Fabrication Lab

An open access community makerspace with equipment, tools, and space available to anyone with a creative idea.

Fabrication Lab Pop Up

The Fabrication Lab Pop Up is open in the Innovation Lab on Level 1 of The Edge on Thursdays from 5 - 8 pm for Hack the Evening and Saturdays from 12 - 6 pm for Saturday Open Lab. To help you get creative, a selection of resources are available for use during these sessions. Please note, equipment bookings are required for Saturday Open Lab. Theres also a Pop Up FAQ with answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Events

Hack the evening

Hack the Evening Fabrication Lab Pop Up in the Innovation Lab Hack the evening is a meetup for makers, designers, fabricators and anyone interested in learning new skills or getting hands on with digital and fabrication like-minded folk. No induction or booking resources are necessary, just head to the new pop up Fabrication Lab and turn up and play! Available resources include: Two laser cutters 3D printers Vinyl cutter Sewing machines Soldering stations How do I find it?  The Fabrication Lab Pop Up is located on Level 1 of The Edge in the Innovation Lab, please note that Level 0 of The Edge remains closed. 

Saturday Open Lab

Are you a maker, designer or fabricator? Or are you someone interested in learning new skills and getting hands on with digital and fabrication resources? This is your chance at pop up Saturday open lab! Each Saturday head to the Innovation Lab at The Edge, and engage with a community of like-minded creators. Join us weekly from midday till 6 pm.  Bookable equipment resources include: Two laser cutters 3D printers Vinyl cutter Sewing machines Soldering stations.   How do I find it? Make your way to The Edge and ask at reception, or head to room 8 listed on the Level 1 map of The Edge. How do I make a booking? Head to the Fabrication Lab page and click on the equipment you would like to book if you have completed the necessary induction.
Using Adobe Photoshop on a computer
TICKETED

Photo composite and retouch 101 in Adobe Photoshop

Have you ever wanted to retouch or colour a photo? Or add several images together into one? Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop in this skills development workshop. Photoshop is an industry standard program for editing photos and raster graphics and for creating digital art. 101 skills development workshops give you the basic skills you need to start your new creative journey. Each workshop is delivered by an experienced facilitator and no prior experience required, just basic computer skills, a willingness to learn and a bit of patience.  Requirements to visit The Edge Participants must be over 16 years of age. Enclosed, flat footwear must be worn at all times. Please become a State Library member before you arrive. If you already have a State Library member account, make sure you know your login details as you may be required to login during the workshop to access State Library computers, and to make bookings for equipment. Before you book Please read The Edge Booking Terms and Conditions. You’ll find answers to age restrictions, what to bring, what to do if you’re running late, refunds and more. Please contact us if you need support to participate in this event and consult State Library of Queensland's conditions of entry before making your booking. To find out more about what else is on offer, read up on our Fabrication Lab and community makerspace. You can also subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.
Meetup in the DML
TICKETED

AI and machine learning meetup

Join us for a casual meet up to chat about AI, machine learning, prompt-based image and text generation. Will AI take away work from traditional creatives? Is it just a tool to make digital workflows easier? What can we use machine learning for in the Creative Industries space? Come and share your thoughts or your most unhinged AI creations! Book now to let us know you're coming along. How do I find it?  The Digital Media Lab is located on Level 1 of The Edge, please note that Level 0 of The Edge remains closed.  Before you book Please read The Edge Booking Terms and Conditions. You’ll find answers to age restrictions, what to bring, what to do if you’re running late, refunds and more. Please contact us if you need support to participate in this event and consult State Library of Queensland's conditions of entry before making your booking. To find out more about what else is on offer, read up on our Fabrication Lab and community makerspace. You can also subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.
Creative Video Content Workshop computer
TICKETED

Creative video content 101

Become the next TikTok star with our workshop focused on creative content creation. Learn to use your mobile device to record video footage and edit either straight on your device or on a computer. We’ll take you through adding filters, stickers, transitions and more to make your content pop! 101 skills development workshops give you the basic skills you need to start your new creative journey. Each workshop is delivered by an experienced facilitator and no prior experience required, just basic computer skills, a willingness to learn and a bit of patience.    Requirements to visit The Edge Participants must be over 16 years of age. Enclosed, flat footwear must be worn at all times. Please become a State Library member before you arrive. If you already have a State Library member account, make sure you know your login details as you may be required to login during the workshop to access State Library computers, and to make bookings for equipment. Before you book Please read The Edge Booking Terms and Conditions. You’ll find answers to age restrictions, what to bring, what to do if you’re running late, refunds and more. Please contact us if you need support to participate in this event and consult State Library of Queensland's conditions of entry before making your booking. To find out more about what else is on offer, read up on our Fabrication Lab and community makerspace. You can also subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.

Lab resources

Requirements

In order to book and use resources you must:

Available resources

Laser cutter

Cut or engrave your own designs using our Trotec Rayjet 300 Laser Cutter/ Engraver.  Inductions required: Fabrication Lab General Induction, Laser Induction

3D Printers

Quickly turn concepts into 3D models with our Prusa i3 MK3 3D printer. Inductions required: Fabrication Lab General Induction, 3D Printer Induction

Sewing machines

Book a reliable classic Bernina 700 Record series sewing machine or 700D Overlocker for your latest fashion project. Inductions required: Fabrication Lab General Induction, Sewing Induction

Laptops

Don't have a computer to layout your laser job? Need to design a model for the 3D printers? No worries. Book a HP Probook 645 G4 running Windows 10 Pro, installed with Corel Draw 2017, Vcarve (makerspace client edition), Fusion360, Gimp, Inkscape, Meshmixer and Prusaslicer.

Vinyl cutter

Cut adhesive signage like a pro on our ROLAND CAMM-1 GS 24 vinyl cutter.  Inductions required: Fabrication Lab General Induction

Unavailable resources

  • Electronics Bench: Our full electronics bench is currently not available. We have a scaled back offer limited to Solder iron, basic multimeter and basic tools.
  • CNC Router: The CNC is unavailable until further notice.    

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