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
Saturday: 11am - 4pm


  • 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.



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 are happy to provide tools for you to work through your ideas but we're not a large-run commercial lab. The goal is to get you, the designer, to be able to use this equipment yourselves. See our levels here.

We will print small commercial jobs 5 hours and under for you at the rates below.

For bigger jobs or multiples that are longer than 20 hours, we suggest you visit Shapeways or another print bureau for your job.

  • Material fee: $0.20 per gram + sales tax (you can save $$ if you buy your own material, see below)
  • Processing fee: $5 per print (flat rate if we have to start your print for you)
  • Machine fee (applies whether we start your print or not):
    0 - 5 hours: Free
    5+ hours: .05 cents per machine minute and only allowed with permission of lab director. These long prints are problematic in that no one is available to oversee in case of print fail or machine problems.
  • Total Cost = Material fee + Processing fee + Machine fee

Download MakerBot Desktop to be able to estimate your costs. Open your 3D Model and simulate your print by clicking on “MAKE” and show preview before printing. This will give you the total estimated weight, and total duration of the print. Refer back to the pricing sheet above to approximate how much your print will cost.

If you can’t figure it out, or cannot install MakerBot Desktop, let us know and we will send you a quote before printing your file.


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:

  • Initial project consultation: $25
    Includes review of your idea and discussion of process for prototyping with our in-house 3D design expert. Our services are intended for early-stage product development.
  • 3D design work: $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.
  • 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.



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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!


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.

Visit Adam Chau's LinkedIn page.


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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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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