It is essential to attend an About Fab Lab Tour before you attend other events at Fab Lab Wgtn. The events below are the most frequently offered. Sometimes they’re every day, sometimes once a week. Most events run for approximately one hour unless it says otherwise. Each week there may be different topics covered, depending on demand and who is offering to run them.
Please wear covered shoes to all sessions.
Come and get acquainted with Fab Lab Wgtn; our culture, equipment and spaces to help you make the most of your time with us. We’ll introduce you to our projects and important safety information about this space. Please wear covered shoes and bring an ID card.
Selecting the right platform on which to document your work is always a challenge. Find out about the benefits of open documentation and blogging using github pages.
An introduction to the advantages and disadvantages of each. Find out what things to consider when developing an achievable workflow. We will look at existing projects and examine how they were developed. Bring along a project you have made and discuss alternative ways of creating it.
Wondering whether you're imagining the right material and techniques for your new project? Have you got 'Blank Page syndrome' and feeling a bit stuck with developing your ides? Come along for a Big Chat; bring whatever sketches, inspiration and thoughts you have, and your lunch (or breakfast) and let's bounce some ideas around.
Learn everything you need to know about basic laser cutting at Fab Lab Wgtn. In this session, we’ll walk you through how to set-up your vector files on the machine, and the do’s and don’ts of laser cutting.
Come along for some embroidery based adventures. Learn the basics about digital embroidery to incorporate it into your projects. We’ll create a small example together then walk through how to set-up your vector files and create successful designs to create your first embroidered pattern.
Want to get into 3D printing? Not sure where to start? This workshop will introduce basic 3D printing workflows and give you hands-on experience setting up successful prints. You'll also get handy tips for designing for 3D printing.
The Electronics Basics Series is about designing circuits and programming in Arduino. This first session is an introduction into fundamental concepts in electronics design. You’ll be given challenges to prototype basic circuit components on breadboards. This is a good opportunity to brush up on Ohm’s Law and electronics puns.
The CNC Milling Basics series will take you through how to set-up and control a 3-axis CNC milling machine. In this first session, you’ll learn how to generate tool-paths for vector files in the vCarve software. This is a great opportunity for you to come with project ideas and ask questions about designing for 3 axis milling.
Learn everything you need to know about vinyl cutting at Fab Lab Wgtn. In this session, we’ll walk you through how to set-up your vector files to quickly cut vinyl to make stickers, masks and more.
This is the second of the Electronics Basics Series. We will look at writing code for microcontrollers using the Arduino IDE. You’ll be given challenges to write basic programs for the Arduino Uno connected to input and output components on breadboards. This is a good opportunity to bring your ideas and test them out.
Learn the basics of wax milling to integrate it into your design practice. Whether you want to create a mould for chocolate or silicone, we will walk you through some tips and tricks of 3D mould design and show you how produce to quality wax moulds.
This is the second of the CNC Milling Basics series where you’ll learn how to set up and run a cut on the ShopBot CNC mill. This is a great opportunity for you to come with project ideas and ask questions about materials and machining options. You must complete the “About Fab Lab” tour and “CNC Milling Basics Part 1: Software” prior to attending.
Need to know if your material is reliable? Want to know how a sample will react to repeated stretching over time? The tensile tester is here to answer these questions, and more, with helpful graphs and reports.
This workshop is about the basic workflows for design and production of circuit boards. We’ll introduce you to Eagle software, setting up & milling boards, and show you around the electronics soldering station. If you don’t have any previous electronics experience, we recommend taking the “Electronics Basics Part 1 & 2” first.