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!

Student Enterprise 2020

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Just before the Covid19 pandemic closed all schools for the remainder of the academic year we were fortunate enough to bring our Pop Up Fab Lab to the Leitrim, Cavan and Roscommon Student Enterprise Regional Finals. We educated and entertained the fledging student mini-companies with demonstrations of 3D Printing and Laser Cutting and made Laser Cut Acrylic Name Tags for the students.

The Leitrim event was held in the Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon on the 3rd of March and featured entries from all of the Secondary schools in the county. Some notable business ideas featured hand crafted products and one in particular benefitted from some enhancement with digital fabrication. The team of Craft Son from Carrigallen Vocational School took offcuts of timber and made beautiful wooden chopping boards. On seeing our Laser Cutter in action they were immediately taken with the idea of laser engraving their brand name onto the chopping boards. This lead to a mini production line to brand their wares for the Enterprise Award judges. Although the team didn’t win this time around they did manage to get their first order from the owner of the Bush Hotel who purchased 3 boards and had the Bush Hotel Logo laser engraved onto them.

Photos of all the Leitrim Award Winners here

The Cavan finals were held in the Slieve Russell Hotel on the 4th of March and like the plush surroundings was an immaculately produced event. Eight schools from Cavan county took part in this years Student Enterprise Awards. One company that caught our eye early on and ended up winning top prize in the senior category was Jungle Craft from St Mogues College. They produced some really well crafted and innovative storage units for toys. The units were made using a CNC machine and hand tools, then hand painted in bright jungle themed colours and patterns. The design incorporated strung elastic bungee cords to keep the contents secure but allow for easy access by small children.

The Roscommon finals were held in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon Town on the 12th of March. As it turned out the event was destined to be the last day of the school year for all the students there as the schools closed countrywide on the 13th of March. The news of the shutdown came early on in the day and so the event had a party atmosphere about it aided by the Magic Mirror selfie photo station in the foyer. The mini companies were all doing their best to impress the judges and we helped one company to brand their gift mini hurley sticks with some laser engraving.

The National Finals were due to be held in Croke Park on the 1st of May but the lockdown has meant that they will now take place online with the final awards ceremony being held live on the Student Enterprise Facebook and YouTube pages at 3pm on the 27th of May. More Details including the lists of all the National Finalists HERE.