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The Edge Fabrication Lab is a creative space with the resources to bring your creative vision to life. It is a community makerspace with equipment and tools available to anyone with a creative idea; laser cutters, soldering stations, 3D printers, sewing machines, a CNC Router and more. You just have to be over 16, wear covered footwear and have completed the relevant safety induction.
The Edge has partially re-opened to the public but is currently only open with bookable study spaces on level 1. Please check the opening hours page and alerts page for conditions of entry.
Book and use the laser cutter for free once you've successfully completed the Fabrication Lab General Induction and a Laser Induction.
The Edge's bookable Laser Cutter/ Engraver is a Trotec Rayjet 300.
We have a range of laser materials for sale in the Fabrication Lab Shop.
Book and use a 3D printer for free once you've successfully completed the Fabrication Lab General Induction and a 3D Printer Induction.
The Edge's bookable 3D printers are Prusa i3 MK3.
Book and use the CNC Router for free once you've successfully completed the Fabrication Lab General Induction and a CNC Router Induction.
The Edge's bookable CNC Router is a Multicam 2412.
We have a range of CNC materials for sale in the Fabrication Lab Shop.
Never used the tools in the Fabrication Lab before? That's okay. The Applied Creativity team at State Library run a weekly General Induction for the Fabrication Lab and monthly Equipment Inductions for each of the bookable resources in the Lab. These inductions provide you with all the skills and knowledge to safely and efficiently use the tools.
Book and use the electronics bench for free once you've successfully completed the Fabrication Lab General Induction and an Electronics Bench Induction.
The Fabrication Lab Electronics Benches are a resource with a range of tools and diagnostic equipment for electronic prototyping. Tool including soldering and hot-air reflow stations, bench power supply and multimeters, analogue signal generator, oscilloscope and other assorted tools.
Book and use a sewing machine for free once you've successfully completed the Fabrication Lab General Induction and a Sewing Induction.
The Edge has a fleet of the rock solid and reliable classic Bernina 700 Record series Sewing Machines and a 700D Overlocker.
Book and use the vinyl cutter for free once you've successfully completed a General Induction.
The Edge's bookable Vinyl Cutter is ROLAND CAMM-1 GS 24.
We have a range of vinyl for sale in the Fabrication Lab Shop.
State Library invites all creatives and makers interested in experimenting, exploring ideas, creativity and collaboration to connect with like-minded peers to participate in regular community projects, events and regular meetups including Hack the Evening, the weekly social meetup in our Fabrication Lab .
The community makes amazing things and here are some of those people.
Don't have a computer to layout your laser job? Need to design a model for the 3D printers? No worries. The Edge Fabrication Lab has a fleet of laptops for use in the Fabrication Lab. The current specifications are HP Probook 645 G4 running Windows 10 Pro, and are installed with Corel Draw 2017, Vcarve (makerspace client edition), Fusion360, Gimp, Inkscape, Meshmixer and Prusaslicer.
The Fabrication Lab has two 3D Scanners - A HP Sprout structured light 3D scanner designed for classroom use and a Konica Minolta VIVID 9i Non Contact 3D Laser Scanner/Digitizer system.
The Edge Fabrication Lab also has a range of hand tools, finishing tools and specialist equipment you might expect in a community makerspace. Tools like vice, hammer, drills, clamps, spanners, screwdrivers, a hand saw or chisels. Some people don't have the money, the space or don't want the clutter; that's what the Fabrication Lab is for. There is also specialist equipment for casting, vacuuming forming and bending plastics available; some and speak to the team accessing using these.
The Fabrication Lab Shop stocks a range of well priced materials for you to use on the machines. Plastics for the 3D printers, acrylic and speciality plywood for the laser cutter, full and half size sheets of plywood for the CNC. All materials have sourced and tested specifically for use in the Fabrication Lab so that you know you are going to get the best results.
If you want to experiment or use other materials you need to check with staff prior to your booking.
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