Use our 3D carving machine to engrave, etch, inscribe, and carve designs into pieces of wood, plastic, and other materials. Indian Prairie Public Library cardholders can submit a request to be made by staff.
Pictures above were made by staff and patrons using our Carvey.
The Carvey was donated by the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation.
How do I get started?
- Design your own file using Easel
- Save your file and submit the design on our website
Our number one priority is our community’s health. To coincide with the Governor’s and CDC’s recommendations to help eliminate the impact of COVID-19, we are closed. We currently anticipate re-opening on Wednesday, April 8. We are not accepting Carvey requests at this time.
Discover more design ideas on the Inventables Project page.
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
- Designs must comply with our policy
What materials are available and what are the costs?
- The library has two types of material available for purchase:
- Birch plywood. Size: 8 in. x 12 in. x 1/2 in. thick. Cost: $3
- Two-color HDPE plasic. Size: 6 in. x 6 in. x 1/4 in. thick. Cost: $2.50
If you submit a request and do not pick it up, we will add the cost of the printed item to your library card account.
- 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:
Set your material and material dimensions before designing. We offer birch plywood: 12” X 8”, $3; and two-color HDPE: 6” X 6”, $2.50. If you want to carve on another material, you will need to provide it.
- Select your bit setting: We have 1/8, 1/16, and 1/32 bits. You should use the biggest bit possible to create your design.
- Set your cut depth: the bigger the number, the deeper the cut. Simulate your design before submitting. Orange paths mean the carving bit is too big to carve out that section of the design. Resize the design, or change to a smaller bit.
- Fonts: We recommend using Track or OCR. They are clear and readable at large and small sizes. Other fonts can be too intricate for small sizes.