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Get Lit! (laser cut lamps)

You might have heard (or seen) that we have a laser cutter in the Fabrication Lab. This piece of machinery is one of our favourites; it’s fast, incredibly precise and can (with some imagination) create beautiful items, from jewellery and wallets, to lampshades and signage.

In this four hour workshop we’ll show you how to use Adobe to design objects which are then ready to be cut or etched on the laser.

At the end of the workshop you’ll walk away with:

– A cardboard lampshade with your own original laser cut design

– Some basic skills in Adobe Illustrator and,

– Have completed the Laser Induction which allows you to book our laser cutter for free in open lab times

NB. The workshop will be using a different design than depicted

GENERAL INFO

  • Participants must be over 16 years of age
  • Enclosed, flat footwear must be worn at all times
  • Please register for an Edge Account before you arrive. You will need an account to complete the induction, assessment and make bookings for the equipment

BOOK HERE


Mechanical Cabarets and Other Marvels – South Bank

Gears and rods and bearings and cardboard, this is all about creating a one of a kind, mechanical cabaret to amaze just about everyone with your cleverness. Absolutely no experience is required.

The iconic view of the Brisbane River, the “Wheel of Brisbane” and QPAC is precisely cut to scale out of cardboard and presented in a flat pack kit. The wheel slowly turns as a ferry boat cruises by. This kit can be assembled by teens and adults. It is educational in that it demonstrates the use of electrical circuits, pulleys, ratios and cranks.

At the end of the workshop, you will take home your own uniquely decorated moving creation!

This kit is designed by William Davy, a Brisbane based artist and winner of the 2017 Brisbane City Council “Salvage” art competition.


General Information:

  • Participants must be over 16 years of age
  • Enclosed, flat footwear must be worn at all times
  • This workshop does not include a laser induction

BOOK HERE


Facility Induction: Laser Cutter

Book and use the laser cutter for free, once you’ve successfully completed your induction. Please note, completion of the induction does not guarantee availability of the equipment, as it is subject to demand.

The Edge’s open access Makerspace and Fabrication Lab provides the equipment and tools for your curiosity and imagination to come alive. In the basement you’ll have access to a range of resources and equipment including: CNC Router, Sewing Machines and Overlockers, 3D Printers, Hand Tools, Soldering Irons, Vinyl Cutters and more!

To gain access to this equipment, successfully complete a safety induction on your chosen resource, and then it’s yours to book and use it free of charge.

Your Induction. In this induction you will learn how to safely operate our Rayjet Laser Cutter, making something to take home. You will learn how to operate the machine, how to identify problems and what to do when problems occur.

Requirements.

  • Participants must be over 16 years of age
  • Enclosed, flat footwear must be worn at all times
  • Please register for an Edge Account before you arrive. You will need an account to complete the induction, assessment and make bookings for the equipment

For more detailed information, please refer to our Booking Terms and Conditions.

To find out more about what’s on offer at The Edge, read up on our Fabrication Lab and community makerspace.

BOOK HERE


Designer Dollhouses

 

Designer dollhouses (two sessions)

*Please note that this is a two part workshop running on the 18th and 25th of August 2018

Imagine, design and fabricate the custom dollhouse of your dreams using all the tools that The Edge has on offer. Walls, windows, furniture, a neo-gothic fantasy or a classical interpretation, create it your way over two weekends of making delight.

Techniques that will be covered:
• 3D modelling, printing and finishing
• laser cutting
• introductory electronics (with soldering)
• Sewing

(these sessions do not include inductions to the machinery)


Requirements.

  • Participants must be over 16 years of age
  • Enclosed, flat footwear must be worn at all times


Open Lab 12-6pm

Open Lab at The Edge is when the Fabrication Lab and Makerspace is open to the community. We offer set times each week, where you (the public) can access quality, professional equipment like a Laser Cutter, 3D printers (we have many and in different formats), Sewing Machines and Overlockers, Soldering Stations, Tool Shop and general work benches.


The space is fit for all types of projects, assignments, prototypes, experiments, business ideas and any creation that needs space and/or access to professional equipment.

Along with the equipment and space we also offer great minds! Whether it’s chatting to the experienced Lab staff to obtain a cleaner etch on the Laser Cutter, or troubleshooting a poor cast from a 3D printed model – we have great minds and we like to share what we know.

 

Weekly Open Lab hours

  • Tuesday 12-8pm (drop-in use only, no online bookings)
  • Wednesday 12–6pm
  • Thursday 12–6pm (Hack the Evening commences from 5.30pm)
  • Saturday 12–6pm

 

New to The Edge’s Fabrication Lab?

If you’re new to The Edge, you’ll need to book yourself in for an induction on your chosen equipment (we run inductions on all resources). Once completed, you can book and use the equipment for free(!).

Inductions are $25 and run monthly in small groups of 10. We take you through the steps of how to use the equipment, troubleshooting and safety (which is numero uno!). Inductions are mandatory, so no induction means no use.  Check out the current inductions here.

 

Already Inducted?

Each resource requires an induction, so if you’ve successfully completed one or several inductions, the Fabrication Lab is truly your playground (remembering safety is #1). Just book ahead of time to secure your spot on the equipment and then sign-in once you arrive in the space. Due to the demand for use of the equipment, we can’t guarantee access unless you’ve pre-booked online.

BOOK EQUIPMENT HERE

 

Questions?

Read more about the Fabrication Lab online, call The Edge on 3842 9400 or drop in during any Open Lab session or Hack the Evening meetup and chat to the staff – we’re more than happy to introduce you to the space.

 

Where are we?

State Library of Queensland

The Edge, Fabrication Lab & Makerspace, Level 0

The Edge is the long, slim building that runs along the river from State Library towards the Cultural Centre Bus Station, sitting in-front of the Art Gallery.

Enter on Level 1 through the main glass doors and then take the stairs or elevator to Ground/Level 0.

 


Open Lab 12-6pm

Open Lab at The Edge is when the Fabrication Lab and Makerspace is open to the community. We offer set times each week, where you (the public) can access quality, professional equipment like a Laser Cutter, 3D printers (we have many and in different formats), Sewing Machines and Overlockers, Soldering Stations, Tool Shop and general work benches.


The space is fit for all types of projects, assignments, prototypes, experiments, business ideas and any creation that needs space and/or access to professional equipment.

Along with the equipment and space we also offer great minds! Whether it’s chatting to the experienced Lab staff to obtain a cleaner etch on the Laser Cutter, or troubleshooting a poor cast from a 3D printed model – we have great minds and we like to share what we know.

 

Weekly Open Lab hours

  • Tuesday 12-8pm (drop-in use only, no online bookings)
  • Wednesday 12–6pm
  • Thursday 12–6pm (Hack the Evening commences from 5.30pm)
  • Saturday 12–6pm

 

New to The Edge’s Fabrication Lab?

If you’re new to The Edge, you’ll need to book yourself in for an induction on your chosen equipment (we run inductions on all resources). Once completed, you can book and use the equipment for free(!).

Inductions are $25 and run monthly in small groups of 10. We take you through the steps of how to use the equipment, troubleshooting and safety (which is numero uno!). Inductions are mandatory, so no induction means no use.  Check out the current inductions here.

 

Already Inducted?

Each resource requires an induction, so if you’ve successfully completed one or several inductions, the Fabrication Lab is truly your playground (remembering safety is #1). Just book ahead of time to secure your spot on the equipment and then sign-in once you arrive in the space. Due to the demand for use of the equipment, we can’t guarantee access unless you’ve pre-booked online.

BOOK EQUIPMENT HERE

 

Questions?

Read more about the Fabrication Lab online, call The Edge on 3842 9400 or drop in during any Open Lab session or Hack the Evening meetup and chat to the staff – we’re more than happy to introduce you to the space.

 

Where are we?

State Library of Queensland

The Edge, Fabrication Lab & Makerspace, Level 0

The Edge is the long, slim building that runs along the river from State Library towards the Cultural Centre Bus Station, sitting in-front of the Art Gallery.

Enter on Level 1 through the main glass doors and then take the stairs or elevator to Ground/Level 0.

 


Open Lab 12-6pm

Open Lab at The Edge is when the Fabrication Lab and Makerspace is open to the community. We offer set times each week, where you (the public) can access quality, professional equipment like a Laser Cutter, 3D printers (we have many and in different formats), Sewing Machines and Overlockers, Soldering Stations, Tool Shop and general work benches.


The space is fit for all types of projects, assignments, prototypes, experiments, business ideas and any creation that needs space and/or access to professional equipment.

Along with the equipment and space we also offer great minds! Whether it’s chatting to the experienced Lab staff to obtain a cleaner etch on the Laser Cutter, or troubleshooting a poor cast from a 3D printed model – we have great minds and we like to share what we know.

 

Weekly Open Lab hours

  • Tuesday 12-8pm (drop-in use only, no online bookings)
  • Wednesday 12–6pm
  • Thursday 12–6pm (Hack the Evening commences from 5.30pm)
  • Saturday 12–6pm

 

New to The Edge’s Fabrication Lab?

If you’re new to The Edge, you’ll need to book yourself in for an induction on your chosen equipment (we run inductions on all resources). Once completed, you can book and use the equipment for free(!).

Inductions are $25 and run monthly in small groups of 10. We take you through the steps of how to use the equipment, troubleshooting and safety (which is numero uno!). Inductions are mandatory, so no induction means no use.  Check out the current inductions here.

 

Already Inducted?

Each resource requires an induction, so if you’ve successfully completed one or several inductions, the Fabrication Lab is truly your playground (remembering safety is #1). Just book ahead of time to secure your spot on the equipment and then sign-in once you arrive in the space. Due to the demand for use of the equipment, we can’t guarantee access unless you’ve pre-booked online.

BOOK EQUIPMENT HERE

 

Questions?

Read more about the Fabrication Lab online, call The Edge on 3842 9400 or drop in during any Open Lab session or Hack the Evening meetup and chat to the staff – we’re more than happy to introduce you to the space.

 

Where are we?

State Library of Queensland

The Edge, Fabrication Lab & Makerspace, Level 0

The Edge is the long, slim building that runs along the river from State Library towards the Cultural Centre Bus Station, sitting in-front of the Art Gallery.

Enter on Level 1 through the main glass doors and then take the stairs or elevator to Ground/Level 0.

 


Open Lab 12-8pm (Drop-in)

Open Lab at The Edge is when the Fabrication Lab and Makerspace is open to the community. We offer set times each week, where you (the public) can access quality, professional equipment like a Laser Cutter, 3D printers (we have many and in different formats), Sewing Machines and Overlockers, Soldering Stations, Tool Shop and general work benches. On a Tuesday there is no need to book; just come in (so long as you’re inducted), join the queue and start making.


The space is fit for all types of projects, assignments, prototypes, experiments, business ideas and any creation that needs space and/or access to professional equipment.

Along with the equipment and space we also offer great minds! Whether it’s chatting to the experienced Lab staff to obtain a cleaner etch on the Laser Cutter, or troubleshooting a poor cast from a 3D printed model – we have great minds and we like to share what we know.

 

Weekly Open Lab hours

  • Tuesday 12-8pm (drop-in use only, no online bookings)
  • Wednesday 12–6pm
  • Thursday 12–6pm (Hack the Evening commences from 5.30pm)
  • Saturday 12–6pm

 

New to The Edge’s Fabrication Lab?

If you’re new to The Edge, you’ll need to book yourself in for an induction on your chosen equipment (we run inductions on all resources). Once completed, you can drop-in, book and use the equipment for free(!).

Inductions are $25 and run monthly in small groups of 10. We take you through the steps of how to use the equipment, troubleshooting and safety (which is numero uno!). Inductions are mandatory, so no induction means no use. Check out the current inductions here.

 

Already Inducted?

Each resource requires an induction, so if you’ve successfully completed one or several inductions, the Fabrication Lab is truly your playground (remembering safety is #1).

Tuesday is a special day in the Fabrication Lab diary because it’s drop-in day! This means, no online bookings, just drop-in, add your name to a list, and wait for your turn. We’ve implemented this drop-in day for short runs, cuts and prints, allowing more short bursts of access to the equipment.

 

Questions?

Read more about the Fabrication Lab online, call The Edge on 3842 9400 or drop in during any Open Lab session or Hack the Evening meetup and chat to the staff – we’re more than happy to introduce you to the space.

 

Where are we?

State Library of Queensland

The Edge, Fabrication Lab & Makerspace, Level 0

The Edge is the long, slim building that runs along the river from State Library towards the Cultural Centre Bus Station, sitting in-front of the Art Gallery.

Enter on Level 1 through the main glass doors and then take the stairs or elevator to Ground/Level 0.


Laser Cutter Update

Do you love the laser cutter as much as we do?

If it’s one of your favourite pieces of equipment to use at The Edge, keep reading to find out about new materials and changes to procedures, bookings, and machine settings.


 

New settings

A couple of weeks ago, Mark, our Trotec technician gave the laser its regular six-monthly service. One of the first things Mark does when he arrives is measure the output of the CO2 tube that the laser is producing. Our model is rated to produce (at least) 80 watts of power. However, it’s not uncommon (apparently), for the tube to produce more than the rated output, especially when the machine is new. As the machine begins to wear, it’s fair to expect that the power output will decline and produce closer to the rated wattage. After two years of fairly solid use by The Edge’s communities and development staff, our machine is still consistently producing 100 watts.

Reliably getting 100 watts for the price of 80 is a great problem to have. With these consistently higher output measurements though, Mark suggested we adjust all of our settings to reflect the higher energies that the machine is producing. Using the adjusted settings means the machine cuts cleaner and more efficiently. It will make bigger jobs faster to cut, and we’ll see less scorch marks on the material, and less of those flashes and pops that you see when you are cutting – the pops and flashes are actually debris being ignited in the pocket of air in the honeycomb under the material. Adjusting the power settings allows the machine to actually vaporise the material and make a clean cut , rather than heating up the general area and eventually burning through which creates a lot of smoke and mess in the machine.

So, next time you’re using the laser, take note of the new settings and enjoy the 1 to 2% extra speed. Vroom Vroom!

 

New materials

Over the last couple of months we’ve started keeping new material in stock, and communities have been trialing others. We thought it might be handy for you to know about the new materials – especially for planning your projects – and hope it inspires you to try something new!

As well as the A3 acrylic in black, white, and clear 3mm and 6 mms, we now stock primary colours in the A3 3mm. We are also stocking A2 sheets in black, white, and clear in the 3mm and 6mm, plus clear in 1. 5mm in A3 & A2. Check out the new price list here.

 

Exotic Materials

The majority of designs that community would like to cut on the laser, the materials we keep in stock do the trick nicely. But, we love to see people experiment with our resources, so we don’t want to get in the way of people trying new things.

To facilitate community members experimenting with new uses of the laser, or cutting exotic materials, we have a process for you to submit a request to use a new material. Community members need to drop in a sample (70 x 100mm is enough) and email us, providing as much information as possible. Include information like: what you think the material is, where it came from, and what you would like to do with it. The more information you can provide, the more likely you are to get permission. Mostly, we’re concerned with whether the material is safe to cut in our machine, so we are looking for Safety Data Sheets (SDS or MSDS), what the supplier called the material (photos of the tag at Bunnings are handy), or a link to the material on a website. These things help track down exactly what it is so we can tell if it’s safe.

Once we’ve established it’s safe to cut, a team member will do some testing on your sample to determine the optimum speed and power settings and get in contact to let you know. However, all this takes time, so make sure you are communicating with us well in advance about your plans (at least 14 days before your laser booking).

READ MORE ABOUT USING EXOTIC MATERIALS

 

Tuesday

Tuesdays are Drop in day for the laser. We recognise that sometimes it’s difficult to get a booking on the laser, so you can now come in on a Tuesday and reserve a 20 minute slot on the machine. Just come in with a job ready to go and put your name up on the whiteboard. Make sure it’s ready to go when it’s your turn, because if you’re not ready you’ll miss your spot in the cue.


#MADETODAY: Dog tags

#MADETODAY Dog tags, by Talia Yat

Dog tags

Toshi, the doge model

 

What did you make?
Dog tags

What inspired you to make this?
Dogs who are escape artists!

What Fabrication Lab resource did you use?
Laser Cutter

Where’d the design come from? 
Designed this myself using Adobe Illustrator.

Lastly, is there anything else you’d like to tell us about what you’ve made?

Although the wood tag looks cool, it’s not practical. The wood tag lasted about 2 weeks (her friend kindly chewed it off). The acrylic tag has lasted a lot longer.

 

Dog tags

Toshi’s tags, including the timber tag, that didn’t last long

 

Dog tags

The reverse side of Toshi’s tags

 

Have you made something in the Fabrication Lab today? We’d love to hear about it and share it with The Edge community.

Submit your entry here: http://edgeqld.org.au/madetoday/