ALL YOUR QUESTIONS – ALL OUR ANSWERS

ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Artist residency program allows artist and media artist to have a symbiotic relationship with the fab. That means they can use the Fab Lab for free(non material included) as long as they finish their artistic project. All the development of their art project should be perfectly documented on the Fab Lab Seoul webpage blog to keep the S.N of the Fab Lab alive and show what can be done in the FabLab to other people.

Artist can use the FabLab facilities for free as long as they contribute promoting it on the S.N and project blog update of the Fab Lab Seoul. They are able to use the facilities on a 24 hour and 7 days a week schedule without staff supervision.

For being avaible to use this kind of program the user should be known in priority by the staff and demonstrate reliance in the use of equipment and machines. The should write and application letter and the project description to realize on the FabLab facilities.The art project will be valorated consecuently and accepted or denied. Non material is included on this program.

MAKER RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Maker residency program allows very frequent users to use the FabLab Facilities as a permanent membership on a monthly based subscription, allowing them to use the facilities on a 24 hour and 7 days a week schedule without staff supervision.

For being avaible to use this kind of program the user should be known in priority by the staff and demonstrate reliance in the use of equipment and machines. The monthly subscription of this program is 150.000 won. Non material included. If you are bachelor/master/school student you can have a monthly subscription by 100.000 won (50.000 won discount) always that you can demonstrate with the college/school card

This statement of rules should be accepted in priority by the makers in residency. In case of a violation of the “use of fablab agreement terms” the membership can be automatically cancelled

Business

Commercial activities can be incubated in the FabLab but they must not conflict with open access, they should grow beyond rather than within the lab, and they are expected to benefit the inventors, labs, and networks that contribute to their success.

Secrecy-Who owns fab lab inventions?

Designs and processes developed in a Fab Labs must remain can be protected and sold however an inventor chooses and your intellectual property can be protected however you choose. We encourage the shared knowledge supporting open source projects and software

USERS RESPONSIBILITY

As is an open space to everybody Fab Lab Seoul work as collaborative space where you are responsible for:

  • Safety: Knowing how to work without hurting people or machines.
  • Cleaning up: Leaving the lab cleaner than you found it.
  • Operations: Assisting with maintaining, repairing, and reporting on tools, supplies, and incidents.
  • knowledge: contributing to documentation and instruction
Workshops

The Fab Lab runs workshops and tours for small groups and organizations! We’re excited to introduce learners of all kinds to digital fabrication and rapid prototyping. If you’re an individual or group of 3 people or less see our lab rentals

Format and Requirements

Our minimum workshop time is 1.5 hours and we also offer half and full-day sessions. If your group needs to do a workshop in under 2 hour we can offer a tour, which includes demos and Q&A time, but no projects where participants actually make something.

The typical minimum age is 9, though some activities may be better suited to older participants. If you are not sure if a participant is ready for a workshop at the Fab Lab, consult our staff

We can host groups of 20 or less just about any time of the day, and groups of 30 with special arrangements. Our typical instructor-to-learner ratio is one to ten.

We can accept cash, checks (made out to Tide Institute) and credit card as payment for workshops, as well as account transfers.

Reservation Policy
In order to reserve your workshop spot you will need to deposit half of the estimated cost at least one (1) week in advance. Payments can be made in-person at the lab or contacting our staff by mail. You may cancel for a full refund if you contact us at least one (1) week before your workshop is scheduled.

Fab Academy

Fab Academy provides a unique educational experience for adults who take part in its global learning programme from January to June every year.

Students participate in global lectures broadcast by Fab Lab founder Professor Neil Gershenfeld from MIT in the US every week and there are lab days each week where students have access to the digital fabrication equipment and local expertise for personal help with assignments.

Assignments involve designing and making something every week ranging from developing a simple website to building a digital fabrication machine, such as a 3D printer.

At the Fab Academy you will learn how to envision, design, prototype and document your ideas through many hours of hands-on experience with all of the digital design and fabrication tools

Training for Educators

We offer workshops for youth providers who would like to learn how to run the same kind of curriculum we do. They come in two forms:

  1. Detailed instruction sessions on how to teach one of our workshops or makeathon activities. Participants will actively go through workshop activities themselves, then teach one another and ultimately go home with notes and lesson plans to carry out a specific activity.
  2. An overview of tools and techniques for a given tool/area (eg. 3D printing, digital textiles) or topic (eg. design thinking, robots). Participants will run through a high-level review of a wide variety of tools and starter activities related to a central concept, work area or course and go home with supportive materials and a general understanding of what is possible.

To arrange a training session find one or more open times on the calendar below that work for you and email us about what you’d like to do! Please make sure to include your group size and familiarity with maker space activities

WHO CAN USE A FAB LAB?-Professional

Fab labs are available as a community resource, offering open access for individuals as well as scheduled access for programs  

You can use the FabLab to make almost anything (that doesn’t hurt anyone); you must learn to do it yourself, and you must share use of the lab with others.

Professional artists, entrepreneurs and researchers can book lab rental time to gain unfettered access to our equipment. We also have a referral network to help you find appropriate consultants to assist with specialized jobs. Finally, our lab offers an annual installation of the MIT Fab Academy training.

WHO CAN USE A FAB LAB?-Youth/Kids

Fab labs are available as a community resource, offering open access for individuals as well as scheduled access for programs  

You can use the FabLab to make almost anything (that doesn’t hurt anyone); you must learn to do it yourself, and you must share use of the lab with others.

One of our main missions is to introduce youth ages 8 through 18 to computer-based design and fabrication with program Fab Kids. We offer cutting-edge workshops to bring tools and programming out into the community. If you can’t make it to the lab we can come visit your location with our Fab Truck, which is great for interactive stations at conferences or conventions as well as for starter workshops and demonstrations.

 

WHO CAN USE A FAB LAB?-Everyone

Fab labs are available as a community resource, offering open access for individuals as well as scheduled access for programs  

You can use the FabLab to make almost anything (that doesn’t hurt anyone); you must learn to do it yourself, and you must share use of the lab with others.

Users of all ages and backgrounds can take advantage of several services at the lab.

We offer free open hours for the general public where visitors can explore the space and get help from staff and volunteers as well as use tools and purchase materials at-cost. Families and individual adults may wish to attend our low-cost weekly orientation sessions to learn about more specific tools and activities. Groups of 10 or more can schedule a variety of on-site workshops, like laser engraving, 3D printing or digital embroidery. We also offer guided tours with demonstrations customized to meet your interests.

EXAMPLES OF OTHERS FABLABS

Shepherds in Norway have used their FabLab to create a system for tracking sheep using their mobile phones,

In Ghana, people have made an innovative truck refrigeration system powered by the vehicle’s own exhaust gases.

In Afghanistan, people are fashioning customized prosthetic limbs.

In South Africa a government and business backed project is creating simple internet connected computers that hook up to televisions and cost just ten dollars each.

WHAT DOES THE FAB LAB NETWORK PROVIDE

A global network of over 675 Fab Labs now exists, connecting people, communities and businesses across the world and enabling them to collaborate, problem solve and brainstorm ideas. Mixing a local and global context LOCAL THINKING

FabLab is a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access for individuals to tools for digital fabrication.

 

WHAT ‘S IN THE FAB LAB

Fab Lab contains various pieces of computer controlled fabrication equipment ranging from 3D printers, laser cutters and milling machines to sewing and embroidery machines, not to mention a variety of electronic components and materials. Fab Lab also provides access to computers and easy-to-use design and manufacture software, capturing your ideas and turning them into reality at the press of a button.

The Fab Lab is staffed by friendly highly-skilled technicians who can offer support and training in the use of the equipment. All we ask is that users share their ideas and knowledge and help fellow users to get the most out of the equipment and resources, to build a big and strong community where knowledge is shared on.

WHAT IS A FAB LAB

Fab Labs  (digital fabrication laboratories) were set up to inspire people and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into new products and prototypes by giving them access to a range of advanced digital manufacturing technology.

The Fab Lab was designed around the emerging possibility for ordinary people to not just learn about science and engineering but actually design machines and make measurements that are relevant to improving the quality of their lives and the communities around them.

The idea was conceived by renowned inventor and scientist Professor Neil Gershenfeld at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His idea was a simple one: to provide the environment, skills, advanced materials and technology to make things cheaply and quickly anywhere in the world, and to make this available on a local basis to entrepreneurs, students, artists, small businesses and in fact, anyone who wants to create something new or bespoke.

Open-Source Movement Makers like us are are united by the desire to share knowledge, collaborate and to “make almost anything.” Our lab is open to the public, employs both staff and volunteers and greatly values both diversity and play, as we believe these are necessary for innovation. Our network and patrons include people of all kinds: students, teens, families, entrepreneurs, artists, hobbyists, gamers, hackers, engineers, scientists, teachers, librarians, activists and more. We welcome those interested to Join the conversation and discover more about who we are!

P.R. Champion

This is the local community leader who believes in  and is passionate about the fab lab concept and what it can do for the community. This is a person  who is closely connected to the community base in order to bring resources (financial and otherwise) and commitment to the fab lab from within.  This person may already be running a NGO or community center, and has a personal commitment to and community mission for that center, rather than performing merely an administrative role.  When times are tough, these champions find the commitment and resources to sustain the operation, and have enough vision to keep the community excited about it.  Champions are  critical to the success of the fab lab.   This person does not need to be technical, just committed and passionate about the idea, and well connected within the community to sustain the operation.  This person may or may not serve as administrative/managerial support for the lab.

Fab Lab Guru

This is the person that makes the lab operate on a day to day basis.  They must like to make things. That’s far and above the most distinguishing factor for a fab lab guru, they must love to make things. It helps a lot if they have either a mechanical or electrical engineering background, OR a background making things professionally.  Electronics and programming are good skills to have as well.

This person would also help design programs for community.  If you plan to handle a lot of schools and groups, you probably want to hire two (2) experts for the permanent facility.  If you plan to participate in Fab Academy, you will probably want to have two gurus on staff.

High school teachers who lead robotics competition design classes are terrific for this kind of job, as are those with  arts or architecture training, or training in industrial arts. 

This person is always multi-tasking, between maintaining the equipment and supplies, to helping mentor people through projects, and training users on the design software and the fabrication hardware.  It’s a big job, and if you have a big lab, you need two of them.  Below is a job description from one of the fab labs in the network that’s a pretty good model. Most of all this person has to be open to new ideas, have a passion for making things, and patience and capability to teach users 

 

Fab Lab Director
  • A technical degree (ME,EE,CS,IT) and/or similar job experience is required.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are required.
  • Desire to seek and pass on knowledge to others is a must. Previous teaching experience is preferred.
  • Proficiency in common desktop applications (web browsing, word processing, image editing etc) required. Familiarity with CAD/CAM and/or PCB Design software preferred.
  • Must have experience running and maintaining PCs and LANs (your home PC and LAN may be sufficient). Familiarity or expertise in Linux preferred.

The Fab Lab Director and the Fab Lab itself will cross the boundary of multiple disciplines including education, arts, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science and manufacturing engineering.  The ideal candidate will likely have a background that is just as diverse and will be eager to embrace new concepts and technologies when appropriate.

In this instance the fab lab  is a large lab that will have a lot of people coming through, with  one on-site manager, 2 gurus, and  plans for one guru to run a mobile fab lab as well. 

Intern

This is the person that makes the lab operate on a day to day basis.  They must like to make things.

Previous knowledge is not essential but suggested. Is the person in charge of attending the users and make the “welcome to the fablab” explanations. His work is between public relationship and maker.

The staff should teach him how to use the machines on his own so he can develop contents and make little projects.

Recommended at least 1 permanent intern with two of them overlapping.

Extra staff

If the permanent (brick and mortar) fab lab facility is going to be part of a business incubator or have a self-sustaining entrepreneurial focus to it, you may need a full time designer/engineer to help entrepreneurs and small business innovators design and prototype their ideas.

Mobile fab lab should also have at least one full time guru/technical expert on staff, and depending on how  you schedule the lab (that it, lots of schools, or lots of community centers, very close together in time) you may want two gurus, or one guru and one person to help with crowd flow/control. 

VOLUNTEER!

We depend on volunteers to help make sure our Fab Lab is a community-oriented space. After patrons have visited a few times they are welcome to get involved as a volunteer. There are two main ways to do this:

  1. Contactthe staff on the fab and ask them to help you get started. They would be happy to help you get the most out of your experience!
  2. Alternatively you can guide your own path of involvement. There are several ways this might happen:
    • Learn how some of the tools work and help others to use them
    • Find us on Facebook, YouTube and share pictures and videos of creations as well as events and insights
    • Collaborate with us to bring in an organization or group you’re connected to for a workshop
    • Talk to any of the staff or core volunteers to learn about more ways you can help out

VOLUNTEER AND HELP – the fablab community grows based on community. offer your time to create and help at fablab@tideinstitute.org

LAB / EQUIPMENT RENTAL/ RESERVATION OF THE MACHINES

Many of our tools are chosen based on the MIT Fab Lab Inventory categories, but we have altered and expanded upon them. Specifically we offer both open source and proprietary solutions and make use of many lower-cost digital fabrication machines

To schedule time, go through the following steps.

Look for open (empty, white) slots on the calendar below. You may overlap with other lab rentals, so long as you’re using a different tool or area. You can only schedule rentals during open hours(green areas). Once you’ve found one or more suitable times contact us to request the rental. Please indicate your chosen tool/area and any other relevant details.

You must indicate:

  • Machine use
  • Name and surname
  • E-mail address and telephone
Materials

The materials used in the laboratory shall be borne by the shareholders.

The fablab provides a purchase of materials, which can be booked and collected directly in the laboratory based on the material avaibility .

There exist a recycling box of left material that user can take for free to avoid more garbage production an improve recycling

DONATIONS

Donations of usable items must be approved by the Directors.
A “freebie shelf” is available for items that are free to use/take for all members and will be periodically cleared.
Donations for the “freebie shelf” will be accepted only if there is space available.
Donations for the “freebie shelf” that do not fit cannot be left in the Fab Lab.

Disciplinary Actions

Directors may ban anyone who violates the Code of Conduct from the premises or online systems.
Bans may be reversed upon agreement by a simple majority of the FabLab Staff

Functionally, Fab Labs encourage people to become makers by exploring the entire design process.

Organizationally, our Fab Lab is a member of Tide Institute

ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE FABLAB

By participating and helping to organize the activities of the fab lab, such as taking courses and workshops, participating in events, providing support to new members, or by contributing to the daily operation of the Fab Lab Seoul, the volunteers can avoid paying the use of the machines for a time equivalent to theirs helping time.

CODE OF CONDUCT

The 6 key rules are:

  1. SAFETY – check the machine instructions and do not perform any activity that may harm you, your colleague or the machine. remember: human safety machine safety operational safety
  2. CLEAN YOUR MESS – use the space at your will, but trow your garbage and waste in the bin
  3. PUT BACK WHERE YOU TOOK IT – tools and material get lost easier
  4. ASK – better safe than sorry
  5. SHARE – Fablab ntnu is a space to share ideas, equipment and knowledge

Don’t merely respect each other; be excellent to each other.

Safety is important! If you are unsure of how to safely do something, don’t do it.

All members are expected to maintain a safe and clean environment at all times.Clean, Maintain, Organize, Improve.

Always leave the space better than you found it.We are all here to make things and learn, so collaboration is important.

If you break something, let someone know so it can be fixed.
Don’t make someone feel bad for breaking things, help them understand what went wrong.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Tools/resources must stay on the premises so that other members may use them.

Sign in/out when you enter/leave the Fab Lab to help us keep track of usage.
Don’t catch fire, set others on fire, or set anything on fire which has not been designated or designed to be on fire.
It is the responsibility of each member to help enforce the Code of Conduct.
If someone is violating the Code of Conduct politely explain to them why their behavior is not acceptable. Egregious violations should be reported to a Director.

STORAGE

The Fab Lab is too small to serve as a storage facility so projects and materials must follow the storage rules.
Projects and materials for them can only be stored in the Project Storage Areas.
Monthly Makers can store individual projects and materials, as space is available, for up to 30 days.

-Frequent Fabbers can store for up to 60 days.
-Staff of the Lab can store for up to 90 days.

All projects and materials must be clearly labeled with the name of the member and date storage began.
Any projects and materials left past the approved storage term or after membership expires will be considered donations and could be thrown away or reused.

COSTS

User pay for each hour of use of the machines. It case it didn’t overpass the hour the full hour will be charged

In the case the use needs to be more ‘frequent’ we provided a hourly cost for each type of machines, please check machine specific page at Tool Documentation

The costs do not constitute a fee for using the machine as a contribution to the maintenance ,support and expansion of the fleet.

Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Start typing and press Enter to search