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.
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.
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.