OPEN HOURS APPOINTMENTS

Stop by and make something! Our Open Hours are available to everyone to come in and tinker, design, and create.

Want to come in and make something awesome?

Our Open Hours are available to everyone (community, university, visitors to town, etc) to come in and tinker, design, and create amazing projects. Don’t know how to use our tools or software? That’s alright! Let us know what you’re working on and we can help walk you through the process and answer questions you may have along the way. We won’t do projects for you, but we’re happy to assist along the way.

Just curious? 

Feel free to stop in and explore! If it’s your first visit let us know! We can give you a quick tour of the lab and answer any questions you may have. If you’re feeling up to it, we can suggest starter projects to get you making that day. 

Can I sign up somewhere or do I just show up?

We highly encourage scheduling appointments in advance (for the lasers and poster printer especially), but appointments can be made at the door so long as there are seats available for the tool(s) you’re looking to use.

Please read “what to know before making an appointment” for further information.

How much does it cost?

Unlike other Fab Labs, we don’t charge membership fees. In order to do up keep on machines and stock general use supplies for each area we do charge a small area fee based on the tool(s) you use. 

Materials you are generally allowed to bring in your own, but should you wish, we do have a small stock of items we sell in lab – at cost – available for purchase.

*Wearing a mask while in the building is still encouraged

  • Check in for your appointment with staff when you arrive.
    • Once you’re checked in, you may use the tool that you’ve signed up for for the duration of time allotted to you.
    • If you need additional time for your project, you may sign up for additional consecutive slots if they are available.
    • For one user tools (like the laser or poster printer), if others have reserved a place after you, you will need to end your use of the area at the end of your designated time and schedule another time slot.
    • Once you are done with the area, please clean up messes and put away any small tools you may have used.
  • When you leave, please check out / pay for your machine use /materials or let us know you are done.
  • Appointments have pre-set time slots to select from for each tool and associated costs listed.
    • Payment for time associated tools (such as the lasers or e-cutters) is a flat cost per appointment slot regardless of time spent with the tool in use.
      • We encourage you to wait to book your laser appointments until your cut/etch file is fully finished and approved by lab staff.
    • If you need additional time for your project, you may sign up for additional consecutive slots if they are available.
    • Please be aware that some tools are slower than others. If you are running a larger file, we encourage you to plan your time accordingly when making your appointment.
    • Laser files with large amounts of etching may need more than one appointment slot to complete.
  • Fab Lab Staff reserve the right to end your in progress file if it exceeds your designated appointment time for that tool.

TOOL APPOINTMENT INFORMATION

Additional Information About Lab Tools

Come use the Fab Lab computer lab to get your project started! We have all of the design and control software we use in the lab on these computers so you can start your project here no matter what tool in the lab you want to create the final product on. We have an emphasis on free and open source software solutions, but have a variety of professional design software as well.

Our Universal Laser has a bed size of 18 inches by 32 inches and can cut up to 1/4″ acrylic and plywood.

We have some of the more commonly used materials available for sale in the Lab. You are also welcome to bring your own materials, just make sure to have it checked by a staff member to make sure it is safe to use in our lasers.

We encourage you to set up a Computer Lab appointment before your laser appointment, so we can look over your files. Due to the popularity of these machines, their use time is limited to the time slot(s) you select.

Our newest Universal Laser has a bed size of 18 inches by 32 inches and can cut up to 1/4″ acrylic and plywood.

This laser also has a rotary attachment to laser etch cyllindrical items like glassware and water bottles.

We have some of the more commonly used materials available for sale in the Lab. You are also welcome to bring your own materials, just make sure to have it checked by a staff member to make sure it is safe to use in our lasers.

We encourage you to set up a Computer Lab appointment before your laser appointment, so we can look over your files. Due to the popularity of these machines, their use time is limited to the time slot(s) you select.

Our Epilog Laser Cutter has a bed size of 12 inches by 24 inches. Due to damage by a fire, this machine can only works with materials with a 1/8″ thickness, but still etches very well.

We encourage you to set up a Computer Lab appointment before your laser appointment, so we can look over your files. Due to the popularity of these machines, their use time is limited to the time slot(s) you select.

Our large format poster printer is an HP Inkjet printer that can do prints up to 24 inches wide. Print cost is based on the number of prints (if printed on individual sheets) or by linear feet (if printed from the roll). *Student rates available.

Use our Silhouette cutters to create custom stickers, iron on patches, paper cards, and more! This reservation includes use of the machine, and a computer with all the needed software to run it! We have many colors of sticker vinyl, heat transfer vinyl, card-stock, and more available for sale in the Lab. You are also welcome to bring your own materials, just check with a staff member to make sure it is safe to use on these machines.

Print cool stuff using our 3D printers! All prints are in PLA plastic.

Our Flashforges (smaller printers) have a print volume of 5 x 5 x 5 inches.

Our Enders (larger printers) have a print volume of 8.5 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches.

If you need to use the lab computers to set up and slice your file please make an appointment in the computer lab first. You will be charged based on the weight of your print. Estimates can be made from the slicing software available in the Lab.

Come use the Fab Labs resin based 3d Printers. These machines use controlled UV light to cure photosensitive resin which builds up to create your object. These printers can produce great detail even on small objects, but they are slow and messy to work with! They have a build volume of 115mm x 65mm x 155mm, and can hold up to 70ml of resin in the vat.

Make sure you have a file prepared, or if you need time to prepare a file you can book time in our computer lab first! The cost to use these machines is based on the amount of resin used. We charge 5 dollars for any print using 40 ml or less, and an additional 5 cents per ml for anything over 40 ml.

Come use our digital embroidery machines (and software) to design and stitch your own custom patch! We also have sewing machines, hand tools, and a serger so you can bring your project from concept to completion!

Need to finish assembly on your project? Tighten the screws on your coffee maker? Put a coat of paint on your 3d print? You can do all of these things and more with a reservation of our Hand Tools area. We have an assortment of screw drivers, pliers, hammers, mallets, chisels, utility knives, and more.