FabLab Schedule Update

The FabLab is closed for the last two weeks of remote learning ( Nov 30 – Dec 11) and for the UVM Winter Break.  We will reopen in early January with the expectation of supporting Senior Design projects through January and then other student projects once the spring semester begins.

It was a pleasure working with everyone over the past semester, despite COVID restrictions. Thank you all for staying safe and being respectful of the safety and health of others.

We wish you a safe and healthy holiday season, and look forward to seeing you in the new year.

With Gratitude,

The UVM FabLab Staff.

Welcome Back!

We will resume workshops when COVID-19 is not the concern it is at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

We welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus!

We are excited to have open hours in the Fall of 2020. We are now in two locations Votey 242 and Votey 227

You may submit projects digitally as always, we also have the following open hours and expect to reopen by Friday, September 10.

Open Hours:
Fabber on duty in Votey 242
Monday 12pm – 6pm
Tuesday 4pm – 6pm
Wednesday 4pm – 6pm
Thursday 12pm – 6pm

Fabber on duty in Votey 227
Wednesday 4pm -6pm
Friday 12pm – 6pm

FabLab services during a time of remote learning: update

We currently offer remote consulting for the UVM community: The FabLab team is available to consult with students, faculty, staff and K-12 educators about the prototyping services of the FabLab that include 3D printing, laser cutting and engraving and more (for a listing of equipment see uvmfablab.net). Students may also contact us to get advice about 3d model designs; while the FabLab is not currently fabricating academic projects in the lab the FabLab team can offer advice around the viability of models and make suggestions that would improve 3d models and make them suitable for 3d printing in the future. To contact the UVM FabLab email fablab@uvm.edu.

Regarding local manufacturing and needs for the COVID-19 crisis: UVM’s Instrumentation and Model Facility (IMF) is leading UVM’s response to these needs, addressing medical equipment needs, repair and fabrication. UVM Risk Management and UVM IMF are working closely together and with the UVM Medical Center; the UVM FabLab is supporting their efforts. Thank you to everyone who has shown concern and sent us DIY patterns and models.


Drop-In Soldering Workshops

On Friday (12/6) from 6-8pm and on Wednesday (12/11) from 2-4pm we invite you to drop in for a soldering lesson. We’ll have a variety of kits available and our FabLab technicians (Fabbers) are enthusiastic about sharing this skill. This is for those who have never soldered before and beginners who want more practice.

In addition, on Wednesday (12/11) from 2-4pm we invite you to drop in for laser cutting snowflakes.

Please look at the ‘Workshops for the UVM Community’ page for more information.

UVM FabLab staffer Matt Argraves uses 3D printing to enable tractor safety

By Sarah Tuff Dunn

Nearly as much as maple syrup and ski slopes, tractors are a motif of Vermont—but driving one safely is more complicated than some might think. So UVM had a unique opportunity lately when Liz Kenton at the Center for Sustainable Agriculture reached out to the school’s FabLab for help ensuring safety among young tractor drivers.

“It started during a conversation at the Vermont Farm Health and Safety Coalition, and I mentioned offhand that I’d love to have a model of a tractor hitch printed,” says Kenton, who received the name of CEMS Director of Communications and Lecturer Jenn Karson from Philip Jones of Project WorkSafe and the Vermont Department of Labor. Karson, in turn, introduced Kenton to Matt Argraves, a staffer at the FabLab.

The most interesting part of the project, says Argraves, was going to the UVM farm and testing out different tractors. Then came building the model, no small feat. “It was really challenging taking this fairly large device and miniaturizing it down to one-sixteenth scale,” he says. “They’d be so small that they would break.”

Eventually, Argraves was able to build a successful model, one that Kenton now uses in teaching tractor safety. “Matt went the extra mile in spending time on the farm and learning about tractors; the details he put into it are just great,” says Kenton. “Now, the model is an attention-getter. It really helps students who are new to tractors become more comfortable.”



FabLab participates in Champlain Maker Faire and the Illuminated Forest

On September 22, 2018 the UVM FabLab had the great pleasure of participating and contributing to the 7th Annual Champlain Maker Faire (CMF) This years was the debut of CMF’s evening program Illuminated Forest. Both the evening and day event were located in the stunning beauty that is Shelburne Farms.

Fabbers had a booth as part of the daytime Maker Faire and demonstrated 3D printing for engineering.  The evening Illuminated Forest featured 16 light and sound installations in woods next to the Coach Barn. Fabbers created a zoetrope kangaroo carousel for the ocassion! See video and pictures below.



FabLab booth inside the Coach Barn during the day event – champlain Maker Faire



A pensive moment…trying a few things out for the lighting of the carousel…

Congratulations to graduating engineers and Fabbers Brianna, Carlo, Taylor and Claudia! Your contribution to the UVM FabLab over the past few years will be remembered and…Ouch! We will miss you!