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FabFriday

Pontio FabLab is a place where you can gain access to digital manufacturing and prototyping equipment. FabFriday is a chance to do that for free.

Use the 'Find a Session' button and grab a free ticket for a FabFriday Introduction (Requires registration to the Pontio website). You’ll be able to come and see what’s available, talk to knowledgeable and experienced staff, and explore the possibilities of prototyping and realising your own projects. There will almost certainly be some machine demos. Spaces are limited so book early.

If you like what you see, you can sign up as a FabLab member, you can do this on the day. Membership comes with a general safety induction to the FabLab from us, whilst you undertake to comply with all safety requirements and systems. Free membership gives you access to the tools of FabLab, but before we can let you loose on a machine you'll need to book onto an machine specific induction.

Once you are a member and have completed the general induction you will be able to book FabFriday sessions to come and work on your own projects.

Friday equipment inductions will incur a nominal charge. Watch the website for availability and booking. Equipment inductions are mandatory before the related equipment can be used.

Equipment

Members, having completed the relevant training, will be able to book access to:

  •  Laser cutters
  •  3D printers
  •  Vinyl cutters
  •  Embroidery and sewing machines
  •  Small and medium CNC milling machines
  •  Electronics equipment
  •  Plastics bending equipment
  •  Sublimation printing equipment
  •  Powered fret saw
  •  Workbenches and hand tools
  •  Photography and video equipment

Safety Information

See our FabLAB website for information on safety and equipment.
Book a free FabLab Introduction. (Fridays 10am - 12pm)
Safety First (Basic House Rules)

Member safety is very important to us and we want you to be safe and have fun in our FabLab, so here are the basic house rules:

  • FabLab use is subject to the presence of a FabLab supervisor.
  • Equipment may only be used once a safety induction for that equipment has been completed and you have authorisation to use it.
  • We have workshop rules, risk assessments and safe operating procedures in place, members are expected to respect and follow these.
  • Eating is not permitted in our workshops, however there are four catering outlets in Pontio which are open to the public.
  • Regrettably, and for their own safety, we cannot allow young children into our workshops.