The One Button Studio: A Tutorial

HEEELLLOOO ISLANDERS!! It has been a minute since an I-Create Lab blog post! I love making these blogs for you all (even if I run out of ideas most of the time). However, this month I have some very exciting news for you all! As many of you may know, the I- Create lab was under construction last semester. Being built was a One Button Studio. A One Button Studio is a soundproof room that students and staff can use…

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Virtual Reality: The Next Step in Digital Learning

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library is very excited about our next steps on our digital learning journey. Introducing zSpace, a laptop based Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology that makes immersive learning possible without the need of VR headsets.  zSpace technology makes kinesthetic learning possible in areas that have traditionally been impossible or not feasible. Users can manipulate 3D models, pull sections apart, see how they function and interact as a system, and so much more.  This…

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Happy New Year, Islanders!

It’s always exciting to get a new semester started – the energy is off the charts! We’re all in this adventure together and it’s a great way to start the year off. If you’re returning to campus – welcome back! If you’re new to TAMU-CC, welcome to the Island! We’re finishing up some construction projects and putting some final touches on new library spaces. There are some really cool things happening in the library this year. We’ll keep you updated…

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The I-Create Lab’s Most Well-Kept Secret

While you may be familiar with many of the machines of the I-Create lab, there is one machine kept tucked out of sight in the backroom. The Chandler & Price Letter Press is believed to be from 1910 – 1921 though we do not have confirmed documentation for the dates. This large piece of equipment weighs over 1000lbs and rarely leaves its spot in the back room of the I-Create Lab. Just because it doesn’t leave the backroom, doesn’t mean…

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Spooky, Scary Skeletons… and Decorations!

If you passed by the I-Create Lab during October, you may have seen some unlikely decorations. All of October the student workers in the I-Create lab prepared for Halloween. The student workers wanted to show off all equipment in the lab as well as their own skills. Starting with spider web doors done by student worker Soleil. Wanting to show off her own skills rather then a machine. To create the door web, you must create the base of the…

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Hidden Gems in the I-Create Lab

Chances are, you are already aware that the I-Create Lab has many tools for students and community users to use. Star pieces of equipment include our 3D printers, laser cutter, and embroidery machine. While these items are constantly in use, the lab also possesses several lesser-known items that might suit you just as well. Upon entering the lab, patrons can see a variety of equipment. However, they cannot see the many items the lab has ready to rent out. Such…

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Laptop Checkout Kiosks

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library introduced a new laptop checkout kiosk service this week for students, a project that has been in the works since August 2020. Spurring this initiative, the Bell Library recognized a need for this service due to COVID-19 protocols and the variety of instructional methods which further widened digital equity and inclusion. CASA’s Title V Project GRAD grant helped fund the laptops for the kiosks.  The laptop checkout kiosk will help facilitate laptop circulation in the…

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Make It Sew!

Among all the impressive machinery located in the I-Create Lab, along with the laser cutters and large format printers, stands the unique piece known as the Embroidery Machine. The One Thread Embroidery Free Arm Machines allows its user to choose from a select number of built-in designs (405) to create a unique design to embroider into clothing, towels, or any material that will fit under the arm and into the hoop.The 7-inch LCD display screen allows the user to select…

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Holiday Crafts in the I-Create Lab

The I-Create lab has got into the holiday spirit this year with many crafts and decorations. All of this could not have been possible without the help of the Cricut Maker. The Cricut Maker helped create festive houses and ornaments, all by using construction paper and the imagination of our workers! The Cricut Maker can cut many types of paper and vinyl. Vinyl can be an adhesive or heat transfer material, both types come in a variety of colors and…

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I-Create Lab Now Taking Reservations

On June 22, 2020, the Mary and Jeff Bell Library will be reopening to students, staff, and faculty with limited services. The I-Create Lab will also be open with some changes meant to keep everyone safe during these uncertain times. The I-Create Lab will be switching to a reservation-based system for the use of all equipment and study rooms to follow social distancing practices effectively. All reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance through our online reservation…

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