The FabLab is a place of invention, innovation, design, and discovery as well as a place of collaboration and sharing. FabLab resources are ready and waiting for your creativity and teamwork.

3D Printing

Two FormLabs 1+ and three Lulzbot Taz 5 

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), refers to various processes used to synthesize a three-dimensional object. In 3D printing, successive layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object. These objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and are produced from a 3D model or other electronic data source. A 3D printer is a type of industrial robot.

CNC Mill

Tormach Personal CNC 440

CNC Milling is a specific form of computer numerical control (CNC) machining. Milling itself is a machining process similar to both drilling and cutting which is able to achieve many of the operations performed by cutting and drilling machines. Like drilling, milling uses a rotating cylindrical cutting tool. However, the cutter in a milling machine is able to move along multiple axes, and can create a variety of shapes, slots, and holes. In addition, the work-piece is often moved across the milling tool in different directions, unlike the single axis motion of a drill.

CNC Wire Bender

Pensa Labs D.I. Wire Plus

Bending wire accurately is critical in manufacturing. Access to a computer numerical control (CNC) wire bender allows inventors, innovators, designers, and artists to bend wire, tube, and rod to exact specifications. Prototypes and projects involving wire, tube, and rod can be produced with precision and replicability.

Laser Engraving

Epilog Legend Series - Helix

Laser engraving, which is a subset of laser marking, is the practice of using lasers to engrave an object. Laser marking, on the other hand, is a broader category of methods to leave marks on an object, which also includes color change due to chemical/molecular alteration, charring, foaming, melting, ablation, and more. Laser engraving does not involve the use of inks nor does it involve tool bits which contact the engraving surface and wear out. These properties distinguish laser engraving from alternative engraving or marking technologies where inks or bit heads have to be replaced regularly.

Vacuum Forming

Formech DT450

Vacuum forming involves heating a sheet of plastic to a malleable temperature and then forcing it against a mold using a vacuum. Vacuum forming is a quick and easy way to create a form for single projects such as making a mask for a costume or for repeated production such as making a molding sheet for candles, chocolates, or soaps.

Robotics Station

Electronics Workbench with oscilloscope, soldering stations, Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, and Little Bits

Robotics is the branch of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.

Computer Aided Design Station & Software

Computer aided design (CAD) is at the heart of advanced manufacturing. CAD transformed manual drafting into the digital realm. The Bitterroot FabLab is equipped with a design station outfitted with large monitors, drawing tablet, and scanner. Availabe design software includes:

Adobe Creative Suite Maya Rhino 5 Solidworks
Autodesk Product Design & Manufacturing Collection Onshape Serif
Design software for FREE download — TinkerCAD by Autodesk

Space, Wi-Fi, and Ideas!

Space for project layout as well as for collaboration is critical to manufacturing success. The Bitterroot FabLab provides such space. Access to the internet is likewise a requirement for advanced manufacturing; the Bitterroot FabLab provides access to fast, reliable Wi-FI.

For 3D printing project ideas and files visit Thingiverse

For advanced manufacturing project ideas and directions visit Instructables


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