Did you know that if you venture into Exeter Library you will also discover the city’s FabLab? FabLab Exeter is a small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication – the very first to open in a UK public library!
For this week’s #FinditinExeter we caught up with Marcus, FabLab Exeter’s Digital Making Tutor, to find out more about this exciting space.
Inside FabLab you will find computer-controlled machines that allow you to invent, make and share. The digital makerspace contains a laser cutter, digital embroider, CNC router, 3D printers, a vinyl cutter and dye sublimation printer, and the team of skilled volunteers are always available to train members up on the software.
You could print a t-shirt, design and produce a 3D model, make beautiful embroidered designs, laser cut a piece of art from wood or Perspex, or even CNC machine an electric guitar!
FabLab Exeter is a not-for-profit community resource that is open to anybody who wants to learn about digital making to invent, create and design, turning ideas into reality. The facility is often used by makers, designers, local businesses, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs and retired individuals, they also welcome school and group visits too.
Anybody can have a go at using the FabLab at a workshop, whether that’s in its home at Exeter Library or at a pop-up FabLab event. This summer all their children’s workshops are linked with the Summer Reading Challenge theme of ‘Space Chase’, inspired by the 50th anniversary Apollo 11 moon landings. Children can have a go at making a laser cut space-themed keyring, designing their own T-shirt or designing a 3D printed glow in the dark alien. To discover all workshops, click here.
There are three routes to using the FabLab in Exeter Library:
- Taster sessions – see what a machine can do with an hour 1:1 session for £10 (or 90 minutes for 2 people for £20)
- Workshops – a range of workshops are available for adults and children to design and make something in the FabLab
- Yearly Membership – includes inductions for all machines and ongoing support
If you are 16 years or above, you can purchase a yearly membership to utilise the FabLab. Memberships are available for individuals, profit making businesses, non-profit making businesses and charities, and start from £72 per year (which includes all inductions). Once you have completed your membership inductions, you can then book onto using the FabLab’s resources with a small charge per hour.
FabLab is open Tuesday – Thursday and alternative Friday and Saturdays.
FabLab Exeter comes under FabLab Devon and is run by Libraries Unlimited.