Be creative with the Carvey! The library provides various opportunities for our community to experiment and learn. The Carvey machine was donated by the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation.

A Carvey is a computer-controlled milling machine for turning ideas into real projects. It engraves, shapes, and carves designs into pieces of wood, plastic, and other materials. Watch how it is used.

custom sign

What can I make?

With the Carvey, you can make a wide variety of objects including custom stamps out of linoleum, personized signs out of wood, and more.  

How do I get started?

  • Look for inspiration and designs to download on websites like Shopbot or Inventables Projects
  • Develop your own unique design using Easel, the free web-based software for creating projects specifically for the Carvey
  • Save your project into Easel and cut it out at an open Maker Lab

When can I use the Carvey?

  • The Carvey is available for use during open Maker Lab hours in our 2nd floor meeting room:
    • Canceled-Sunday, June 18, 2-3:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 22, 2-3:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 10, 6-7 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 12, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • You can estimate the cutting time required in Easel and add 15 minutes for setup

Who can carve?

Indian Prairie Public Library cardholders can use the Carvey with assistance from library staff.

What are the specifications?

  • Size: maximum size is 12 in. x 8 in. x 1 in. high
  • Materials: wood, plastic, acrylic, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), and similar materials
  • Materials must be in new condition

What materials are available?

  • The library has on had to purchase:
    • Birch plywood. Size: 8 in. x 12 in. x 1/2 in. thick. Cost: $3.00
    • Two Color HDPE plasic. Size: Size: 6 in. x 6 in. x 1/4 in. thick. Cost: $2.50
    Birch2 color variety hdpe
  • There is no charge if you bring your own materials and they comply with the specifications listed above.  You can purchase your own materials at: