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Button Maker

Button Maker Model 1.5 inch button maker

Brand/ Model

American Button Machines 1.5" button maker

Design

Files for use with the button maker can be created using any software. Designs should be roughly 2" x  2" in size and printed on regular paper. The design can then be cutout using the 1.837" circle punch provided with the button maker. 

Required Materials

button materials

  • Button shell 
  • Clear mylar
  • Pinback

Materials for buttons are available for purchase at the Library at five sets for $1.00. 

Additional Materials

The button maker also makes 1.5" magnets. Magnet supplies include a shell, clear mylar, un-pinned back, and peel-n-stick magnet. Materials for magnets are available for purchase at the Library at three sets for $1.00. 


The Hive, Lewisville Public Library's makerspace, is home to innovation and creativity. The Hive features a variety of equipment, software, and kits in a flexible, collaborative workspace. The Hive is located in the northeast corner, on the 1st floor of the Library. 

Visit The Hive webpages for additional information on using the equipment, software, and kits available in the makerspace: https://library.cityoflewisville.com/TheHive


Be sure you've read the full Hive Use Agreement and special instructions for using this equipment before making a reservation. Click on the "Instructions" tab toward the top of this page for the guidelines and special instructions.

MAKING A RESERVATION

Makers are limited to one reservation per machine type per week (excluding the 3D printers). After a reservation has been used, if available, Makers can use a machine on a first come, first serve basis. Since Makers are expected to monitor their projects at all times, only one machine may be reserved or checked out at a time

The Button Maker does not require safety training. However, prior to using the Button Maker, users must (a) have a signed Liability for Use agreement on file in The Hive (if under 18, a parent must sign this form); (b) present a valid full-privilege library card in good standing; and (c) acknowledge that they are capable of using the machinery in a safe and proper manner.

To make a reservation for the Button Maker:

  1. Identify your desired reservation day and time on the horizontal calendar below.
  2. If available, click on the desired start time.
  3. The system defaults to a 3-hour maximum reservation period. You can modify the reservation end time in the pop-out box that appears below the horizontal calendar. 
  4. Click the Add to Cart & Checkout button, log in with your Lewisville library card number and PIN, and follow the prompts to complete your reservation. You will receive an automated email confirmation when your reservation has been submitted successfully.

A signed Use Agreement and Liability for Use Form acknowledging the guidelines below must be on file at The Hive before a maker is allowed use of the equipment. Forms are available at The Hive service desk.

The Hive Use Guidelines 

General Provisions

  • The Hive is a collaborative space and learning environment focused on design and creation. Due to limited space, patrons working on maker projects will be given priority. Study rooms and meeting rooms are available elsewhere in the Library.
  • All machinery use is subject to age and safety requirements as outlined below.
  • Use of The Hive is intended for hobbyist and prototyping purposes. Mass production of goods cannot be supported in The Hive. The production of dangerous items and weapons is prohibited. No production on machinery in The Hive may violate U.S. or international copyright law.
  • The Maker agrees to take precautions to avoid unnecessary mess or damage in The Hive. The Maker agrees to clean up their workplace and return all borrowed items. The Maker agrees to inform the staff if they are unable to return a work surface, tool, or equipment to its original state.
  • The Maker acknowledges that the Library is only able to provide consumable materials on a limited basis for training or demonstration purposes, at the Library’s discretion. The Maker agrees to avoid wasting consumable supplies and materials.
  • When using materials and tools that do not require safety training, the Maker is acknowledging that they are capable of using the materials in a safe and proper manner.

Machine Usage

  • Each Maker must have a signed copy of the Liability for Use form on file at The Hive. Forms are available at The Hive service desk.
  • Prior to using The Hive machinery that requires safety training, Makers must (a) complete a mandatory safety training for the specific type of equipment being used; and (b) present a valid full-privilege library card in good standing. Safety training will be required after a period of non-use, if proficient use is not demonstrated, if equipment changes, at regular intervals, or at any other time Library staff deems necessary. Safety training is required for use of the following machinery: 3D printers, laser cutter, CNC mill, sewing machines, and embroidery machine.
  • Prior to using The Hive kits and/or The Hive machinery that does not require safety training, Makers must (a) present a valid full-privilege library card in good standing; and (b) acknowledge that they are capable of using the kits and/or machinery in a safe and proper manner.
  • Makers agree that when using The Hive kits and machinery, they will stay with said machine or kit for the duration of its use and never leave it unattended.
  • Only approved materials may be used on The Hive machinery. Some materials cause hazards such as caustic fumes or could damage the machinery. Please consult The Hive staff for a list of approved materials. 
  • Makers agree that the Lewisville Public Library is not responsible for any manufacturing defects, issues with quality of workmanship, or flaws or failures in materials associated with the use of The Hive’s machinery, tools, or other equipment. The Library recommends bringing extra materials for practice as not all attempted projects are successful. 
  • The Maker agrees that if any machinery, tool, or other piece of equipment becomes unsafe or in a state of disrepair, they will immediately discontinue use and notify The Hive staff. 
  • Makers must report any accident/incident that occurs on The Hive premises to staff. 
  • The Hive machinery, excluding the 3D printer, can be reserved or, if available, can be used on a first come, first serve basis. Makers are limited to one reservation per machine type per week. After a Maker’s weekly reservation has been used, if available, Makers can use a machine on a first come, first serve basis. Since Makers are expected to monitor their projects at all times, only one machine may be reserved or checked out at a time. Initial session length is determined by the machine being used. Session lengths are set by Library Administration. A session can be renewed for an additional hour if no one is waiting to use the machinery.
  • The 3D printers will be run by Library staff and jobs will be run in the order they were submitted. However, Library staff may need to reorder the queue in order to complete jobs as successfully, efficiently, and quickly as possible. The Maker is responsible for submitting a 3D printing design. Staff reserves the right to rotate or add supports, rafts, or brims to print jobs in order to help the print succeed. Patrons must submit their 3D print job as an .STL file using the online form. Payment is required at time of pick-up. Repeated failure to claim a completed 3D print job may result in the loss of a Maker’s privilege of 3D printing.
  • Barring normal wear and tear, the Maker agrees to accept financial responsibility for damage and/or loss of items in part or total.

Additional Requirements for Minors

  • Each Maker under the age of 18 must have the Liability of Use form, signed by a parent or guardian, on file at The Hive. Forms are available at The Hive service desk. Supervision by a parent or adult caregiver is recommended for all minors. 
  • All children under the age of 9 must be with their parents or adult caregivers in The Hive at all times, regardless of whether any tool, machinery, or equipment is being used by the child. Children under the age of 9 may not use or operate The Hive kits and machinery.
  • All Makers under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or guardian to use The Hive kits and machinery whether with or without supervision by a parent or guardian.
  • If attending a youth-oriented class in the Hive, Makers 9-13 years old may be in the space without supervision by a parent or adult caregiver.
  • Makers 9-13 years old must be assisted by a parent or adult caregiver when using The Hive kits and machinery.
  • Makers 14-17 years old may be in The Hive without adult supervision or written consent from a parent or guardian if attending a class or working independently in the collaboration space without using The Hive machinery or kits.
  • Makers 14-17 years old must have written consent from a parent or guardian to independently use all Hive machinery and kits.
  • Any minor Maker whose behavior is deemed unsafe will not be permitted to use The Hive without adult supervision.

Failure to Follow Guidelines

Library staff have the discretion to determine violations of these guidelines. Failure to observe these guidelines will result in loss of privileges in The Hive or a requirement for additional safety training.


Special Instructions for the Button Maker

  • This button maker machine creates 1.5" buttons and 1.5" magnets.
  • The user provides the design going on the button. Designs should be roughly 2" x 2" in size and printed on regular paper. The design can then be cutout using the 1.837" circle punch provided with the button maker.
  • The rest of the materials for creating the button (i.e. shell, clear mylar, and pinback) are available for purhcase at the Library at five sets for $1.00.
  • The rest of the materials for creating the magnet (i.e. shell, clear mylar, un-pinned back, and peel-n-stick magnet) are available for purhcase at the Library at three sets for $1.00.

MAKING A RESERVATION

Makers are limited to one reservation per machine type per week (excluding the 3D printers). After a reservation has been used, if available, Makers can use a machine on a first come, first serve basis. Since Makers are expected to monitor their projects at all times, only one machine may be reserved or checked out at a time

The Button Maker does not require safety training. However, prior to using the Button Maker, users must (a) have a signed Liability for Use agreement on file in The Hive (if under 18, a parent must sign this form); (b) present a valid full-privilege library card in good standing; and (c) acknowledge that they are capable of using the machinery in a safe and proper manner.

To make a reservation for the Button Maker:

  1. Identify your desired reservation day and time on the horizontal calendar below.
  2. If available, click on the desired start time.
  3. The system defaults to a 3-hour maximum reservation period. You can modify the reservation end time in the pop-out box that appears below the horizontal calendar. 
  4. Click the Add to Cart & Checkout button, log in with your Lewisville library card number and PIN, and follow the prompts to complete your reservation. You will receive an automated email confirmation when your reservation has been submitted successfully.
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