State of the FabLab: Sept 5, 2018

[10-22-18 UPDATE]: After extensive testing and preparation, we are excited to announce the opening of the Fab Lab on Monday, October 22nd. Please feel free to come in during our regular hours to reserve some time or to take a tour and see what we have to offer. The lab is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. As a reminder, users must take the mandatory safety training and receive a shop card before being allowed to work with the equipment. We will be holding walk-in group sessions throughout the month of November on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 2:00pm, 3:00pm, and 4:00pm. If none of those times work for you, you may come in to make an individual appointment. Teachers, if you need to bring your entire class in for a project we can certainly accommodate you. Please get in touch Fab Lab manager Shawn Lopez for a consultation.

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[09-05-18]: Normally, the lab would be open to faculty and staff exclusively for the first two weeks of the semester to give instructors a chance to work on their syllabus and explore new projects. Going into the second week of Fall 2018, our doors are open for that purpose, albeit with a limited selection of equipment.

In the demo room - ART 351 - the desktop CNC router is available as well as the small laser cutter. For everything else - we are waiting to reach a number of milestones before we can offer them for use. When machines begin to come online, a notification will be sent out.

Monday, September 10, 2018 is our soft opening to the public. On that day we will begin making reservations for the machines that are up and running, as well as start our safety training sessions. The laser engravers should be operational, including the Zing, the Helix and two Fusions. The desktop CNC will also be available, but the 4 x 8, as well as the plasma cutter, will remain offline for another week or so. Regarding the lasers, anyone who used the space last year knows how pervasive the fumes can be when etching acrylic or leather. We are pleased to report that this is no longer an issue. Our machines have been hooked up to an entirely new series of ducts with powerful air flow so your health and safety will be well protected.

Note that, in addition to individual appointments, this year we are taking appointments for entire classes. For example, if an instructor has assigned a laser cutting project, they can contact the lab to reserve all the lasers for their class period so everyone can work together. Please give us at least two weeks advance notice to ensure availability. All students must have gone through the safety training before being allowed to use the equipment, but that can be taken care of during the first 30 minutes of a reservation. Finally, the instructor must be there to supervise and teach while their students are in the lab.

Please get in touch to find out what we can do for you. We are here to facilitate your lessons and will work with you to figure out the best way to serve your needs. You can reach the FabLab staff at, or find us in ART 361.