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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
Clean-up Fee (optional) $5
Note: Member discount available. One week print-time. Print will be put in queue upon submission and approval of .stl file.

PRIVATE TUTORING
$30/hour
Note: one week reservation time / 48 hour cancellation policy. Two-hour maximum time if during office hours.

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.

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TEEN AFTERSCHOOL: INTRO TO TINKERCAD

DATE: Wednesdays
TIME: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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: Sign up for a TinkerCAD account and learn the basic moves of  how to combine, stack, excise, and rotate shapes. No 3D printing in this class, just pure ol' design. We'll 2D print your creation for you to take home.

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AFTERSCHOOL: INTRO TO TINKERCAD

DATE: Thursdays
TIME: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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: 8-11
COST: $10 (Engine members get 10% discount)
REQUIREMENTS: Computer aptitude necessary.
WHAT WE'LL DO: Sign up for a TinkerCAD account and learn the basic moves of  how to combine, stack, excise, and rotate shapes. No 3D printing in this class, just pure ol' design. We'll 2D print your creation for you to take home.

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TOYS

KIDS TINKERCAD: DESIGNER TOYS

DATE: Wednesday, May 10, 2014
TIME: 1-4
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: $40 (Engine members get 10% discount)
REQUIREMENTS: Computer aptitude necessary.
WHAT WE'LL DO:  Join the growing community of designers who are making designer toys like Munny and Gloomybear. In this three-hour workshop we will create fictional stories and 3d model characters with props from our writings. Parents are welcome to join and learn how to design on TinkerCAD. Please allow one week for print-pickup.

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ADULTS: 3D PRINT 2D PAPER

DATE: Wednesday, May 14/21, 2014
TIME: 6-8
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: 17+
COST: $60 (Engine members get 10% discount)
REQUIREMENTS: Computer aptitude necessary.
WHAT WE'LL DO:  Learn how to design and create your own printmaking stamps using our 3d printers! In this two session class we will explore both TinkerCAD (for imagery) and Rhino (for font) to make multiple stamps. First session will be designing and second will be printmaking - we will have printmaking supplies and paper (Rives BFK), however you are invited to bring your own tools paper if you have a specific preference.

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ADULTS: INTRO TO RHINO

DATE: Thursdays, May 8/15/22, 2014
TIME: 6-8
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: 17+
COST: $100 (Engine members get 10% discount)
REQUIREMENTS: Computer aptitude necessary.
WHAT WE'LL DO:  In this 3 session class we will learn how to use the 3d modeling software Rhinoceros. We'll learn the top 10 commands of the program and slowly build our knowledge of hotkeys and command prompts. We'll decipher what is a printable object and what is not while building surfaces and solids. Final designs will be exported for 3d printing in the final class. Please allow one week for print-pickup after last session.

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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


 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

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
Director, Maine FabLabTammy 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.
KateBrownKate Brown
Advisory TeamKate’s interest in teaching started in college when she assisted adult and children’s ELL classes. Since college Kate has lived and taught, in a various roles, in New York City, Santiago, Chile and most recently in Boston. During her time in Chile she was a visiting English professor at a local university and also tutored local businessmen who aspired to improve their English for international business opportunities. Kate is a firm believer that the future of education is personalized learning and exciting, hands-on projects.  She's very excited to come on board at Maine FabLab and help develop STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) learning labs for Maine kids, schools, and communities. Visit Kate Brown'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.
abstractScott Brown
Project Manager/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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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.
TristanHoutzTristan Houtz
IT consultant/Technician
Tristan Houtz, from Kennebunkport, Maine, is an information technology administrator for the Old Orchard Beach, Maine public schools and Maine FabLab's network whiz. Tristan has an Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians B.A. from University of Southern Maine.Visit Tristan Houtz's LinkedIn page.

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Name: Maine FabLab
Phone: 207-370-9130
Address: 265 Main Street, Biddeford, Maine 04005