To date most mobile fab labs are assembled inside a trailer and pulled by a heavy duty pick-up truck. As the network grows, so does the definition of mobile labs with machine specific carts, and short-term lending models being piloted.
What is Our Goal?
The goal of the mobile FabLab is to bring polytechnic and STEAM education outside of the classroom and provide access to machines outside the technical campus. We aim to create projects that are mobile and scalable, just as the mobile FabLab.
Introduction into 3D printing
Are you interested in 3D printing but don't know where and how to start? Introduction to 3D Printing is designed for beginner makers. During the day we will guide you through the theory (don't worry, it won't be boring), explain the basic differences in materials, try 3D modelling in Tinkercad and finally print the modelled object yourself. We promise that after the course, extruder, filament and slicer will no longer be foreign words to you.
You've already mastered the basics of 3D modelling. You have also printed a few objects on the 3D printer. In that case, it's time to take your skills to the next level. In this advanced course, we'll cover the use of special materials for 3D printing, the pitfalls of 3D printing, and go into more detail about slicing itself, which can help you print more efficiently.
The parametric design thinking course focuses on the most widely used modelling software, which will be taught by our parametric modelling specialists. You will learn how to efficiently design 3D models using parameters and constraints to save time when editing models afterwards.
Are you interested in 3D models and visualizations and want to move to the next level? Are you familiar with 3D printing, but this is the first time you've heard of a laser cutter and CNC milling machine? Do you want to book a private lesson with the Maker Institute, or conversely a workshop for 50 people? Contact us if you would like to tailor a program just for you, your company or your students.
Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to vaporize materials, resulting in a cut edge. While typically used for industrial manufacturing applications, it is now used by schools, small businesses, architecture, and hobbyists. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser most commonly through optics. The laser optics and CNC (computer numerical control) is used to direct the laser beam to the material. A commercial laser for cutting materials uses a motion control system to follow a CNC or G-code of the pattern to be cut onto the material. The focused laser beam is directed at the material, which then either melts, burns, vaporizes away, or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish.
Cutting plotters use knives to cut into a piece of material (such as paper, mylar film, or vinyl film) that is lying on the flat surface area of the plotter. The cutting plotter is connected to a computer, which is equipped with cutting design or drawing computer software programs. Those computer software programs are responsible for sending the necessary cutting dimensions or designs in order to command the cutting knife to produce the correct project cutting needs.
3D printing or additive manufacturing is the construction of a three-dimensional object from a CAD model or a digital 3D model. It can be done in a variety of processes in which material is deposited, joined or solidified under computer control, with material being added together (such as plastics, liquids or powder grains being fused), typically layer by layer.
3D scanning is the process of analyzing a real-world object or environment to collect data on its shape and possibly its appearance (e.g. color). The collected data can then be used to construct digital 3D models.
A 3D scanner can be based on many different technologies, each with its own limitations, advantages and costs. Many limitations in the kind of objects that can be digitised are still present. For example, optical technology may encounter many difficulties with dark, shiny, reflective or transparent objects. For example, industrial computed tomography scanning, structured-light 3D scanners, LiDAR and Time Of Flight 3D Scanners can be used to construct digital 3D models, without destructive testing.
The electronics workstation at our Mobile Fablab is equipped with the necessary tools and equipment for the efficient manufacture of electronic circuits.
Numerical control (also computer numerical control, and commonly called CNC) is the automated control of machining tools (such as drills, lathes, mills, grinders, routers and 3D printers) by means of a computer. A CNC machine processes a piece of material (metal, plastic, wood, ceramic, or composite) to meet specifications by following coded programmed instructions and without a manual operator directly controlling the machining operation.