The Design Lab program at Engine provides the community affordable access to tools and resources for education, innovation, and professional development. We are interested in design, hands-on projects, arts and digital fabrication. Design Lab Users have access to the Maine Fab Lab, which houses the digital fabrication (cnc) equipment, and the Media Lab, which contain state-of-the-art iMac computers running professional design software.

We offer individual user levels on a half day, day, monthly, and annual level and institutional/corporate levels on a monthly and annual level. Just click on the link below to see which level fits for you.


The Lab has something for just about everyone, and anyone is welcome to become a user. Here are some of the types of people who use of the Design Lab.

  • students
  • teachers
  • designers (graphic, industrial, video, audio, etc.)
  • artists and crafts people
  • engineers
  • makers of all things
  • community members


Sunday - Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1pm - 8pm
Wednesday - Friday: 1pm - 6pm // Thursday 3-6pm is not available --- effective 1/16/14
Saturday: 11am - 4pm

We recommend you schedule a visit ahead of time if you are interested seeing our facility. Please email Print@mainefablab.org


  • Students (K-12): Free to use. Prototyping charges still apply.
  • Pay-as-you-go-User: $10 per day (4 hours) or $5 per half day (2 hours). Payable on-site with cash or credit/debit card.
  • Monthly User: $20/month*
  • Annual User: $200/year ($40 savings, 2 months free)
  • Institutional User: $50/month* or $500/annually ($50 savings, 2 months free). Corporations and schools.

*Recurring billing via PayPal



Once you are approved as a Design Lab User and have completed the orientation and training, we will provide a link to our online Lab Reservation web page. We require that all users check the schedule and book their time as we do run classes occasionally.



3D Printers (MakerBot Replicator 2)


iMac Computer Lab
model: 21.5in , late 2013
processor: 2.9 GHZ Intel Core i5
video card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 1024 MB
[ media lab ] Adobe Creative Cloud (value: $49.99 /month)
After Effects

[ amenities ] Community Work Table
[ amenities ] WiFi


Need a cost-effective method of prototyping? We want to help you realize your idea by providing both 3D design and prototyping services. We offer two rates: individual/startup and business/corporate for established businesses, whether DBA or incorporated,


Our designer/technician is available to do a design/prototyping consultation that involves discussing your project, opening and inspecting your file, troubleshooting, and estimating print times/weights. Consultations do not include any design time and typically are limited to an hour. Our fees for consultations are:

  • Individuals/Startups: $35.00
  • Business/Corporate: $50.00

Consultation fees are payable upon visit.


  • Startup/processing fee*:
    • Individuals/Startups: $5.00 per print
    • Business/Corporate: $10.00 per print – effective 1/14/2015
  • Material fee: $0.20 per gram + sales tax
    You can save $$ if you buy your own material, see below.**
  • Machine fee (applies whether we start your print or not):
    • 0 - 5 hours: No fee
    • 5+ hours: 5 cents per machine minute.
      Longer prints are only allowed with permission of lab technician. Long prints are problematic in that frequently prints run overnight and no one is available in case of print fail or machine problems.
  • TOTAL COST = Processing fee + Material fee + Machine fee

Please review our PRINTING INFO page before sending a file.


Check the PRINT QUEUE for the status of your print.


Users of our Design Lab get discounted prices on materials when purchased through Engine. We purchase our filament through Zeni Kinetic.

1KG PLA (spool) = $20-30 (prices can vary but this is pretty typical)**

Available Colors:

  • black
  • white
  • blue
  • red
  • transparent
  • other colors by availability

Maine FabLab offers one-on-one 3D design modeling for your product idea, as well as prototyping. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. Consultation rates:

  • $50/hr.* Using Solidworks or another 3D modeling program, we'll make your idea a reality. We will sign non-disclosure agreements when requested and connect you to resources for product development and/or production if desired.
    *Billable in 1/2 hour increments
  • Maine FabLab is a fabrication studio for prototyping and education, not manufacturing. We reserve the right to limit quantities.
  • We cannot guarantee structural stability or perfect tolerance with 3D printing.



Learn the basics of 3D modeling and we'll have you designing within the hour. We will cover everything from the basics and address advanced/custom commands for the advanced designer, as well as demonstrate the capabilities of our MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printers. A single 3D print 10g or smaller in mass is included in the session fee. If students want to make something larger, we'll deduct the 10g ($2.00) from the material fee. Regular prototyping fees will apply to additional prints.

REQUIREMENTS: Computer aptitude necessary. A unique email address is required to signup for a TinkerCAD account otherwise house accounts are available.

Schedule subject to change so check here to register for a session.

More classes from Engine

If you're interested in graphic design, social media, photo editing, and more, check out Engine's class listings here!


Maine FabLab's first lab was created in June 2013 by Engine, a non-profit arts organization located in Biddeford, Maine. Engine had been working on the idea of a FabLab for several months when the organization was introduced to Sarah Boisvert of Greenwood Technologies, who was looking for a bricks-and-mortar location for Maine FabLab. Engine took over the direction and administration of the program in the fall of 2013 and is currently developing Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) for after-school, Saturday, and summer camp experiences.

Maine FabLab's beta-site is located within a multi-purpose space that also houses Engine's exhibition and workshop/classroom space. Maine FabLab 1.0 will be located in the future Marble Block Art + Design Center, a historic building located on Biddeford's Main Street.

Ultimately, technicians, operators and senior designers will be on staff to help inventors who come in develop their prototypes.  Fees will be paid for level and length of design support, amount of materials used, etc. but it will be open access. Furthermore, inventors, entrepreneurs, makers, students, teachers, professors, artists, designers and hackers will be able to share know-how and skills, software and programming, as well as ideas and concepts, if they so choose.

Other FabLab style rapid prototyping facilities and maker spaces in the world have:

  • Fostered innovation across industries
  • Helped spin-off start up companies
  • Generated new ideas & products for existing companies
  • Created production work for the machine tool, medical device, biotech, consumer products, and microelectronics industries to name a few
  • Created jobs on the operator & technician level as well as the senior designer level at the FabLab

In addition, the community outreach activities:

  • Give college & university faculty & staff access to new technologies & advanced equipment
  • Present opportunities for college students to explore ideas beyond the classroom & possible work/study opportunities
  • Teach our young people to make things using their hands and their imaginations, as well as their brains
  • Increase interest in STEM [ScienceTechnologyEngineeringMath] among school children
  • Afford the opportunity to collaborate with other FabLabs in the world, including the MIT facility in Cambridge MA
  • Afinia H-Series 3D printer: Accuracy within .15mm; 5″ cubed build envelope.
  • Two MakerBot Replicator2 3D printers. Build envelope 11.2" x 6.0" x 6.1"; Layer resolution: 100 microns [0.0039"]
  • Kinect Sensor 3D scanner/station
  • Media lab with six brand new iMacs
  • Access to design and digital fabrication software such as Blender, Sketchup, TinkerCAD and other 3D rendering programs
  • Three Leap Motion sensors for intuitive digital modeling
  • Shapeoko CNC Mill. Footprint 11"x11"x2", 1/8" collet size
  • High precision 3D Printer
  • CO2 laser cutter & marker
  • UV laser micro-machining workstation
  • CNC & micro-CNC machine tools
  • 3-D plotter & scanner
  • Design & fabrication software


TammyAckermanTammy Ackerman

Executive Director, Tammy is the co-founder and director of the nonprofit arts organization Engine, founded in 2009 and Maine FabLab, founded in 2013. With a background in art and design, Tammy has developed a love for community development for her adopted hometown of Biddeford, Maine, a small New England town just south of Portland, that is undergoing a transformation from mill town to a creative economy hub.

Visit Tammy Ackerman's LinkedIn page.

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Program Director, Adam Chau is a ceramic designer and a '10 graduate of Maine College of Art in ceramics; '11 post-baccalaureate of Michigan State University; and '13 Master of Design in Designed Objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After receiving a degree in studio ceramics, he decided to pursue more industrial ways of production while keeping traditional craft paradigms; His most recent project, Digital Hardware, investigates the hybridization of handcraft and digital technology. He has recently shown at the Salone di Mobile at Rossana Orlandi in Milan, Italy and the NADA art fair in New York City.

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Educator/Technician,  Michael Vickery is a Simulation & Technology Specialist at the University of New England (UNE) in Biddeford, Maine, an artist, and 3D printing enthusiast. He is currently teaching the first 3D modeling course offered by UNE and has been instrumental in helping set up the beta-FabLab.

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Business Advisor, Scott Brown brings extensive project and business management to Maine FabLab. With a B.S in Business Administration/Finance '92 from University of Maine, Orono, Scott has worked primarily in energy sector for New England companies.

View Scott Brown's LinkedIn profile.



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Keep in touch with Maine FabLab

Name: Maine FabLab
Phone: 207-370-9130
Address: 265 Main Street, Biddeford, Maine 04005
Lab Hours: Tuesday - Friday 4-6pm
Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 1-6pm, Saturday 11-4pm