About the Fablab

ABOUT US

The Fablab

Who We Are

FabLab Cardiff, located in Cardiff Metropolitan University's School of Art and Design, is an open access digital workshop where you can use a range of fabrication technologies to turn your ideas into reality. We are also a professional design and make service offering bespoke manufacturing and prototyping capabilities to commercial clients and small businesses.

What We Do

Want a space to explore your ideas and tinker with desktop manufacturing technologies?

FabLab Cardiff is an open access workshop. That’s right. Open access. All you have to do is attend inductions for the machines you intend to use to make sure that you know what you’re doing, and then you’re free to come in during our opening times and use the machines at your leisure. All machines have an hourly rate, and require booking here. Interested? Pop in during our opening hours! Any question drop us an email or give us a ring.

Or do you have a project that requires professional manufacturing expertise?

Thanks to our capable staff, we’re able to offer a range of professional services, from CAD work to prototype manufacture. We’ve created shop fit-outs, kitchens, staircases, moulds, sensors, trophies, and a lot more. Check out some key projects here.

We also offer..

Workshops, 1-on-1 training and events.

Got a project in mind? Get in touch here.

The staff

Martin Lane

Fablab Co-ordinator

Martin is a Graduate of Cardiff Mets Artist Designer Maker course, currently managing CSAD's Fablab and running a small domestic lighting design/fabrication business in his spare time. Martin previously owned a successful timber supply and joinery fabrication business and has varied knowledge of timbers and their uses.

Specialist Skills

Digital manufacturing

Furniture and domestic lighting designer/maker

Timber material specialist

CNC

3D printing

Lasercutting

3D scanning

Product Photography

Photoshop and Illustrator

Sam Parsons

Technical Specialist

During his Architecture degree, Sam was a regular customer of the FabLab, using the facilities to craft architectural models for his designs. Now he works as a Technical Specialist in the Lab helping customers including Architects and Architecture students to do the same. Sam is also involved in a startup where he creates bespoke CNC furniture, creating parametric models and interfaces that can allow product customisation and automated manufacture. His experience in architectural practice and furniture design has given Sam the expertise to push materials and manufacturing tools to the limit in his projects, and the projects of FabLab customers.

Specialist Skills

SketchUp

Fusion 360

Rhino & Grasshopper

CNC milling, 3D & 2D

3D Printing, SLA & FDM

Laser Cutting

Evan Moore

Technical Specialist

Evan graduated from Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2017 where he developed his skills and knowledge in materials and making processes. He now produces sculptural lighting pieces alongside working in the Fablab. He has experience working with a range of materials and processes such as complex CNC machining, 3D printing, mouldmaking for casting, including bronze and aluminium and using a range of CAD application such as Solidoworks, Rhino, Illustrator and Artcam. He also has a experience working with CAD algorithms in Grasshoper and working with large geometries.

Specialist Skills

FDM printing

SLA Printing

Rhino

Grasshopper

Solidworks

Illustrator

CNC Machining

3D scanning

Mouldmaking

Casting

Fablab faq

Do I need a membership?

Nope! The lab is now open access which means that you can come and use the machines without having to pay an annual/quarterly membership fee, all you have to do is book inductions for the machines you want to use here.

I already know how to use a machine, do I still need an induction?

If you've already been using our machines then you don't need to worry about getting an induction, but if you've used the machines elsewhere, we will need to run few a few things through with you for health and safety reasons! If this is you, then get in touch here.

I don't want to use the machines, but I would like something to be made for me, can you help?

Not a problem! Our staff are skilled in a variety of design and manufacturing disciplines and can provide a professional service tailored to you.