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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.


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.


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.


The Fabrication Lab is now open longer!

Your community access Makerspace and Fabrication Lab is now even better, offering extended opening hours.


The Fabrication Lab has seen a great uptake from the community over the past 18 months, and now in response to feedback and the high-use of some equipment, designers, crafters and hobbyist can access the makerspace after traditional business hours.

Commencing Tuesday 15 November, we will trial new operating hours in the basement, opening one extra day a week and extending hours out to 8pm.

What does this mean for you? More access to the equipment and space and more opportunity for you to cut, print, sew and make on the laser cutter, 3D printers, sewing machines and hand tools!

If you’ve completed your induction and there’s a project you’re working on, or you’ve got one in mind for Christmas (decorations or presents?), make sure you jump online and book a session, or drop in next Tuesday from midday. Tuesday’s will be a designated ‘drop in’ day – no online bookings, just drop in, add your name to the list, and wait for your 15 minute slot to cut or print.

If you haven’t visited our Fabrication Lab before and you’d like to know how to get involved, drop in while the Lab is open and chat to the staff, or come along to the free weekly meetup, Hack the Evening – Thursday’s and Saturday’s from 5.30pm.

Inductions on all the equipment (which is required before you can play), will be available in the New Year. If you’d like to stay up-to-date and find out when inductions open, sign-up for The Edge’s monthly eNewsletter, and watch out for the first issue in mid-January with a big list of courses, workshops and inductions.

 

New Fabrication Lab operating hours, from Tuesday 15 November:

Midday to 8pm: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

 

Christmas Closure:

While The Edge will be open throughout the Christmas and New Year period (check the website for closures on public holidays), the Fabrication Lab will run on a different schedule. The Fabrication Lab will be closed from 8pm Saturday 17 December, reopening at midday on Tuesday 31 January 2017.

 

For more information, visit The Edge website, or call 0 7 3842 9400.


A STEAMpunk Wind-up LED

Earlier this year, The Edge was approached by Independent Schools Queensland to participate in a Makerspace Roadshow running across the State from April to September…


…and since the best way of learning is by doing, we developed a new workshop that not only encapsulates what we have learned about how to engage young people with informal STEM education, but also gives participants a take-home result complete with gears, hand–made electronics and a flashing LED.

STEAMpunk LED workshop

We set ourselves the challenge of producing a kit that requires no glue or soldering, includes the tools needed to put it together and uses less than $5 worth of materials, and judging from the delighted Twitter posts from participants we seem to have succeeded. The number of Year 3 teachers who have overcome their initial fear of unfamiliar technologies and finished the workshop proudly exclaiming ‘I can’t wait to show my husband/students/Principal what I did today!’ has been truly humbling.

Joule Thief

Luckily for educators across Queensland, the Makerspace Roadshow still has a few sessions to run, and enrolments are open through the ISQ website by following this link.

In the near future, The Edge will also be making instructions, design files and prepared kits available to schools and libraries through our resources and Workshop Plans page.

 


Would you like to know more about the LED wind-up and how it’s powered? Dr Peter Musk, The Edge’s Science Catalyst explains the power of the Joule Thief, in this blog post.


 


AUXILIARY PLUS

AUXILIARY is calling for applicants for AUXILIARY PLUS – a six week foundational Industrial Design course that teaches sketching, lo-fi prototyping and CAD. It is open to students, professionals and creatives wanting to supercharge their design skills.


AUXILIARY PLUS is also a preparatory primer for the client sponsored AUXILIARY X programme. Students from the inaugural AUXILIARY X programme recently won big in The Australian Good Design Awards’ Young Australian Design Awards category providing a shining representation of innovative Queensland design.

After almost 50 students entered and 9 finalists selected, the winners were announced at the Good Design Awards Gala Night in Sydney on May 27th. Three AUXILIARY finalists took away 3 awards on the night from the 5 available – an outstanding achievement considering competition from prestigious institutions such as UTS, UNSW and Monash.
 

TomAngeDave

 

Angelina Kwan’s Air-O Pan project won the Technology Award. Air-O Pan combines the cooking technologies of an induction fry pan, air fryer, wok, steamer and even a steam oven into one easy to use appliance.
 
Angelina_Air-O-Pan

 

Thomas Costello’s Botany project won the Sustainability Award. Botany is a vertical aeroponic garden designed to be a simple and attractive micro-farming solution for high density urban homes and apartments where home grown food is either inconvenient or impossible, which meets an ever growing current market trend.
 
Thomas_Botany

 

David Chapman’s Essence  project won People’s Choice. Essence unlocks natural properties found in household plants; to preserve food and repel insects through air oxidisers and fragrances and even includes a self-watering system.
 
Dave_Essence

 

The 14 week AUXILIARY X programme where the above work was created saw students produce innovative and high resolution concepts for client Sunbeam Australia. Throughout the programme students were armed with the tactical, practical and strategic skills needed to meet the demands of a real world client, and the outcome speaks for itself. The entire design process behind each of these amazing projects was realised in The Edge’s Fabrication Lab, which provided all the necessary tools and resources under the one roof to enable the next generation of designers bring their ideas to life.

The deadline for AUXILIARY PLUS applications is Friday, June 24. Details of the forthcoming AUXILIARY X programme will be announced over the coming months.

For more information visit auxdesignschool.com.au or contact AUXILIARY at contact@auxdesignschool.com.au


KEYNOTE / Learnings from the Makers’ Movement in Portland, Oregon

Professional Development Opportunity


Join The Edge for a Makers Forum with special guest, Chris Lau, General Manager of Portland’s entrepreneurial makerspace ADX.

Chris will share his insights into how the Makers’ Movement can diversify the economy and revive manufacturing – based on the Portland ADX experience.


  • Thursday 26 May 2016
  • 9.30am arrival for 10am start to 12 noon
  • Coffee and morning tea will be available for purchase from The Edge Coffee Stop from 9.30am
  • The Edge Auditorium, Level 1
  • Free – registration is essential

REGISTER HERE


Workshop for Makers, Artisans, Fabricators and Makerspace Operators

In addition to the forum on Thursday 26 May, there is also the opportunity to join Chris Lau, in a two-hour workshop. Ideal for makers, artisans, fabricators and markerspace operators, Chris will share his insights into how to build a viable business, using learnings from Portland’s makerspace, ADX.

FIND OUT MORE & REGISTER


About ADX
ADX is a hub for collaboration in Portland, Oregon where individuals and organizations make and learn. By sharing tools, knowledge, and experience, we’re doing things better – working together. Our makerspace, learning center, and custom fabrication shop allows anyone to bring their idea to life. In our 14,000-square foot facility, high-profile designers work alongside students, retirees share their knowledge with novice builders, and entrepreneurs collaborate with hobbyists.

About Chris Lau
Chris oversees all operations, including business strategy, finance, programming, risk management, and the physical facility. Chris serves as a facilitator, ensuring that all the complex parts of ADX work together synergistically and align with long-term goals and company values. A lifelong maker, Chris has a background in residential and commercial construction, furniture building, custom fabrication, mechanical maintenance, project management, and customer service. Having worked in various capacities within ADX including Fabrication, Education, and Membership, Chris has a deep and well-rounded understanding of how a makerspace functions internally and within a larger community.

Photo of Chris Lau, ADX

Chris Lau, ADX General Manager


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KEYNOTE / Learnings from the Makers’ Movement in Portland, Oregon

Professional Development Opportunity


Join The Edge for a Makers Forum with special guest, Chris Lau, General Manager of Portland’s entrepreneurial makerspace ADX.

Chris will share his insights into how the Makers’ Movement can diversify the economy and revive manufacturing – based on the Portland ADX experience.


  • Thursday 26 May 2016
  • 9.30am arrival for 10am start to 12 noon
  • Coffee and morning tea will be available for purchase from The Edge Coffee Stop from 9.30am
  • The Edge Auditorium, Level 1
  • Free – registration is essential

REGISTER HERE


Workshop for Makers, Artisans, Fabricators and Makerspace Operators

In addition to the forum on Thursday 26 May, there is also the opportunity to join Chris Lau, in a two-hour workshop. Ideal for makers, artisans, fabricators and markerspace operators, Chris will share his insights into how to build a viable business, using learnings from Portland’s makerspace, ADX.

FIND OUT MORE & REGISTER


About ADX
ADX is a hub for collaboration in Portland, Oregon where individuals and organizations make and learn. By sharing tools, knowledge, and experience, we’re doing things better – working together. Our makerspace, learning center, and custom fabrication shop allows anyone to bring their idea to life. In our 14,000-square foot facility, high-profile designers work alongside students, retirees share their knowledge with novice builders, and entrepreneurs collaborate with hobbyists.

About Chris Lau
Chris oversees all operations, including business strategy, finance, programming, risk management, and the physical facility. Chris serves as a facilitator, ensuring that all the complex parts of ADX work together synergistically and align with long-term goals and company values. A lifelong maker, Chris has a background in residential and commercial construction, furniture building, custom fabrication, mechanical maintenance, project management, and customer service. Having worked in various capacities within ADX including Fabrication, Education, and Membership, Chris has a deep and well-rounded understanding of how a makerspace functions internally and within a larger community.

Photo of Chris Lau, ADX

Chris Lau, ADX General Manager


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KEYNOTE / Learnings from the Makers’ Movement in Portland, Oregon

Professional Development Opportunity


Join The Edge for a Makers Forum with special guest, Chris Lau, General Manager of Portland’s entrepreneurial makerspace ADX.

Chris will share his insights into how the Makers’ Movement can diversify the economy and revive manufacturing – based on the Portland ADX experience.


  • Thursday 26 May 2016
  • 9.30am arrival for 10am start to 12 noon
  • Coffee and morning tea will be available for purchase from The Edge Coffee Stop from 9.30am
  • The Edge Auditorium, Level 1
  • Free – registration is essential

REGISTER HERE


Workshop for Makers, Artisans, Fabricators and Makerspace Operators

In addition to the forum on Thursday 26 May, there is also the opportunity to join Chris Lau, in a two-hour workshop. Ideal for makers, artisans, fabricators and markerspace operators, Chris will share his insights into how to build a viable business, using learnings from Portland’s makerspace, ADX.

FIND OUT MORE & REGISTER


About ADX
ADX is a hub for collaboration in Portland, Oregon where individuals and organizations make and learn. By sharing tools, knowledge, and experience, we’re doing things better – working together. Our makerspace, learning center, and custom fabrication shop allows anyone to bring their idea to life. In our 14,000-square foot facility, high-profile designers work alongside students, retirees share their knowledge with novice builders, and entrepreneurs collaborate with hobbyists.

About Chris Lau
Chris oversees all operations, including business strategy, finance, programming, risk management, and the physical facility. Chris serves as a facilitator, ensuring that all the complex parts of ADX work together synergistically and align with long-term goals and company values. A lifelong maker, Chris has a background in residential and commercial construction, furniture building, custom fabrication, mechanical maintenance, project management, and customer service. Having worked in various capacities within ADX including Fabrication, Education, and Membership, Chris has a deep and well-rounded understanding of how a makerspace functions internally and within a larger community.

Photo of Chris Lau, ADX

Chris Lau, ADX General Manager


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WORKSHOP / Artisan Manufacturing: Learnings from Portland, Oregon

Professional Development Opportunity

WORKSHOP FOR MAKERS, ARTISANS, FABRICATORS AND MAKERSPACE OPERATORS


You are invited to attend a very special workshop to be run by the visiting General Manager of Portland Oregon’s entrepreneurial makerspace Art Design “ADX” Portland.

Chris Lau will share his insights into how to build a viable business for makers, including what makes for a healthy artisan manufacturing business, common obstacles and pitfalls, and balancing artistry and entrepreneurialism.

 

Choose from two workshop times:

    • Thursday 26 May 2016 – 2pm (arrival and afternoon tea) for 2.30pm – 4.30pm

– OR –

    • Friday 27 May 2016 – 9.30am (arrival and morning tea) for 10am – 12 noon
  • Coffee and morning/afternoon tea included
  • The Edge, Fabrication Lab, Level 0
  • $16.50 per person

REGISTER HERE

 


Professional Development Opportunity

MAKERS FORUM: LEARNINGS FROM THE MAKERS’ MOVEMENT


In addition to the maker workshops, Chris will also be presenting at The Edge on Thursday 26 May with a free Makers Forum, sharing insights into how the Makers’ Movement can diversify the economy and revive manufacturing.

FIND OUT MORE & REGISTER


 

About ADX
ADX is a hub for collaboration in Portland, Oregon where individuals and organizations make and learn. By sharing tools, knowledge, and experience, we’re doing things better – working together. Our makerspace, learning center, and custom fabrication shop allows anyone to bring their idea to life. In our 14,000-square foot facility, high-profile designers work alongside students, retirees share their knowledge with novice builders, and entrepreneurs collaborate with hobbyists.

 

About Chris Lau
Chris oversees all operations, including business strategy, finance, programming, risk management, and the physical facility. Chris serves as a facilitator, ensuring that all the complex parts of ADX work together synergistically and align with long-term goals and company values. A lifelong maker, Chris has a background in residential and commercial construction, furniture building, custom fabrication, mechanical maintenance, project management, and customer service. Having worked in various capacities within ADX including Fabrication, Education, and Membership, Chris has a deep and well-rounded understanding of how a makerspace functions internally and within a larger community.

Photo of Chris Lau, ADX

Chris Lau, ADX General Manager


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Questions? Please contact event organisers Margaret Blade 0419 751 846 or Alice Langford 0419 007 709

 

This project has been supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) programme, an Australian Government initiative.