Facebook Live Sessions

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Starting Tuesday November 17th at 11am we will be hosting a series of Facebook Live sessions where you can engage with the Fab Lab Team and find out more about digital fabrication technologies and how you can use these for work, school or home projects.

Kicking off the first week we will be discussing Laser Cutting, explaining what a desktop laser cutter can do and demonstrating some of the projects that ourselves and Fab Lab users have made.

The series continues every Tuesday at 11am:

Tuesday 24th November – 3D Printing

Tuesday 1st December – Vinyl Cutting

Tuesday 8th December – Prototyping with Leo Scarff

Our New YouTube Channel

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Free Online Resources on New YouTube Channel

The Covid-19 situation, lockdown restrictions and the ‘new normal’ have affected every single person in Ireland to a greater or lesser extent and Fab Lab Maker Hub is no exception. Our programme of events and activities took a major hit during the summer but we have used the time to create a number of free online resources that we will be releasing over the coming weeks and months.

The previous news item talked about our exciting new podcast series that features interviews with local makers, designers and inventors who use digital fabrication in their work.

We have also been busy creating a new YouTube Channel that will feature:

  • Video Tutorials on 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, Vinyl Cutting, 3D Scanning
  • Demos of Digital Fabrication Technology and Fab Lab Equipment
  • Design Webinars
  • Online Workshops

The first series on the new channel is called Pop Up Fab Lab and features a mix of technology overviews and hands-on tutorials that were filmed at The Hive in Carrick On Shannon in July (under Covid-19 compliant conditions). There are 3 videos uploaded already with more coming each week.

This short overview video gives you a taster of the kind of projects and technologies that will feature in upcoming videos. If there is something in particular that you would like us to feature then leave a comment below or contact us via email and lastly please subscribe to the YouTube Channel to get notified of new content and leave a like for any videos you find useful.

Fab Lab Maker Hub Podcast

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New Podcast Series To Inspire Creative Invention

Stuart Lawn is your host on this new series where each week we talk to designers and makers, artists and inventors who use digital fabrication tools and processes in their work and business.

We explore the stories of how they got started, the pros and cons of using digital tools and how technology has helped them develop their unique products.

We also hear how the Covid-19 situation has affected their current and future plans for their businesses and Spoiler Alert! – It’s not all doom and gloom.

Coming up in the first episode on Weds 16th Sept we talk to Louise Carroll who runs her own craft business from her home in Dromahair, County Leitrim and how she combines hand crafted slate with digital fabrication techniques.

Future episodes feature Sound Artist – Ed Devane, Kickstarter Inventor – John Hanley, 3D Printed Crafter – Craig French and other inspirational stories of Northwest of Ireland based makers and designers who have turned their ideas into profitable businesses by using digital fabrication.

The aim of the podcast is to inform and inspire any would-be designers or makers out there to take the leap and turn their ideas into reality (with help from us if you need it).

Subscribe on Spotify, Pocketcast, Overcast, Radio Public, Apple and Google Podcasts to get your weekly fix of The Maker Hub Podcast.


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FABxLive: July 27-31 2020

Each year the Fab Lab community around the world gather in a selected city for an annual conference. Past events have been held in the USA, Egypt, Spain and China. Due to the global pandemic this years conference is going virtual so now everyone around the globe can participate!

FABXLive, this year’s global Fab Lab Network conference, is an online, distributed, FREE conference that gives us an opportunity to stay connected, reflect and engage deeply around Fab Labs and other community responses to COVID-19, the current state of the world and our vision for the future. 

With more than 2000 Fab Labs in 126 countries worldwide, we will bring together members of the international Fab Lab Network, government representatives, the manufacturing industry, artists, teachers, academic researchers and experts in the field of digital fabrication, to present, envision, innovate, create community, disseminate best practices in digital fabrication and discuss solutions to our world’s challenges during this unprecedented time in history.

Why You Should Tune In

Our new FABxLive member platform will allow us to share, contribute, promote and interact with each other leading up to and during the conference. We encourage you to register TODAY, update your profile and expertise in order to connect with others, live chat, participate, and more.

Is This Event Free?

Yes! Registration is free, and the only expense you may experience is purchasing a few materials locally for a hands on workshop you sign up for, but most materials will be things found around your house or at a grocery store!