suite.
|TechZone Design Computers|
Epson F2100. Print logos, graphics, text, and pictures directly onto t-shirts with the Epson F2100 Direct to Garment (DTG) Printer. Bring your own design and shirts. The cost is $6.00 per print.
|TechZone Direct to Garment Basics|
Want to interview someone or make a commercial and then superimpose your subjects onto a virtual background? Then the green screen is for you. We have lights, cameras, and instructions if needed.
|TechZone Green Screen Basics|
|TechZone Green Screen Instructions|
The heat press is available to use for free. It’s necessary if you are using our Direct to Garment Printer; you bring your own heat transfer sheets to cut on our Silhouette Curio; or you have made your own heat transfers elsewhere and just need a heat press to use. It’s the final step to personalized shirts.
Laminate an award, artwork, ID card, or anything else worth preserving. We have two different sizes of laminate pouches: 8.5”x11.5” and 9”x14” and they are 40¢ each. *
Etch your logo or design into a variety of materials. Make the design yourself or find something online. You can use the laser engraver/cutter to make complex designs, or simply etch text, pictures, or patterns.
|TechZone Laser Engraver Basics|
|TechZone Laser Engraver using CorelDraw|
|TechZone Laser Engraver on a Round Object|
Do you have negatives, VHS, pictures, super 8mm, Vinyl LPs, or cassettes that you would love to have a digital copy? Then this is the station for you.
|TechZone Media Transfer Basics|
Did you take pictures with your phone, digital camera, or tablet on vacation, at a special event, or when you were out and about? Use our photo printer to get a hard copy of those snapshots. 4x6 photos are 25¢ each; 5x7 photos are 50¢ each. *
Record music, interviews, or podcasts using TechZone’s Recording Studios. Our studios include have virtual instruments, music loops and studio quality recording software to help you sound great.
|TechZone Recording Studio Basics|
|TechZone Recording Studio Instructions|
Mend an item or create something new using TechZone’s Elna 3230. Bring your own bobbins and thread.
Do you like to scrapbook or make homemade cards? Then let the Silhouette Curio help you cut out fun shapes, draw cool sayings, etc. It’s a crafters dream! Create a file and color, etch and/or cut it out using this extremely versatile machine.
|TechZone Make a Card file Silhouette Studio|
|TechZone Make a T-shirt Silhouette Studio|
Use the background and lighting provided by our Studio in a Box to take professional photos of your items to post on eBay, social media, or your website.
You bring the design. We have the materials to advertise your business or decorate a room by printing banners, stickers, or window clings on our vinyl printer. Vinyl options available to print on with this machine are: vinyl matte/gloss, glossy paper, static clings, adhesives, and heat transfer. All vinyls are $2 per foot + $1 setup fee*.
|TechZone Vinyl Printer Basics|
|TechZone Vinyl Printer Cut Line Tutorial for Adobe|
|TechZone Vinyl Printer Design Banner in Publisher|
* Pricing does not include sales tax. TechZone pricing and equipment subject to change.
Our dedicated TechZone staff are here to assist you with your project by explaining equipment/software, speaking from personal experience, providing training materials, and answering questions to the best of our ability.
Call or email with questions or to book an appointment on one of our machines.