Create. Make. Innovate.Fab Lab Cockermouth is a place where anybody can make virtually anything. It is a digital fabrication workshops which is set up to give people a place to design and make and to inspire and educate. It is open to young people, adults, businesses, engineers, inventors and entrepreneurs. The idea was conceived by renowned scientist and inventor Neil Gershenfeld from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There are Fab Labs opening across the world and we are lucky enough to have a Fab Lab here in West Cumbria. It has two bases; one in Cockermouth on Derwent Mills Commercial Park and one at the West Lakes Academy in Egremont.
WHAT IS IN THE FAB LAB?
The Fab Lab offers a range of equipment and machines to stimulate creativity and imagination. This includes a 3D printer, table top CNC milling machine, a laser cutter, vinyl cutter, large bed CNC router and much more. To come to the Fab Lab is free, you just pay for machine hire and materials. The idea is to guide the interest and curiosity of youngsters and adults. To help understand design and technology and enable them to create, becoming the inventors, engineers, designers, makers and entrepreneurs of the future.
WHAT CAN YOU MAKE IN THE FAB LAB?
Well, really just about anything, including robots, electronic devices, creative art and craft work, jewellery, furniture – you just use your imagination!
HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED?
FAB LAB FOR..
We help the business community with 2D and 3D design and digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping.
We are lucky enough to have sponsorship from the John Fisher Foundation to run a free schools engagement programme in Allerdale and Copeland.
The whole process, from concept to receipt of tooling, took less than three weeks. Conventional methods would not have been economically viable and would have taken more like three months. The 3D print technology helped, but it was the service and support from Fab Lab Cockermouth that made this project happen.Chris Ward
Fab Lab provided a very prompt, efficient and cost-effective service. It was great to be able to pop into the Fab Lab and watch my prototype product being made – we’re so lucky to have this kind of facility right here on our doorstep.Sally Phillips
If I hadn’t had Fab Lab to rely on, I’m certain this project would have struggled to meet the high standards we strived for within the client’s budget. Having had the attentive and thorough support and tuition on the equipment available at Fab Lab, I’m confident in their capabilities. This has fed into my work ever since and will do so into the future.Pippa Murray
Fab Lab Cockermouth offers a range of equipment and machines to stimulate creativity and imagination. This includes a 3D printer, table top CNC milling machine, a laser cutter, vinyl cutter, large bed CNC router and much more. To come to the Fab Lab is free, you just pay for machine hire and materials.
If you can use a computer to draw in 3D you can use this machine to print your product. The 3D printer is easy to operate you just send it to print and wait until the prototype is done. Then you will need to remove the support material by hand or in a special bath. You can always work on it a bit more to sand it or paint it.
Model: Stratasys (Dimension sst 1200es)
In this section you can find open source software you can use to design 3D and 2D products. All of these software’s are used in the Fab Lab, we have included download links and tutorial guides for each of the softwares listed to help you get started.
“Ready, Steady, Make”, a Cajon Drum
Saturday 9th April 2016, 9.30am – 4.00pm
In this workshop you get to make and play your own customised cajon drum using our ShopBot ‘CNC’ router and our laser cutter. We have music experts from the Sage Gateshead to teach us how to drum in the afternoon session and hopefully get to record a track.
Cost: £60 VAT inc.
“Ready, Staedy, Make”, a Laser Cut Lamp
Saturday 16th April 2016, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Our “Ready, Steady, Make” courses are a quick and sharp introduction course where you get to use our computer controlled machinery in the Fab Lab. You will be learning by doing hands-on and it is a great way to get you started making using technology.
In this workshop you get to make a customized lamp using our laser cutter.
Price: £25 VAT inc.
Fab Lab Summer School 2016
We will be running two week-long Summer Schools courses in August 2016; the first one will run from Monday 8th to Friday 12th of August and be for those aged between 8-11 years old. The second summer school will run from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th of August and be for kids aged between 12-16 years old. Maximum numbers will be 10 people, so we need you to book in quickly so you don’t miss the chance of a great week for your kids where they will be learning how to make cool and fun things in the Fab Lab!
Cost: £120 inc. VAT and materials
CONTACT USIf you have any questions, we would love to help.
Fab Lab Cockermouth
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Where to find us
Address: Unit 4, Derwent Mills Commercial Park, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0HT
Phone: 01900 825080
Monday : 9am-5pm
Tuesday : CLOSED
Wednesday : 9am-5pm
Thursday : 9am-5pm
Friday-Sunday : CLOSED