FAQ

If you wish to use one of the machines in the lab, you need to attend a workshop

You can find an overview of available workshops on our calendar: http://www.fablab-brussels.be/fablab-english/agenda/

 

How about the tutorials you used to use?

We still like these, and intend to reintroduce them on our new location. However, they need to be rewritten to fit the new setups. For now we like the workshops as it allows us to train users in a bit more controlled way. We also do not have tutorials for the new machines & tools. Digital versions of the tutorials can still be found here,.

 

Can I make a reservation to use a machine?

Sorry, no. Machines are available on a first-come-first-served basis. If the machine is occupied, you’ll have to wait your turn. We have coffee. If you want to know if a machine is available you can phone us on Wednesday.

 

Can you do a workshop / guided tour for a group or class?

Maybe.  We love to help. Give us a call.

A visit on Wednesday is free for everyone, but our limit is workforce.  Everyone on our team is being paid by the Department of Industrial Engineering.

We currently don’t have any STEM-funding, we do this on top of our other work because we believe it’s a worthwhile thing to do. So please understand we can’t always say ‘yes’ and we can’t do it for free.

We do think helping classes and teachers is a cool thing to do and are looking for partners to help with this.

If you are a teacher that is interested in first learning to use the machines yourself, and then use our facilities to teach your own class how to 3D-print, we would love to to talk to you. That would be a great solution.

If you are a freelancer interested in doing workshops with kids on Saturdays, we are also interested to talk.

 

Hey, I mailed you 2 weeks ago and didn’t get a reply….

Sorry, we get more emails than we can answer. Please understand we do the public service of running a FabLab on top of our teaching duties, and our first priority in busy periods must be our own students.

If you want to increase the likelyhood of getting a reply then:

-keep your email short

-write in Dutch or English

-read this FAQ first

-don’t be in a hurry, if you need to have something fixed by the next day we can’t help anyway

 

If you need an urgent reply, drop by the place on Wednesday afternoon & we’ll talk live.

 

 I’d like to ask for a quote, if possible, for a laser cut job

Sorry, we do not do service work.
You might need a service like lasercut.be

 

What does it cost?

Check our ‘Materials and prices’ page

http://www.fablab-brussels.be/fablab-english/materials-and-prices/

 

When is the lab open for…

…adult visitors?

The lab is open for everyone on Wednesday from 13h tot 22h. Please check our calendar as special opening hours might apply during exams and holidays.

We ask for a contribution for the workshops & you pay for machine use and materials.

…young visitors (-18)?

The lab is open for everyone on Wednesday from 13h tot 22h. Please check our calendar as special opening hours might apply during exams and holidays.

You get to use the machines for free & only pay for materials.

 

..VUB-students/personnel/professors?

Hi. We look forward to working together. We offer one day per week free access.

Please check our calendar as special opening hours might apply during exams and holidays.
Use of the machines is free for both university and personal projects. You  pay for the materials..

 

…ULB-students.

You are welcome to use the VUB Fablab on Wednesday from 13h to 22h.  We ask for a contribution for the workshops & you pay for machine use and materials.
We apologise, but we do not have the capacity to welcome all ULB-students for free at the VUB Fablab.

 

 

I did the basic 3D-printing workshop / tutorial, but want to learn more about 3D-printing settings, Cura and the 3D-printers. Where can I find more info?

This is a good place to start : https://ultimaker.com/en/resources/52670-infill

Questions?

Visitors or VUB-students:    lieven.standaert@vub.ac.be, 0032.486.945.529 You can also consult https://www.facebook.com/groups/fablabbrussels/ Please note this is the facebook page of the fablab student group, and messages there are intended for our students. Opening hours discussed there are not public opening hours, unless explicitly indicated.



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