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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. We are interested in design, hands-on projects, arts and digital fabrication. Design Lab Users have access to the Main 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.

APPLY TO BE A DESIGN LAB USER NOW.

LAB RESERVATIONS

Book time in the Design Lab.

Prototype

Need a cost effective method of prototyping? We can help. While we are not a commercial fabrication facility, we are happy to provide tools for you to work through your ideas.

3D PRINTING
  • Material $0.20/gram + tax
  • Processing Fees: $5 per print
    This fee applies if Engine/Maine FabLab staff needs to start/remove the print. Does not apply if you start/remove your own print.
  • Machine Hours Fees: 
    • Up to 5 machine hours there is no additional fee.
    • Prints that are 5+ hours will incur a $2/hour fee.

Please review our PRINTING INFO page before sending a file.

Check the PRINT QUEUE for the status of your print.

DESIGNING/CONSULTING

Maine FabLab is working to develop a network of designers. Please contact us if you are looking for someone to help you realize your ideas.

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

 

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DESIGNING WITH TinkerCAD

DATE: Thursday ongoing
TIME: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LOCATION: Engine, 265 Main Street, Biddeford (across from McArthur Library)
CLASS SIZE: Class size is limited to 6.
AGES: 8+
COST: $10 (Engine/MaineFabLab 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.

Attendees MUST register via WildApricot


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, 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.

other2_smAdam Chau

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