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DESIGN LAB

BE A DESIGN LAB USER

The Design Lab program at Engine provides the community affordable access to tools and resources for education, innovation, and professional development. Our Design Lab supports 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.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

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

OPEN HOURS

Sunday - Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Friday: 1pm - 6pm // Thursday 3-6pm is not available until June 2015.
Saturday: 11am - 4pm

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

USER FEES

  • Students (K-12): Free to use our lab. Prototyping charges still apply.
  • Pay-as-you-go-Individual-User: $10 per day (4 hours) or $5 per half day (2 hours). Payable on-site with cash or credit/debit card.
  • Monthly Individual User: $20/month*
  • Annual Individual User: $200/year ($40 savings, 2 months free)
  • Monthly Institutional or Corporate User: $50/month* per student*
  • Annual Institutional or Corporate User: $500/annually per student ($100 savings, 2 months free)

*We will set up recurring billing via PayPal for monthly or annual users.

LAB RESERVATIONS

Once you are approved as a Design Lab User by completing the orientation and training, we ask that you reserve time with staff to make sure there is no class or workshop utilizing the equipment.

EQUIPMENT & AMENITIES

[ FABLAB ]

3D Printers: Two MakerGears and two MakerBot Replicator 2

Woodshop (located at the high school)

[ MEDIA LAB]

iMac Computer Lab
model: 21.5 in, 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)
Photoshop
Illustrator
InDesign
Premiere
After Effects

[ amenities ] Community Work Table
[ amenities ] WiFi

Prototype

Need a cost-effective method of prototyping? We want to help you realize your idea by providing both 3D design and prototyping services.

DESIGN/PROTOTYPING CONSULTATION

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/hr
  • Business/Corporate: $50.00/hr

Consultation fees are payable upon visit.

DESIGN MODELING

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 with a minimum of 1/2 hour.

3D PRINTING FEES

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 = Material fee + Processing fee + Machine fee + Cleanup fee + Possible rush charge

Any and all prints, except for classes, will be run by our FabLab technician. We will have open lab hours from 4-6pm Tuesday through Friday.

PRINTING INFO / EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS

Please review our PRINTING INFO page before sending a file.
SENDING A FILEFAQ

PRINT STATUS

Check the PRINT QUEUE for the status of your print.

FILAMENT

We would be happy to purchase Maine FabLab approved PLA filament in the color of your choice that you can store outside of the lab for your own use. However, we restrict the types of filaments to be used on our equipment as some brands have proven to be less reliable than others. Please inquire.

DISCLAIMERS
  • 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

INTRO TO DESIGNING WITH TinkerCAD

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 and MakerGear 3D printers

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

COST:
Makers 18 and under: $10/hour including a small print*
Makers over 18 (adults): $25/hour including a small print*

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

*A single 3D print 10g or smaller in mass is included in the session fee. If students want to make something larger, we'll credit the 10g ($2.00) from the material fee. Regular prototyping fees will apply to additional prints.


INTRO TO 123D OR SOLIDWORKS AND 3D MODELING

2-hour session in Solidworks and advice on other 3D modeling programs and technicques. Demonstration of 3D printing included.

REQUIREMENTS: Knowledge of basic 3D modeling program such as TinkerCAD.

COST:
Makers 18 and under: $30 for the class including a small print*
Makers over 18 (adults): $75 for the class including a small print*


MORE CLASSES FROM ENGINE

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

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 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.

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 Engine & Maine FabLab Program 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
Hunter Wahl
FabLab Designer & Tech, Hunter Wahl is a designer who sculpts, illustrates, and designs in 3D. He works in the FabLab helping people realize their ideas in 3D and sometimes prints full-size Star Wars light sabers to impress the kids. And adults. Hunter leads 3D design classes and tutoring for all ages and is wicked-smaht in keeping our equipment up and running.Visit Hunter Wahl's website
abstractScott Brown
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.
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. Vickery teaches 3D modeling course offered by UNE at Maine FabLab and was part of the team that got the beta-FabLab off the ground.

Calendar

Contact

Mail: PO Box 1681, Biddeford, ME 04005
Visit: 128 Main Street, Biddeford, Maine

FabLab Hours: Tuesday-Friday 4-6

Engine Hours: Tuesday-Friday 1-6/Sat 11-4


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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