Quick Start Guide for IELC and CEMS First-Year Students

For those of you participating in our FabLab 101 workshop this April, here’s the basic info you need know.

1. Determine what you will print.

If you don’t know how to make a 3D model:
Use one of the open source files shared below or
learn how to 3D model using some of the free resources also listed below.

If you know how to 3D model and want to submit a unique design:
We will run your project on the MakerBot sketch, please consult with a FabLab employee about the specifications.

Consult with Frankie if you want for design assistance. If you would like to work with Frankie contact Professor Lens.

2. Go over your model files with a fablab employee during in-person or remote office hours.

3. Getting your project started and into our ticket system is easy – a fabber will help you get started if you have questions. Your coupon code is your netid.

4. While you are at the FabLab physical location ask for a tour if you would like to see all the other things we do in the lab (like laser cutting).

5. After you’ve submitted your project and file we will run your project. You will receive an email when it is ready.

6. Plan on a two-week turnaround.

FAQ + Resources

What’s unique about 3d Printing and how does it work?

There’s so much to say about this! To answer you question we selected these two short videos for you.

I’m new to 3D printing and I want to try making my own model, what are some resources?

Try our favorite online resources:




I want to use a readymade 3D model for my print. What are the options for this April workshop?

Rounded Corner Stencil Template


Origami Crane

Guitar Capo

Fractal Octahedra

Survival Whistle

Triple Gear

I love the fablab and I want to learn more about digital fabrication, is there a class?

Yes there is! Professor Jenn Karson is offering a special topics course ARTS 195 Digital Fabrication (CRN 95635) in the fall of 2021. In the coming years this course will have a different number and name; after 2021 look through the Studio Art course catalog for digital fabrication courses.

Are there job openings to work in the FabLab?

We hire about 4-5 students every few years. If you are interested check out the UVM student jobs board over the summer and also feel free to email us at uvmfablab.net.

Can I use the FabLab again?

Yes! If you are a CEMS student, starting in the Fall of 2021 we will launch a membership program that allows you credit toward academic and research projects. If you are not at student in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences you can purchase filament and laser cutting materials in the UVM bookstore and use the lab. Also there are many classes that use the FabLab for class projects.

Thanks so much for your interest in the FabLab! We look forward to working with you throughout your time at UVM.

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