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Prototype

Are you an designer/engineer/entrepreneur looking for prototyping? Our FabLab is equipped for clients that want to see their objects in three dimensions. We work with people who are just starting to ideate a project or have had developing products that need tweaks and changes. We are also capable of partnering you with a competent designer if you are in need of a design team. If you are in need of technical help without the requirement of another designer you can take private tutoring classes where an individual can guide you through a specific project, program, or machine to suit your needs. Refer to the following rates for digital manufacturing:

3D PRINTING
Processing Fee $5
Material $0.06/gram + tax
Clean-up Fee (optional) $5
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PRIVATE TUTORING
$30/hour
Note: Two-hour maximum time if during office hours. We can teach 3d modeling, printing, or Adobe Creative Suite.

DESIGNING/CONSULTING
Our network of designers work at different rates. Please call to inquire about specific designers.

 

Note: We are a fabrication studio for prototyping, not manufacturing.

We are able to produce a number of your objects to an extent and reserve the right to limit quantity.

We cannot guarantee structural stability or perfect tolerance with 3d printing.

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iPHONE to iMOVIE

DATE: Saturday, July 12 + Saturday, July 18, 2014 two sessions
TIME: 11:00am - 2:00pm
LOCATION: Engine, 265 Main Street, Biddeford (across from McArthur Library)
CLASS SIZE: Class size is limited to 12. Reserve a seat and make payment online below.
AGES: All ages
COST: $50 (Engine members - $45)
WHAT WE'LL DO: This introductory course to video art and filmmaking will provide students with the skills needed to create a complete video work from start to finish. This course will focus on creating professional work with basic tools: smartphones or simple cameras and iMovie. The course will explore the best practices for filmmaking and the practical basics of video editing on iMovie. Tips and tricks for audio will also be covered. Please bring video files to work with during the first class.

BRING: Thumbdrive or external hard-drive to save work or access to personal Cloud storage (required) and note-taking materials.

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DESIGNING WITH TINKERCAD

DATE: Wednesdays ongoing
TIME: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LOCATION: Engine, 265 Main Street, Biddeford (across from McArthur Library)
CLASS SIZE: Class size is limited to 6. Reserve a seat and make payment online below.
AGES: 12+
COST: $10 (Engine members get 10% discount)
REQUIREMENTS: Computer aptitude necessary.
WHAT WE'LL DO:  Start learning the basics of 3d modeling by coming to our weekly teen after school sessions. We will cover everything from the basics for beginners and advanced/custom commands for the seasoned modeler. With a mix of project-based classes and independent design you can come in at any time throughout the year to work and refine your ideas and projects. Join a group of enthusiastic designers and navigate through design issues and troubleshooting. 3d printing is not included in class fee, but can be purchased separately.

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PRINTCRAFT/MINECRAFT

DATE: Saturdays ongoing
TIME: 12pm-2pm
LOCATION: Engine, 265 Main Street, Biddeford (across from McArthur Library)
CLASS SIZE: Class size is limited to 6. Reserve a seat and make payment online below.
AGES: 8+
COST: $10 (Engine members get 10% discount)
REQUIREMENTS: Computer aptitude necessary. Minecraft account necessary.
WHAT WE'LL DO: Students will “spawn” into a unique Printcraft-specific Minecraft world, with grids of squares for projects. Join a bright group of kids who love playing Minecraft and can troubleshoot with you. Separate charges apply for 3d printing based on weight and a nominal processing fee.

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BIRTHDAY/PRIVATE PARTIES

DATE: Ask to see calendar
TIME: 2 Hours (1.5 hour activity, half hour refreshments)
LOCATION: Engine, 265 Main Street, Biddeford (across from McArthur Library)
CLASS SIZE: Class size is limited to 6. Pay with PayPal below or email to register and arrange payment.
AGES: 8+
COST: $150 (Engine members get 10% discount)
REQUIREMENTS: Computer aptitude necessary.
WHAT WE'LL DO:
Parties are open for scheduling with an instructor who will guide your group to create themed objects. Four theme options are available: wearables, magnet sculptures, things on wheels, or Designer Toys. Approved refreshments will be served (Maine FabLab is not responsible for dessert or serving products but can be brought with party). 3d printing will be made after party and will take one week to process. Emails will be sent when prints are ready for pick-up. 48 hour cancellation policy for full refund.

Call or email to check our schedule and make your reservation: 207-370-9130


ADULT CLASSES
We offer adult classes ranging from 3d modeling to 3d printing on a cycling basis. Below is a list of classes that we offer at different times of the year:

- Intro to Rhinoceros
- 3D Print to 2D Paper (printmaking)
- 3D Printed Clocks

We are currently programming classes for the next season, please check back soon for more info on adult class offerings.


 More classes coming soon!

About

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 Extended 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.

FABLABS AROUND THE WORLD

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

CURRENT EQUIPMENT

  • 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

WISHLIST

  • 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

Team

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.

Visit Adam Chau's LinkedIn page.

 

1149034_10201864779287746_983235053_nMichael Vickery

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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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