The Fab Lab at SPACE
The Fab Lab at SPACE
Support SPACE's new fabrication lab! The Fab Lab will be an affordable & accessible 3D manufacturing facility for creatives.
Support SPACE's new fabrication lab! The Fab Lab will be an affordable & accessible 3D manufacturing facility for creatives. Read more
About this project
To provide a complete 3D manufacturing facility for artists and designers that will make scanning and printing 3D objects accessible, and more importantly, affordable. The tools that will be made available would be a 3D printer, a laser cutter, and a vinyl cutter, alongside soldering irons and a sewing machine for use with conductive thread.
We are aiming to purchase two 3D printers, 10kg of filament in ABS and PLA, a laser cutter, and a vinyl cutting machine, which will offer a comprehensive digitisation facility in our MediaLab. We will also build a dedicated area devoted to additive manufacturing.
As a charity that offers support for over 700 artists and designers, an affordable and accessible 3D reproduction facility will not only continue our remit to support artists and designers, but will also allow for creatives across London to try their hand at taking their ideas to a level that may not have been evident before.
What will differentiate our provisions from similar commercial entities in London is that we will also host regular events, lectures, and seminars that will focus on the discourse associated with digital manufacturing processes. In essence, we are not purely focusing on the how of making, but also the why.
We want to encourage and support a wide range of practitioners, across all ages and backgrounds, to think, make, play, and question.
Memberships for only £20/year will ensure that individuals will have access to all of the facilities.
You will be part of a network open to likeminded individuals who are passionate about how technology can influence our daily lives.
Risks and challenges
With ever increasing demands we anticipate the following risks and challenges:
1) Ensuring that the individuals using the machines are made aware of correct file types required in order to create satisfactory outputs. We will provide regular on-going workshops that will address these concerns.
2) Providing and maintaining prices for scans and prints that offers excellent value for money when compared to other commercial manufacturing facilities.
3) Ensuring the output is up to standard, even with machines costing significantly less than commercial facilities.
4) Providing 1:1 technical assistance where and when required. The amount of time spent with individuals may vary according to the requirements.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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