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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: lasercutWorks
  • File formats: DXF, JPG and more (we have software to convert file formats in-house)
  • Material thickness: up to 12mm
  • 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

Opening hours:

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 10h – 16h by appointment / 16h – 21h* free entrance
Wednesday: 10h – 16h by appointment / 16h – 21h* free entrance
Thursday: 10h – 16h by appointment / 16h – 21h* free entrance
Friday: 10h – 18h by appointment
Saturday: 10h – 18h free entrance
Sunday: closed

*Last entrance at 19h30, unless notified