Fab Lab

Fabrication meets creativity through technology.

MEET OUR EQUIPMENT

The Fab Lab is for visitors ages 16 and up. This space requires certification on each piece of equipment. Enroll in a certification course then make a reservation to work with that piece of equipment.

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Ignite Studio has two Robo3D R2 Printers and PLA filament in a variety of colors. Patrons using the machines are charged $0.10/gram for filament used including rafts/supports/brims, failed prints due to design error and prints that do not complete before the reservation expires. Patrons must be 16+ years old and have completed a certification course on this piece of equipment before making reservations.

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Burning, cutting, and etching on a variety of materials can all be accomplished using our laser engraver. Ignite sells items to use in the engraver and offers a process through which patrons can bring their own items to use. Patrons must be 16+ years old and have completed a certification course on this piece of equipment before making reservations.

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Create signs, t-shirts and more using our vinyl cutter and heat press clam shell. Ignite Studio sells both adhesive backed vinyl and heat transfer vinyl in a variety of colors. Patrons may also bring their own vinyl to use. Patrons must be 16+ years old and have completed a certification course on this piece of equipment before making reservations.

MEET OUR EQUIPMENT

The Fab Lab is a 16+ space that requires certification on each piece of equipment. Enroll in a certification course then make a reservation to work with that piece of equipment.

3D Printer with man at work at Ignite Studio

print

Ignite Studio has two Robo3D R2 Printers and PLA filament in a variety of colors. Patrons using the machines are charged $0.10/gram for filament used including rafts/supports/brims, failed prints due to design error and prints that do not complete before the reservation expires. Patrons must be 16+ years old and have completed a certification course on this piece of equipment before making reservations.

Laser Engraver at Ignite Studio

engrave

Burning, cutting, and etching on a variety of materials can all be accomplished using our laser engraver. Ignite sells items to use in the engraver and offers a process through which patrons can bring their own items to use. Patrons must be 16+ years old and have completed a certification course on this piece of equipment before making reservations.

Vinyl Cutter at Ignite Studio

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Create signs, t-shirts and more using our vinyl cutter and heat press clam shell. Ignite Studio sells both adhesive backed vinyl and heat transfer vinyl in a variety of colors. Patrons may also bring their own vinyl to use. Patrons must be 16+ years old and have completed a certification course on this piece of equipment before making reservations.

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About Training

Ignite Studio offers certification courses for each piece of equipment in our Fabrication Lab. Certification courses cover basic safe operations of the machine as well as a basic tutorial on the software that operates the machine.

How To Enroll

Patrons can enroll in a certification course through our events calendar. Registration opens on the 1st of each month for courses in the following month.

Get Started

Already certified? Book a reservation for the Fab Lab equipment by calling us at 317-579-0331 or emailing us here.

READY TO GO? SEE THE SCHEDULE!

fab lab faq

Have questions? We have answers. Read our answers to some of our frequently asked questions. Still have questions? We can help! Contact us and we’ll be happy to help with any questions you have about the Ignite Fab lab!

How can I reserve time in the Fab Lab?

Schedule time in our Fab Lab by visiting our reservation page and selecting your time. If you need assistance with your reservation, please contact us and we will help you schedule your time!

How long are the reservation times for each piece of equipment?

The vinyl cutter and laser engraver can be reserved for two-hour blocks of time up to twice per week. The 3D printers can be reserved for 6 hour blocks of time Monday-Thursday and 4 hour blocks of time Friday-Sunday. We ask that you limit your 3D printer reservations to once every two weeks.

Am I allowed to bring non-certified individuals into the Fab Lab with me during my reservation time?

Non-certified individuals are not allowed to enter the Fab Lab without a staff escort.

How can I learn to design my own 3D object?

While Ignite Studio doesn’t currently offer classes on 3D design there are plenty of online resources to guide your own learning. There are many free and simple software options to help you get started:

  • TinkerCad is a web-based design app that provides tutorials and allows you to download your files for printing. Great for beginners.
  • Blender is a more advanced 3D design software that is open source and free.
  • FreeCad is a parametric 3D modeler great for engineering based designs.
How much does it cost to use each machine?

Fab Lab users pay for the cost of the materials they use.

3D Printer
PLA Filament: $0.10/ gram including all brims/supports/rafts, failed prints due to design error and prints that do not finish before the reservation time expires. Pay for prints prior to starting print using the Cura estimated weights.

Laser Engraver
Acrylic: $10.94/sheet (11”x17” in red, white, blue or clear)
Heavy Duty Chipboard: $0.40 sheet (11”x17”)
.125” Plywood: $1.67/sheet (11”x17”)
.125” Foamcore: $1.25/sheet (11”x17”)
Cardboard: FREE (when available)

Vinyl Cutter
Adhesive Backed Vinyl: $1.25/foot (24” width—1ft min)
Heat Transfer Vinyl: $4.00/sheet (12”x15” sheets)

Can I bring my own materials to use with the Fab Lab equipment?

Patrons must use the filament provided by Ignite in our 3D printer. Patrons may bring their own materials to use in our vinyl cutter and laser engraver. If you would like to bring other items to use in the Laser Engraver, please be prepared to present a Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for that particular material to an Ignite staff member. Our review of this sheet allows us to check for any possible hazards in using that material with our Laser Engraver. If we deem it safe, we will sign off on the material for use by that particular individual and process the appropriate paperwork. Note: Approval of material is for that individual only.

What is the maximum size of material used in the Laser Engraver?

The bed of our laser engraver is 11”x17”. All materials must be cut to this size or smaller.

What brands of vinyl does Ignite recommend for use in the Vinyl Cutter?

Recommended brands of vinyl for our vinyl cutter include Siser, Chemica, Color Theory, and Oracal.

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