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Fab Lab Limerick

Rutland Street

Limerick City


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All the knowledge and practical experience you need to start in digital fabrication!

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The knowledge and practical experience you need to start you on your digital fabrication journey. If you already have some background, that is great(!) This day will give you more experience, on each of the machines, the information you need to get started and practical activities you can practice from home.

The training consist of three courses (3d printing, Laser Cutting and CNC Routing) and a chance for hands-on experience with these machines - you can sign up to an individual tutorial or you can do it all in the one day.

Our approach is based on the principle of sharing our learning resources, so that in the Fab Lab you can concentrate on the making. We will send tutorials before the class and ask you to install some software at home. We will recommend free and open source software, and in particular, packages with good documentation and easily-available guides.

On the day we will make examples on each of the three machines: the CNC router, the laser cutter and the 3D printer. The exercises that you worked on at home will allow you to customise the design, teach you how to prepare the files so they are ready to be printed or cut. These objects you make, are like badges of your achievement - your first digitally fabricated trophie as well. Or a nice coaster, which you can proudly sit your drink on!

The programme :

At Home,

Make sure that you are familiar with the presented material - and, if you wish, the additional tutorials and videos. Go back at any time to refresh your knowledge of the machines, and check for new videos and resources.

What we present contains all the background knowledge you need to make a start and design your project. We are going to recommend software (open source and free) to work on. Or if you are already using a specific package, send us a quick message and we can see if that would work on the day.

Our prepared exercises for each machine will help you to get practical experience with each: including the CNC router, the laser cutter and the 3D printers. These aim to teach you basics of design for digital fabrication, how you should prepare work to be printed / cut, how to have your work prepared before you step into the Fab Lab. And if you do not have the time, no issue, we will show how to prepare files and we can work together on this during the workshop.

Please note that if necessary the group may need to be split into groups. This will allow time for everyone to get access to the machines and to work on their own activities.

On the day,

Bring your laptop (if you can) - If you can’t we will try to pair you with someone who does. If you’d like bring a notebook, or small material samples if you’d like to discuss them on the day.

The day will be split in three main parts, as follows:

PART 0 : GENERAL INTRODUCTION (10h00 - 25 minutes)

  • What is Fab Lab Limerick? Our story from 2012 to today.
  • Examples, Inspiration - current projects, research. Questions for the day.
  • What are Digital Fabrication technologies and how do each of them work? What is Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing - what’s the story with Open Hardware, and how has this influenced the development of this technology.

PART 1 : 3D printing (10h45 - 75 minutes)

  • As 3D Printing takes time, it is the first focus of the class. Thereby several prints can be done over the day.
  • Presentation and discussion of various 3D printers - we introduce FDM, SLA, SLS and other technologies.
  • Preparing or slicing your own designs
  • Start Printing!

LUNCH BREAK (12h00 - 13h00)

PART 2 : Laser cutting (13h00 - 120 minutes)

  • First we introduce the laser cutter machine, and see a demonstration.
  • Discover our materio-thèque (Material Library): Wood, Stone, Glass, Plastic, Veneer
  • Learn how to prepare the machine and use the software while setting up your job.
  • Prepare Cuts and Engravings with the files you prepared at home.
  • Any remaining time will be dedicated to further laser cutting, other features and discussion.

AFTERNOON BREAK (15h00 - 30 minutes)

PART 3 : CNC router (15h30 - 120 minutes)

  • Get some practical experience on the CNC router
  • Learn more about the different tools and what they are used for; about different accessories and how to change bits
  • Learn how to get the machine up and going, as we cover calibration, different materials and safety.
  • Learn how to use CAM software (Computer Aided Manufacturing). Prepare and make the file you prepared before the class.

END OF THE DAY ( Until 6pm)

We will be available as you finish assembling the various parts you made during the day. Up to 6 pm, will be used for additional discussion and for other things you want to try.

Now you ought to congratulate yourself on a job well done!

Looking forward to learning with you!

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Fab Lab Limerick

Rutland Street

Limerick City


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