Welcome To Our Makerspace

Make It Happen At the Forge_Revised

The Maker Faire's Triumphant Return

The Cranberry Township Maker Faire was held at Ehrman Crest School on Saturday, May 6. We were fortunate to host so many creative and innovative makers! Check out our highlight video from the event.

Much gratitude to all our makers and to everyone who attended!

Flyer for Hand Painted Wooden Jewelry class with images of burflowers and a wooden necklace

Learn a traditional Bangladeshi art form!

On Wednesday, June 14 at 10 am, local artist Lisa Sirazee will teach us how to create hand-painted wooden jewelry.  

Participants will learn how to paint burflower designs in the traditional style on a wooden necklace (cut using our laser engraver), then string the necklace with beads. 

Register here. Please note there is a $20 fee for materials.

Image of a PRUSA 3D printer Opens in new window

Get the Lowdown on 3D Printing!

June features 3D printing classes galore in The Forge! 

In Introduction to 3D Design and 3D Printing with Alan Bachmann, you'll get a basic introduction to 3D printing software like Tinkercad, 3D Builder, and PrusaSlicer. 

Then, you can go more in-depth in our 3D Printing: From Idea to Design class. Work with 3D printing expert Joel Cilli to take an idea for 3D printing from the idea phase to final design.

We're also bringing back our popular Cookie Cutters with Cookiecad class, in addition to our free 3D printing demos. No matter your interest or ability level, there's something for everyone!

Note: if you attended one of Alan's previous Intro to 3D Design classes and want to view the presentation slides, you can do so here.

Image of a laser engraved plate, picture frame, and hammer

Plates, Frames, and Hammers, Oh My!

Learn the basics of CorelDraw design software for our laser engraver in these fun classes:

CorelDraw Picture Frames
CorelDraw Hammers
CorelDraw Plates

Dates and times vary, and each class has a fee for materials.

A wreath made out of red, white, and blue clothespins Opens in new window

Step Up Your Wreath Game!

We're excited to welcome expert wreathmaker Jim Binnix back to The Forge in June!

On June 22 at 10:30 am, get ready for the Fourth of July with "Patriotic Wreaths." 

Image of a Cricut Maker

Learn About Cricut!

Discover the creative possibilities of the Cricut maker with our free Cricut Demos! Then, come to our Cricut Design introductory class, where you can learn the software skills necessary to use the Cricut Maker.

Check our events calendar to register for these and other tech classes.

Photo of an Animal Print Tote Bag

Animal Print Tote Bags

If you're interested in learning how to sew, come make yourself an animal print tote bag!

You'll learn how to sew a simple, lined tote bag. Select from one of our fun animal prints!

Thursday, June 22 from 3-5 pm. Register here, and please note there is a $15 materials fee.

Appointments in The Forge flyer

Have a burning question about the resources in The Forge? Need help with your next project? Want to have a one-on-one discussion with our makerspace staff? You can schedule a one-hour appointment in the Forge on select days.

Registration is required, and only one activity per appointment is recommended.

Library Button_Teal
Library Button_Green
  1. Hand-Painted Wooden Jewelry

    Learn a traditional Bangladeshi art form! Read on...
  2. Let's Get 'Making'!

    Join the list for announcements and news about our makerspace, The Forge. Makerspace News...
View All

FORGE logoDream, design, collaborate and create at The Forge

Thanks to our generous donors and CTCC, The Forge has now been open for over a year! Similar to makerspaces in our schools, our space features a laser engraver, 3-D printers, computer-controlled cutting machines, an embroidery sewing machine, electronics and a variety of specialized hand tools for crafting. 

Library patrons are welcome to register for classes. After demonstrating mastery of the equipment, they will be able to design and create their own projects. Experience isn’t required! We’ll teach you to use the equipment. The Forge offers a safe, creative space to learn, create, explore and come together with other makers.

amazon-wish-list-click here

You can support our Makerspace and make our wishes come true!

We have a Wish List on Amazon.