octavia lab


3D prints made by 3D printer
Andrea Borchert, May 06, 2020

There’s a lot of news right now about 3D printing medical equipment. But what does it all mean, and what is 3D printing?

Octavia staff playlists
Amanda Mellor, May 05, 2020

Over the past month, the Octavia Lab, the do-it-yourself makerspace at Central Library, has transformed itself into a light manufacturing center making face shields for the local medical community combating the cor

Face shields made by 3D printing machines in LAPL's Octavia Lab.
Bob Timmermann, April 22, 2020

When the library's Octavia Lab opened in June of 2019, it was envisioned as a collaborative work-space for creatives, makers, and hobbyists.

No-sew fabric face mask
Amanda Mellor, April 20, 2020

All Angelenos are required to wear non-medical face coverings in public to limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 at this time. While bandannas and scarves are good starting points, what if you want to wear a fabric mask?

The holiday tree in the Central Library Rotunda
Vi Ha, December 03, 2019

Each December we face a design challenge of decorating a 15-foot noble fir tree in the Central Library’s rotunda.

3 childrens book covers
Tina Princenthal, October 23, 2019

A nightmare more terrifying than you can imagine…the party supply store on the eve of Halloween! The hordes of customers, the cries and screams of fitting-room meltdowns, flimsy costumes at horrifyingly high prices!

Mount Rushmore heads plus Amanda's head
Amanda Mellor, August 12, 2019

Be truly green, save time, money, and resources by traveling via green screen. Go anywhere, any time, any dimension from the comfort of the Octavia Lab.

Wow, that only took you 15 minutes!

3D printed image
Amanda Mellor, June 11, 2019

Ever think about designing your own toys, creating a personalized gift, prototyping your invention, or even replacing a broken oven knob?

close up to the gumball machine in the octavia lab
Vi Ha, June 10, 2019

Looking for Inspiration for a project? Need a good fortune to help you out on a bad day?

drawing of Octavia Butler
Vi Ha, June 11, 2019

“Habit is persistence in practice.”—Octavia E. Butler