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Welcome to the Hamilton City Libraries Auaha makerspace. Auaha is a new community and technology space at the front of the Central Library.
What is Auaha?
Auaha is a space for our community to come in and learn how to use creative technologies through self-directed learning. It's a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring and sharing. You can do projects which require high tech or no tech tools. There is some cool tech available as well as lots of opportunities to explore and find new interests. We are keen to promote sustainability by up-cycling pre-loved materials where possible.
What is available in Auaha?
In the space we have 3D printers, a vinyl printer and cutter, a laser cutter and engraver, a sewing machine and an embroidery machine. We also have a VR headset and vacuum former as well as a recording studio. New technology can arrive at any time, so keep an eye out!
What can I make in Auaha?
If our kit can make it happen, so can you! Anything that you make in Auaha must be in line with our behaviour and equipment guidelines.
What if I don’t know what I am doing?
As it is a self-directed learning space, we encourage customers to learn how to use the equipment and software. Staff are available for assistance if you get stuck.
What if I need more help?
If you need one on one help, ask our staff about booking in for a private session.
Please note: We have no in-house engineer for the studio, please factor your self-directed learning time for the equipment into your booking. One-on-one time can be booked with a facilitator if you require more in-depth learning with the gear. This may incur a charge – get in touch with the Auaha team to discuss your requirements.
Auaha opening hours
Thursday: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Friday: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm
Our kit includes
UP Box+ 3D printer
This printer allows the creation of a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, by laying down many thin layers of filament. 3D printers are starting to appear in the workplace and can perform crucial roles in manufacturing, medicine, architecture, custom art and design. Learn to understand the technology and how the system operates.
Emblaser2 laser cutter
A laser cutter and engraver can cut, mark or engrave cloth, cardboard, paper, wood and so much more. You can add a personal touch to almost any item or make your own customized objects.
Roland BN-20 printer and cutter
The BN-20 is perfect for creating graphics, poster prints, stickers and decals.
Focusrite Scarlett Solo Pack and Recording Studio
Create high-quality recordings of songs, podcasts, the spoken word and poetry. Features a USB audio interface, mic, and headphones in a studio environment.
One by Wacom
Use these graphics tablets to sketch, draw and edit photos with a digital pen. Drawing tablets are not just for artists, wow your boss with your design and presentation skills in any number of industries.
We have a suite of four Mac computers with a number of programmes installed including Garageband, iMovie, Affinity Designer, Photo and Publisher.
How to get things made at Auaha
We've set up Auaha to have no or low costs for making.
The cost for 3D printing is .20c per gram of filament used + $2.00 print fee per job. We use ABS, PLA, and PLA+ filament and make an effort to recycle all wastage.
The cost of stickers printed through our vinyl cutter is $2.00 per 100mm x 450mm strip.
We have 3mm MDF and Plywood available for purchase in two sizes:
Plywood 500mm x 300mm $12.00 ea.
Plywood 250mm x 150mm $10.00 ea.
MDF 500mm x 300mm $8.00 ea.
MDF 250mm x 150mm $6.00 ea.
Customers can also bring in their own materials at no cost, to engrave or cut. To do this, we will need a small test piece to ensure that we get the correct settings.
Please note: there are elements that can effect the success of engraving and/or cutting that are out of our control. However we will work with you to make it right.
EVA foam sheet $2.50 ea.
HIPS sheet $2.00 ea.
No cost, 15 minute sessions at a time.
Podcast and Recording studio
No cost. Please note, if you book and do not show within 15 minutes of your booked time, you forfeit your session.