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Open lab

Get creative during our Open lab sessions at The Edge, and engage with a community of like-minded creators with support from experienced staff and creatives.

Open lab

The Edge at State Library offers a free and accessible space for makers and designers to book and use the creative resources available with support from skilled staff during our Open lab sessions. 

Bookable equipment resources include: 

  • Two laser cutters 
  • 3D printers 
  • Vinyl cutter 
  • Sewing machines and overlocker
  • Soldering stations
  • Medium to high spec computers with creative software 

Open lab sessions are Wednesday 1.30pm to 8.00pm, Thursday 1.30pm to 8.00pm and Saturday 12.00pm to 6.00pm 

Please note, equipment bookings are required for all Open lab sessions except at our weekly meet up, Hack the Evening on Thursdays from 5 to 8pm.  

Requirements 

In order to book and use resources you must: 

Lab resources

young woman uses Trotec laser cutter
Laser cutter
Cut or engrave your own designs using our Trotec Rayjet 300 Laser Cutter/ Engraver. Inductions required: Fabrication Lab General Induction, Laser Induction
Book here
3D printer
3D Printers
Quickly turn concepts into 3D models with our Prusa i3 MK3 3D printer. Inductions required: Fabrication Lab General Induction, 3D Printer Induction
Book here
vinyl cutter use
Vinyl cutter
Cut adhesive signage like a pro on our ROLAND CAMM-1 GS 24 vinyl cutter. Inductions required: Fabrication Lab General Induction
Book here
Bernina Sewing Machine
Sewing machines
Book a reliable classic Bernina 700 Record series sewing machine for your latest fashion project. Inductions required: Fabrication Lab General Induction, Sewing Induction
Book here
Picture of overlocker with thread
Overlocker
Reserve the Bernina 700D Overlocker to give your creations a professional finish. Inductions required: Fabrication Lab General Induction, Sewing Induction
Book here
Soldering iron on bench
Electronics Bench
Book the electronics bench to utilise the soldering equipment. Inductions required: Electronics Bench Induction
Book here
Person using the SLQ Recording Studio
Recording studio
A near professional environment for recording, editing and mixing sound. Inductions required: Recording studio induction
Book here
Person fixing computer on Open Lab desk

Open lab desks

Workspaces are available for your projects during Open Lab hours.

No booking required

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 no longer available.

Events

the innovation lab
Hack the evening

Thu 18 Apr · 5–8pm + 11 more events

Join 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 during the meetup, just head along to Open lab on a Thursday evening and have a chat to staff. Available resources include: Two laser cutters 3D printers Vinyl cutter Sewing machines & overlocker Soldering stations How do I find it? Make your way to The Edge and ask at reception, or head to room 4 listed on the Level 1 map of The Edge. Open Lab hours Open lab sessions are: Wednesday 1:30 pm – 8.00 pm, Thursday 1:30 – 8:00 pm and Saturday 12 noon – 6:00 pm Please note, equipment bookings are required for all Open lab sessions except at our weekly meet up, Hack the Evening on Thursdays from 5 – 8 pm. Requirements In order to book and use resources you must: Be over 16 Become a member Attend the relevant inductions Read the The Edge Fabrication Lab Terms of Use Read through the The Edge Bookable Resources and Workshop FAQs
Event details
Innovation Lab
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 to get creative during our Open lab sessions at The Edge, and engage with a community of like-minded creators. Please note, equipment bookings are required for all Open lab sessions except at our weekly meet up Hack the evening. Every Wednesday 1:30 – 8 pm Every Thursday 1:30 – 8 pm (join us for Hack the evening from 5 pm) Every Saturday 12 noon – 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. Requirements In order to book and use resources you must: Be over 16 Become a member Attend the relevant inductions Read the The Edge Fabrication Lab Terms of Use Read through the The Edge Bookable Resources and Workshop FAQs 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.
Event details
Two people sewing
Threads at The Edge

Wed 17 Apr · 2:30–7:30pm + 9 more events

Sewing Drop In at Open Lab Drop by Open lab on the third Wednesday of each month from 2.30 - 7.30 pm and utilise the expertise of our specialist fashion facilitator, Jim Eng. A great chance to extend your skillset after undertaking our sewing induction, you can get support with the sewing machines, pattern making and general fashion fabrication. You must have completed a sewing induction to use the sewing machines and overlocker at The Edge, and we also don't allow personal machines to be brought onsite, however that shouldn't stop you from dropping by to get some advice on your sewing projects. If you would like to undertake an induction, sign up to our enewsletter to be notified of our monthly sessions. Please be aware that our facilitator's time is limited depending on how many people attend the drop in sessions. How do I find it? Open Lab is located on Level 1 of The Edge.
Event details
Two people in the recording studio
Audio at The Edge

Wed 1 May · 6–8pm + 7 more events

Audio at The Edge Welcome musicians, producers, and audio creators! Our monthly meetups will facilitate local artists and budding producers to connect, collaborate, and create. Participants will have the chance to learn various aspects of music production, exchange industry knowledge, and listen to each other's compositions. How do I find it? The Edge Recording Studio is located on Level 1 of The Edge
Event details

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