3D Printing and Digital Fabrication

At our Fab Lab, you’ll learn how technologies are changing the way we make things!

Additive technology usually refers to making something in layers from a 3D design. Our Fabrication Laboratory or Fab Lab (also known as Fab Lab Baltimore) is at the cutting edge in training students in this new technology. The applications of additive manufacturing technologies are nearly limitless, within the areas of building construction, medical applications, and consumer products. Using a laser cutter/engraver, vinyl cutter, CNC router and CNC plasma cutter in our Fab Lab, you will be able to gain leading-edge skills for this and other technologies offered in the spirit of the “Maker Movement.”

Who can use Fab Lab?

The Fab Lab is a non-profit digital fabrication lab, community work-space, and educational center, that serves as a resource for students, designers, artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and other professionals, as well as businesses and institutions. To use the Fab Lab you must first take Fab Lab Introduction (less than 3 hours) to learn basic safety and operating procedures. This introductory class makes you a lab member, and gives you access to many of the lab resources. All other classes last from 3 and 6 hours and incorporate a short break.

Corporate, onsite, and customized training available.

3D Printing and Digital Fabrication Classes Include:

Fab Lab Introduction

Learn the safety and operating procedures of the Fab Lab. Topics include safety/materials/basic setup/basic operation of most of the lab equipment.
Note: This course is required before the lab can be used on a membership basis. test

Machine Specific Classes

FAB Lab 3D Printer Applications Introduction
Learn applications using the 3D printer and design software. Includes a final project. Prerequisite: Fab Lab Introduction

FAB Lab Laser Cutter Applications Introduction
Learn applications using the laser cutter/engraver and vinyl cutter. Includes a final project. Prerequisite: Fab Lab Introduction

FAB Lab CNC Router Applications Introduction
Learn applications using the ShopBot CNC Router design software. Includes a final project. Prerequisite: Fab Lab Introduction.
Note: In order to use the CNC router on a membership basis this course is required in addition to the introductory class.

FAB Lab CNC Plasma Cutter Applications Introduction
Learn applications using the CNC Plasma Cutter and associated software. Includes a final project. Prerequisite: Fab Lab Introduction

Design Classes

Fab Lab 2D Digital Design Introduction
Gain an introduction to two-dimensional digital design software. Topics to be covered include bitmap and vector graphics, drawing poly-lines, Boolean operations, scaling, rotation, node editing, editing object properties, tracing bitmaps, and editing contrast.

Fab Lab 3D Digital Design Introduction

Gain an introduction to three-dimensional digital design and modeling software, including Solidworks. Topics to be covered include modeling solids and surfaces, editing geometrics, Boolean operations, and drawing views.  

Circuit Board Classes

Fab Lab Circuit Boards 1
Learn design software for circuit board layout.

Fab Lab Circuit Boards 2
Learn how to solder surface mount components and assemble a circuit board.