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UC Berkeley Library Makerspace: Fabrication Tools

Fabrication Tools

Fabrication Tools

Button Makers 1" and 1.5"

Button makers work by pressing an image around a metal backing and then sealing the image with a plastic cover. For a step by step tutorial on how to use the button maker see this guide. If the button maker is jammed, or your button gets stuck, please inform makerspace staff immediately. If no staff are available, please label the button maker as temporarily out of order and send an email to

Heat Press

The heat press is used to adhere heat transferable material to fabric. You can preset both the temperature and duration of the press on the digital screen on top of the clamshell. If you are unsure about appropriate heat temperatures and times, refer to the quick guide next to the machine, or ask a makerspace staff person for assistance.

Binding Machine

The binding machine is a combination hole punch and press. It can add spiral binding holes in up to 25 sheets at a time. To ensure your pages stay aligned, you can clip them with a binder clip before using the punch. The press then snaps a spiral binding into the lined up holes. Use wire cutters found in the tool cabinet to trim off extra binding.