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A list of things people would like to see in Makespace. We can't guarantee when or if we'll get any of this kit, but if there's something you'd like, let us know here:

The FabLab kit


Fab Labs share core capabilities, so that people and projects can be shared across them. This currently includes: 1. A computer-controlled lasercutter, for press-fit assembly of 3D structures from 2D parts 2. A larger (4'x8') numerically-controlled milling machine, for making furniture- (and house-) sized parts 3. A vinylcutter, to produce signs, printing masks, flexible circuits, and antennas 4. A precision (micron resolution) milling machine to make three-dimensional moulds and surface-mounted circuit boards 5. Electronics assembly 6. Programming tools for low-cost high-speed embedded processors 7. Sewing and embroidery equipment 8. You can read more about how Fab Labs started by following this link. There is also a wealth of know how on Fab Lab equipment and projects.

A la Manchester:

  • Dimension 1200es Series 3D Printer
  • Epilog Mini 24 Laser Cutter
  • Roland Modela MDX-20 Desktop Miller
  • Roland Vinyl Cutter
  • Shopbot CNC Router
  • Janome Memory Craft 200e Embroidery Machine
  • 'Fab Vac' Vac former


  • Aluminium forming (because local providers aren't very good)
  • A big sturdy workbench with a vice
  • Hacksaws and files
  • A mini drilling/milling machine, for example for making PCBs and light wood and metal work.
  • a small manual lathe eg plus lathe tools and a bench grinder to sharpen them.

  • Any decent bench drillpress, with drills, holding vice, etc.
a CNC mill conversion just like  Good for PCBs and a lot else. Plus cutters and workholding bits. It will need its own PC, too.  Also see

3D printing

AV kit

What about providing Audio Visual equipment for creating audio-visual experiences, interactive or not. This can be combined with workshops in animation, film-making, special effects, synthesisers, computer graphics, etc.

Equipment might include: a projector screen (or white wall), a relatively good quality, high-resolution digital projector, amplifier, speakers (with good subwoofer.) Also software for animation, computer graphics, audio synthesis, video editing. Sensors for interactive experience: camera, motion sensors.

One idea is to teach 3D modelling of a character which can be part of a game/video, and also be printed on the 3D printer.

Software tools


Gimp -

Blender -

Open office -

Inkscape -

Google Sketch up - with stl plugin

This plugin seems to work quite well

However this program repairs any incomplete stl files

Or this program

Adobe -

Qcad -

Eagle -

MIT Software -

Materials lists

Laser Cutter Max Size 300x600m Acrylic 3mm - Clear 300mm x 600mm Acrylic 3mm - Various colours 300mm x 600mm Acrylic 6mm - Clear 300mm x 600mm Plywood 3mm Various Sizes MDF 3mm (Laserable) Various Sizes Cardboard 3mm 300mm x 600mm Cardboard 5mm 300mm x 600mm

Paper 300mm x 600mm Leather Fabric

Modella Milling Machine Max Size 150x200mm Machineable wax 40mm x 90mm x 150mm Circuit boards 1.6mm x 1000mm x 1200mm Wood (Various) 150x200mm

Shopbot CNC Router Max Size 1200mmx 2400mm x 120mm Plywood 3-25mm Thick MDF 3-25mm Thick


Cast Iron

Acrylic Brass Steel Foam

Vinyl Cutter Copper Tape 3M 1126 150mm x 33m Vinyl roll (canary yellow) 380mm wide Vinyl roll (card red) 380mm wide Vinyl roll (royal blue) 380mm wide Vinyl roll (cactus green) 380mm wide Transfer Tape, Permacel 595B 150mmx 55m WHITE Epoxy film 3M 1 150mm x 90m

3D Printer

Currently the raw material costs are quite high. Therefore...

ABS plus cartridge (white) 1000 cm3

soluble support cartridge 1000 cm3

Useful reference lists

IEEE Spectrum:

Full fab lab list:

workshop in a container: