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Fabrication Lab

The second node in UNB's makerspace ecosystem (see UNB Makerspace), the Fabrication Lab at the Harriet Irving Library Research Commons provides tools and fosters community for engaging in hands-on learning and making activities. Whether incorporating material representations into a class project, developing a prototype for a business, printing promotional materials for an event, or sewing a patch onto your favourite jean jacket, ours is an inclusive, versatile space open to people at all skill levels. 

Technologies

  • 3D Printing
  • 3D Scanning
  • Cricut
  • Textiles
  • Electronics
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Equipment

  • 6 Original Prusa I3 MK3S+ 3D printers
  • Einscan SE 3D Scanner
  • Crowley Overhead Document Scanner
  • Cricut Maker, Cricut Mug Press, and Cricut Textile Press
  • Button Maker
  • Soldering Iron
  • 3 Arduino Unos and 3 Nanos, along with various input/output devices, resistors, power supplies, etc.
  • 3 Brother CS6000i Sewing Machines
  • Ryobi Rotari Tool

Onsite software

  • Cricut Premium (for finding and downloading Cricut designs)
  • Fusion 360 (for 3D model design)
  • Sketchfab Premium (for hosting and embedding 3D models)
  • Thingiverse (for finding and downloading 3D models)

Community Tools

  • Tool Kit (socket wrench and sockets, screwdrivers, wrenches)
  • Rechargable Drill
  • Anvil Vise
  • Bubble Level
  • Helping Hands
  • Gitial Calipers
  • Belt Sander
  • Craft Cutter
  • Rulers/Guides
  • USB Charger(s)
  • Dremel
  • Staple Gun
  • Mini Hacksaw
  • Mini Screwdrivers
  • Clamps
  • Hammer
  • Utility Knives
  • Allen / Hex Keys
  • Wire Strippers

Crafting 

  • Jewelry making supplies
  • Acrylic paints
  • Card stock

 

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Hours of Operation

Beginning September 12, 2022, the Fabrication Lab is open for UNB community members from:

  • Monday-Thursday 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Friday-Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

During these hours, staff can help you learn to use the technologies and assist with projects.

Otherwise open by appointment (contact Mattia Fonzo - mfonzo@unb.ca).

Fabrication Lab Policies

Please familiarize yourself with our policies and expectations.

Fabrication Lab Lockers are available for rent in the FabLab. Complete a HILRC Locker Application Form_Fillable PDF.pdf and drop it off during open hours. Each locker has a $15.00 annual fee and a $10 key deposit. Upon return of the locker year at the end of your rental, you will be given your $10.00 deposit back. For questions about Locker rentals please ask our FabLab staff or contact researchcommons@unb.ca 

Regular programming, Fall 2022

All programming is provided on a walk-in basis, and there is staff on hand whenever the Fabrication Lab is open to help orient UNB community members to the applications of each technology and learn how to use them.  Everyone is welcome.

 

Regular Programming

 

Maker Pedagogy

Maker or constructionist pedagogy seeks to express learning in tangible, problem-solving oriented ways. Beyond the technical skills acquired, practices involve developing skills in collaboration, project management, design thinking, and communication. Less tangible but no less important is the confidence gained in working with others and in learning and applying new technologies.  If you are a student or instructor interested in the application of maker pedagogy to your courses and/or assignments, please reach out to Marc Bragdon to discuss: mbragdon@unb.ca.