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Zone Information
Zone Name Fab Lab
Zone Slogan "I'm a lame zone with no slogan"
Zone Coordinator(s) Andrew Meyer
Zone E-mail
Map Area B
Zone Color Red


Welcome to the fab lab! If you don't know what something does, please ask. The Zone Coordinator is Andrew Meyer. The zone warden sign is here: File:FabLabZonePoster.docx

Tools in this zone:


Rostock MAX

Full Spectrum Pegasus Touch

LPKF C30/S (PCB Mill)

Full Spectrum Laser Cutter

Convection Oven


To cover the cost of consumables/maintenance, please contribute when you use the Fab Lab equipment. Put monies into the wooden cash box.

Plastic for 3D printing is priced by gram or cubic centimeter of extruded plastic, or by milliliter of resin. Please include all the test extrusions and failed prints in your measurements.

Laser time is measured based on laser firing time. Use the timer in the RetinaEngrave3D software.

Equipment Price
3mm ABS (printrbot) 5¢/gram or cm^3
1.75mm ABS (Rostock) 10¢/gram or cm^3
1.75mm PETT (Rostock) 20¢/gram or cm^3
1.75mm PLA (Rostock) 5¢/gram or cm^3
Clear resin (Pegasus) 25¢/gram or mL
Thermark 60¢/mL
FSLaser time 25¢/min cut time
Protomat CNC TBD

Fab Lab Equipment Access



The following list is an attempt to offer up suggestions of tasks that could be accomplished in the Fab Lab by people interested in helping out.

Feel free to take charge of one or more of these items as your time and expertise allow. If you have taken charge of a task, please put your name into the field next to the task.

Should you run out of time or ability to complete a task, make sure to post on the mailing list and "fail loudly". This ensures that task status is shared, and no task languishes in silent failure.

Task Name Description Priority Champion
Get Protomat Working Protomat spindle motor is pretty broken. 2 Brandon Biller
drop laser vent impeller see how caked in stuff it is 4
Printrbot The Printrbot has been disassembled partially and does not function: (Taken home by Matt H for rehabilitation/destruction by fire) 4 Matt Huber
Decorative Work The Fab Lab currently has a sort of forest theme going on. It would be nice to continue the theme by painting the conduits and stanchions deep brown to simulate vines and trunks, put up more vinyl leaves, and paint the ceiling with either a sky pattern or a forest canopy pattern. 5 Max Gonyea-Alexander
Manufacture Focus Gauge for FS Laser A sturdy, solid, non-deformable block 1.359" (critical dimension) tall and nominally 0.75" diameter (or square). Chamfered or filletted corners for comfort. 1 Greg Smith
Relabel tools The Fab Lab now officially uses RED as the tool-label color. Please find any tools labeled "Fab Lab" using yellow and replace it with red. 2 Andrew Meyer
Patch Ceiling The removal of the old PVC ventilation ducting left a hole in the ceiling of the lab, with a PVC ring still in place. Removal of the ring is desired. There is an 8" square patch and patch compound available in the cabinet under the Protomat. The patch should also cover the two smaller holes further over the shelf. 3 Evan Allen
Replace USB Hub The current USB hub used by the Fab Lab server sucks. Suggested replacement would be one or two USB2.0 self-powered hubs. If two, one would be mounted on the underside of the bottom shelf near the monitor for flash drives and such, and the other tucked away hidden for machine interfaces. 4 Andrew Meyer
Relocate Pegboard The pegboard hanging on the wall behind the office-side door is a much-appreciated secret donation. However, being behind the door is a less-than-useful location. A good target for this would be on the Other side of the corkboard, where the coathook is. The coathook should then be relocated to where the pegboard currently is. 4 Potlock

Important Notes

  • Please keep the door between the Fab Lab and the Commons area closed. Doing so will help ensure that when the heater or air conditioner is running, the Fab Lab maintains an appropriate temperature. Also the AC/Heater for the office space isn't anywhere near efficient enough to cool/heat the main shop area, and we don't want to spend a hojillion dollars letting it try.
    • If you will be creating dust in the office area (drywall, etc.), please close the hallway-side door, safely shut down hardac.i3detroit.local, or, better, contact the Fab Lab or Infrastructure wardens
    • The shop-rated filters in hardac are not rated for construction dust.
  • Please don't use the FabLab as a shortcut between the commons area and the eLab when someone is working in there. There's not a lot of room, and having a parade go by while you're arguing with the printrbot isn't all that much fun.

CO Alarm

There is a First Alert CO605 CO alarm in the lab near hardac.i3detroit.local.

This unit was purchased with zone funds on 2015-10-04, and should last approximately 7 years. A reminder on the Google Calendar has been created to check it monthly (probably a good Potlock task at the very least), and a reminder to replace it is there as well on 2022-10-04. The unit is advertised to have a replacement reminder alarm built in as well, which will be 5 chirps per minute. The alarm also performs internal diagnostics; if it fails, it will signal it needs to be replaced by sounding 3 chirps per minute.

The unit contains a 9V Duracell MN1604 (standard 9V transistor battery) as a backup, and draws 0.09A at 120VAC in normal operation. The unit will begin to chirp once per minute if the battery requires replacement.

The unit must be tested periodically (reminder event in Google Calendar is set for monthly, but more often is OK). Press the Test/Silence button, and the unit should perform 5-6s of a repeating pattern of 4 beeps and a pause. If it does not perform this correctly, email the -announce list.

The red light visible through the face is the indication that all is well with the alarm, and will flash in time with all alerts.

If The Alarm Sounds

  1. Hit the Test/Silence button:
    • If the alarm repeats after approximately 4 minutes, proceed to Step 2.
  2. Check to see if there is an immediately-obvious source of CO:
    • Is there something on fire in the laser cutter?
    • Is the laser cutter exhaust fan not running?
    • Is there something burning in the convection oven?
    • Is the convection oven exhaust not open?
    • Is one of the 3D printers combusting?
  3. If you can identify an immediate threat, deal with it effectively and promptly:
    • Turn OFF the affected equipment.
    • Use the fire extinguisher, located near the CO alarm, if needed.
    • Turn ON the laser exhaust fan and open the laser cutter fully.
    • Open the doors to the lab and prop them.
    • Open the lab window.
    • Get a large fan and blow air from the office area through the lab into the shop area (diffusion is a big deal).
  4. If you cannot find a source, or you cannot deal with the source, move to fresh air quickly.
  5. Call the Ferndale fire department (+1 248-546-2512 or +1 248-546-2510 for non-emergencies, but 911 if you cannot get through there)
  6. Make a post to the -announce list detailing the full event as you understand it, with as many details as you have.