Established in 2016, our Fab Lab space is reopening for free classes and independent use once certified on the machines.
The Learning Process
Call or visit us to make an appointment. We offer 1 hour classes throughout the week.
Watch the tutorial videos below for the machine(s) you would like to learn first
Find/ Design- If 3D printing, decide on a couple small items you would like to print. We will review the items you are interested in when you arrive and see what will work best for our printers and timeslot. on thingiverse.com. Consider learning how to design your own items or modify a thingiverse design on tinkercad.com. If using the laser engraver and vinyl cutter, consider the design of what you would like to make.
Come with safety in mind. Tie back long hair, avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry, wear closed toed shoes, no food or drink in the Lab, and use common sense.
During your 1-hour class, we will teach you to safely operate the machines. The more classes you take, the more you will learn.
Certify- As you progress, we hope to be able to "certify" you. If certified on a machine, you will be able to sign up for Independent time. While still supervised during this time, you will be granted a wider range of accessible time to use the Fab Lab.
3D Printing is a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a plastic material. It brings a digital object (its CAD representation) into its physical form by adding layer by layer of materials.
Find designs: thingiverse.com
Design: Create an Account and Learn: tinkercad.com
Afinia H480 and H800:
Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 3
Vinyl Cutter (Roland GS-24)
Vinyl cutting, also known as craft cutting, is a method of 2-dimensional cutting using a machine with a stylus-style blade. This method is less expensive than other 2D methods such as a laser cutter which will also engrave. A craft cutter can handle many different materials including cardstock, paper, t-shirt transfers, and fabric. Our lab’s vinyl cutter is most popularly used for making decals, stickers, stencils, and signs.
Roland CAMM1 GS-24 Desktop Cutter
Roland Cut Studio Introduction
Laser Engraver (Epilog Mini 24)
Laser cutters are very powerful tools for making 2-dimensional cuts on a variety of materials. A laser cutter works by using a focused laser light to cut a path or engrave a 2D image in the material. Laser cutters can even be considered more versatile and powerful than 3D printers because of their material capabilities which include paper, wood, plastic, fabric, leather, and even more, and they can cut each of these with very precise detail.
Laser Cutter Epilog How to Use
Roland SRM 20 Desktop Milling Machine
CNC Milling Machines
Milling machines are do-all tools for precision cutting, carving, drilling, or machining. They are typically used to machine flat surfaces, but can also produce irregular surfaces. in addition, they are used to drill, bore, cut gears, and produce slots.