Fab Lab

 

The FabLab provides facilities to build accurate physical models of computer generated designs. These models are produced using a wide range of equipment including computer controlled laser and card cutters, 3D printers and CNC Routers. This technology enables students to use a wide range of materials to achieve diverse results; from patterned facades, detailed screens, intricate hybrid structures and many more.

 

The facility is available to students enrolled in subjects delivered by ABP.

 

For further information concerning the equipment in the lab and submission instructions please read the relevant documents provided. After reading these documents if you have any further enquiries please come and see the FabLab staff in Room 105A of the 757 Swanston Street building or send an email to abp-fablab@unimelb.edu.au.

 

FabLab Forms*

 

 

Consultation Booking Form

Submit a job

* Please note that you will be redirected to a login page prior to the FabLab forms.

 

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Wait Times

 

 

 

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Laser Cutter

Card Cutter

3D Printer

CNC Router

 

Important Notices

  • An email notification will be sent on the successful submission of a job. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 10 minutes of submitting your job, please contact the FabLab.
  • Only Rhino files will be accepted. Please use the Rhino Template files to setup your file.
  • Fabrication Charges: The charges for the use of each fabrication machine have been updated as of Semester 1, 2014. Please check the machine information sections below for the costs associated with each machine.

General Information

The Card Cutter uses a small knife, controlled by computer, to cut and score thin sheet materials such as card and thin plastics. Before submitting a file please read the Detailed Guidelines below and use the Rhino Template File to setup your file.

Processing Fee:

  • Cutting cost ($0.60 per cutting minute)
  • Material cost

Important Notices:

  • Only Rhino files setup in accordance with the Card Cutter Guidelines and using the Rhino Template will be processed. If a file is setup incorrectly the job will be cancelled.
  • Only Rhino files can be submitted. AutoCAD and other file types will not be processed.
  • Ensure cut parts remain attached to the sheet by leaving some edges as score lines. For more information regarding this please read the detailed guidelines.

Laser cutters work by directing the output of a high-power laser, controlled by computer, at the material to be cut. The material then either melts, burns or vaporizes away leaving an edge with a high-quality finish. The Fablab’s laser cutters are used to cut flat-sheet material. Before submitting a file please read the Detailed Guidelines below and use the Rhino Template File to setup your file:

Processing Fee:

  • Cutting time ($1.00 per minute)
  • Material Cost

Important Notices:

  • Please note that we no longer accept and cut files with close cut lines and/or strips of materials out of perspex or other similar materials.
  • Only Rhino files setup in accordance with the Laser Guidelines and using the Rhino Template will be processed. If a file is setup incorrectly the job will be cancelled.
  • Only Rhino files can be submitted. AutoCAD and other file types will not be processed.
  • If you wish to cut materials not supplied by the Fablab you must provide an MSDS sheet to the FabLab Coordinator. Please allow one week for material approval.

3D Printing is an additive manufacturing process of making three dimensional physical objects from digital models. These physical objects are created by adding or laying down and binding successive layers of material. The FabLab currently operates a Z Corp Z450 3D Printer. This printer produces three dimensional objects by binding or gluing successive layers of powder together in the area of the object. A thin layer of powder is laid across the print area. The print head then applies the binding agent in the areas where the object is solid. The print bed is then slightly lowered and the next layer of powder is scraped out and binding agent applied where the next layer is solid. All these layers combine to produce the physical 3D object.

Processing Fee:

  • Material cost (Power - $0.60 per cm3, ABS/Polymer - $0.30 per cm3)
  • Minimum fee of $15.00. A full quote will be provided before jobs are processed.

Important Notices:

  • If you are not familiar with 3d printing and printing through the FabLab we suggest you submit a trial print 4 weeks before your project is due to familiarise yourself with the process.
  • Allow at least 1 week for your print to be completed, cleaned and infiltrated. This process can take some time especially when the print has thin and delicate parts.
  • It is your responsibility to submit a file that is suitable to print. If your file is not in a printable state you will be asked to correct your file. The FabLab staff will not do this for you.

A CNC router or milling machine is a computer controlled shaping machine where the tool paths can be controlled via computer. It can cut and mill various hard materials, such as wood, composites, aluminium, plastics, and foams. All students wishing to submit a job to the CNC must book a CNC consultation before submission via the Appointment Form (link above). At the consultation staff will direct students on the appropriate file setup for tool pathing. Before consultation and file setup please read the CNC Router File Setup Guidelines below. For information to setup your own tool path information using RhinoCAM please read the CNC Router Tool Path Guidelines below.

Processing Fee:

  • Toolpathing ($15.00 per job if required)
  • Cutting time ($0.50 per milling minute)
  • Material cost

Important Notices:

  • All students submitting a CNC job must book a CNC consultation via the form above before file submission.
  • CNC jobs can take a great deal of time. Therefore the wait time for CNC jobs may extend beyond one week. Please check the wait time above on this page or via the FabLab before submitting a job.
  • If you are not familiar with CNC Routing we suggest you submit a trial job at least 4 weeks before your project is due to familiarise yourself with the process.
  • It is your responsibility to submit a file that is suitable for CNC Routing and setup in accordance with the guidelines. If your file is not set up correctly you will be asked to correct your file. The FabLab staff will not do this for you.