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ABOUT

FABER MAKERSPACE : A SPACE FOR CREATIVE DESIGNERS

The arrival of Faber Makerspace brings a new urban workshop to Antwerp, offering both old and new production techniques to all. Creative designers and makers are invited to meet likeminded souls, experiment their heart out and realise their projects. A lasercutter, 3D printers and a silkscreen studio are just a few of the tools and machines available for use.

Everyone’s a maker

First and foremost, Faber Makerspace aims to stimulate designers and creative makers to exchange ideas and experience, thus lowering the threshold to the creation process. Every enthousiast is more than welcome to test and create prototypes, develop new production techniques or even produce small final batches together with a whole network of co-creators.

Makers require a specific set of items to get started: a wide range of tools, techniques and machines, the knowledge and guidance to utilise these, and ample space. Exactly the kind of things that are hard to find (or expensive) in an urban setting. That’s why Faber Makerspace strives to offer an affordable and spacious workshop that is fully equipped with both technology and traditional tools and the experience that comes with using both.

What’s in a name?

Faber Makerspace is a reference to “Homo Faber”, Latin for “Man the Maker”, a concept that outlines how human beings are able to control their fate and surroundings through the use of tools as means to turn creative dreams and ideas into concrete reality.

Faber Makerspace offers…

… an in-house design track.
Faber Makerspace’s in-house design track offers young (or less experienced) designers the chance to develop new products with the help of our available production techniques guidance. These design tracks are then shared with other makers during specialised workshops around all manners of techniques.

… a maker-service.
Do you want to create a unique product, but lack the time to do or learn this yourself? Faber Makerspace offers all of their services (lasercutting, 3D printing, CNC milling, silkscreen printing, …) to students, designers, architects, makers and non-makers alike.

… a community.
There’s more to “making” than using machines. By organising workshops and meetings between various designers, makers and other visitors Faber Makerspace aims to create all manners of interesting cross-pollination and sharing of knowledge.

 

Faber Makerspace was founded in 2016 by Sanne Hendrickx and with the support of Pinkeye designstudio.

EQUIPMENT

Lasercutter – BRM 90130
CNC milling machine
3D Printer – Ultimaker 2+

3D Printer – Formlabs Form 2
Vinylcutter
Silkscreen printing


Lasercutter – BRM 90130

  • Work area: 850 x 1200 x 230mm
  • Laser power: 100W
  • Software: laserWorks
  • File format: DXF
  • Material thickness: up to 12mm, depending on the material
  • Types of material: wood, acrylic glass (plexi), paper, cardboard, textile, leather, polypropylene,…
  • NOT SUITABLE FOR USE: PCV (polyvinylchloride) and PC (polycarbonate)

 

CNC Milling machine

  • Work area: 600 x 1000mm
  • Software: easel, CNCGRAF
  • File formats: DXF, EPS and more (we have software to convert file formats in-house)
  • Material thickness: up to 24mm
  • Types of material: wood and plastics

 

3D Printer – Ultimaker 2+

  • Build volume: 223 x 223 x 205mm
  • Software: CURA
  • Print technology: FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)
  • File formats: .STL, .OBJ, .DAE (we have software to convert file formats in-house)
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.25, 0.4, 0.6 or 0.8mm
  • Nozzle temperature: 180°C to 260°C
  • Layer resolution: 60-150 micron (0.25mm nozzle), 20-200 microns (0.4 nozzle), 20-400 micron (0.6 nozzle), 20-600 micron (0.8 nozzle)
  • Print speed: 30 – 300mm/s
  • Filament diameter: 2.85mm
  • Types of material: ABS, PLA, CPE, PLA based materials, flexibles, HIPS, PET
  • Open source

 

3D Printer – Formlabs Form 2

  • Build volume: 145 x 145 x 175mm
  • Software: PreForm
  • Print technology: SLA (Stereolithography) – laser
  • File formats: .STL, .OBJ (we have software to convert file formats in-house)
  • Layer resolution: 0.025 – 0.10mm
  • Types of material: castable resin, clear resin, flexible resin, tough resin

 

Vinyl Plotter

  • Work area: 1300mm width (the material to cut must be mounted on a roll)
  • Mechanical resolution: 0.0125mm
  • Software resolution: 0.025mm
  • Software: Illustrator CS5
  • Accepted file formats: AI or EPS (version CS5 – we have software to convert file formats in-house)
  • Vinyl cutting speed: 20cm/s maximum
  • Types of material: window or stickervinyl, ironing vinyl, flock, paper, …

 

Silkscreen printing

  • Vacuum printing table with a work area of 750 x 1050
  • 4 aluminium screens of 530 x 730mm with 120 T mesh (yellow)
  • 1 aluminium screen of 530 x 730mm with 77T mesh (white)
  • 4 aluminium screens of 660 x 910 with 120 T mesh (yellow)
  • 1 aluminium screen of 660 x 910 with 77 T mesh (white)
  • Transparent inks (yellow, warm red, green, white base, black) and fluorescent inks (yellow, orange, green, pink, blue).
  • All other material necessary to print and clean is available (UV emulsion, tape, scoop coaters, soaps etc…)

 

Manual tools and machines

  • Dremels
  • Power drills
  • Cut-off saws
  • Sanding machine
  • Sanding roller
  • Multifunctional tools (sawing, grinding, cutting and sanding)
  • Circular saw
  • Grinder
  • Column drill
  • Manual Mill
  • Biscuit Jointer (lamellenfrees)
  • Manual tools

 

CONTACT

Contact:

Mail: Sanne@fabermakerspace.be
Phone: 03 233 66 12
Address: Hessenplein 2
2000 Antwerpen

!!Please note!!
Opening hours (by appointment only)

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 10h – 21h by appointment
Wednesday: 10h – 21h by appointment
Thursday: 10h – 21h by appointment
Friday: 10h – 18h by appointment
Saturday: 12h – 18h by appointment
Sunday: closed

PRICELIST

The formula or subscription form contains with the machine use

IN REGIE DAG MAAND KWARTAAL JAAR
TIME / MONTH 3 MONTHS YEAR
PRICE 75€/U €15 €40 €70 €240
ASSISTANCE YES BY TUTORIAL BY TUTORIAL BY TUTORIAL BY TUTORIAL
BONUS / NO NO 15 MIN MACHINE TIME 60 MIN MACHINE TIME
PERSONAL / YES YES YES YES
STUDENTS / -20% (€12,5) -20% (€32) -20% (€56) -20% (€200)
LASERCUTTER 1,20€/MIN 0,90€/MIN 0,70€/MIN 0,55€/MIN 0,55€/MIN
LASERCUTTER STUDENTS 1,20€/MIN 0,65€/MIN 0,65€/MIN 0,55€/MIN 0,55€/MIN
CNC MACHINE 0,60€/MIN 0,45€/MIN 0,35€/MIN 0,30€/MIN 0,30€/MIN
VINYL CUTTER 0,40€/CM 0,35/CM 0,30/CM 0,30/CM 0,30/CM
ULTIMAKER 0,60€/GR 0,45€/GR 0,35€/GR 0,30€/GR 0,30€/GR
FORMLABS 1,30€/ML 1,20€/ML 1,10€/ML 1,00€/ML 1,00€/ML
SILKSCREEN PRINTING 75€/U 7€/HALF A DAY 6€/HALF A DAY 5€/HALF A DAY 5€/HALF A DAY

** ALL PRICES ARE EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL COST – VERSION 2.0 – MADE ON 29.12.2016

EVENTS

Upcoming workshops

09/12/2017 – 13h00 – 16h00
Make your own Christmas decorations

13/12/2017 – 18h00-21h00
Workshop Makersleeves  (laptop cover in felt)

16/1/2017 – 13h00 – 16h00
Make a lamp out of cardboard

20/12/2017 – 18h00 – 21h00
Workshop with designer Sophie Recour  – make a cover for an Atoma notebook

Do you want to participate? Send a mail to sanne@fabermakerspace.be

Workshop offer:

Getting started with Arduino (basic course) – 3h
Getting started with Arduino 2 (follow-up course) – 3h
Getting started with eagle – pcb printed circuit board – 3h
CNC with Fusion 360 (3D) – 3h
Screen printing – introduction to screen printing
Screen printing CMYK the basics -6h
Workshop Bacterial leather – how to make your own – 2h
Workshop durable materials (mushroom materials) – 2h

GUIDELINES

Guidelines for the lasercutter:

  • Working area: the dimensions of the design should be 1200x850mm (these are the dimensions of the materials in stock and approximately the working area of the lasercutter). Always keep a margin of 5mm.
  • RGB: always use RGB color mode. Color codes:
    • Raster engraving: black RGB 0,0,0 (#000000)
    • Line engraving: blue RGB 0,0,255 (#0000FF)
    • Inner cut lines: green RGB 0,255,0 (#00FF00)
    • Contour lines: red RGB 0,255,0 (#FF0000)

 

  • Line width: line width should be 0,1mm in Illustrator!!! Unlike LaserWork does not recognize the colors of lines if it is thinner then 0,1mm. Nonetheless, the lines will be cut as thinnest as possible.
  • Space between 2 lines: make sure there is at least 1mm between 2 different lines! Otherwise this space become a hole.
  • Double lines: always check your drawings for double lines! Every line drawn will be cut. Because of this there is a potential fire-hazard!! To delete them in Autocad = overkill and cleap up in Illustrator.
  • Groups and layers: Make sure that there are no groups in your file, so ungroup them. And work in one layer (also when you use different colors).
  • Fills and hatches: delete all fills and hatches because they cause dubble lines.
  • Text: Always convert text to outlines (explode text or create outlines). Ungroup them!
  • Scale:Make sure your document setup is in millimetres, this prevents scaling issues when porting designs from one application to the next. 1mm = 1unit.
  • Saving: save your file as DXF!!! LaserWork recognizes only DXF files.
    • Illustrator: file > export > DXF (scale 1mm = 1 unit)
    • Autocad: save as DXF
    • Vectorworks: Be aware that the educational version of Vectorworks locks a PDF with a password when exporting. You can find PDF unlock applications online to address this issue.
  • Always bring your own tape to tighten your material in the lasercutter