TUTLab - Tampere University of Technology

TUTLab – a communal workshop at TUT

ProLab+FabLab = TUTLAB

TUTLab comprises of:

  • ProLab - a made-to-order workshop 
  • Fablab TUT - a learning environment open to everyone

ProLab

The role of ProLab as a lightweight engineering workshop is to support reasearch and teaching by manufacturing research equipment for their use. ProLab serves all TUT departments and also companies. ProLab's services include component manufacture, assembly, mechanical and electromechanical consultation and machining services. More information for research groups in TUT can be found in Tutka. Companies and reasearch groups from outside TUT can contact Head of ProLab Lasse Söderlund.

FabLab TUT  

FabLab is a learning environment that is open for everyone. It is an application of the global FabLab concept developed in MIT. At he moment there are more than 1000 FabLabs in six continents.

In FabLab TUT you are helped to learn digital manufacturing through trial and error and it is the centre of manufacturing and hands-on learning for TUT students and staff. Also students and staff of University of Tampere and Tampere University of Applied Sciences are welcome to use FabLab TUT. In addition, FabLab TUT organizes workshops that are open for anyone who is interested as well as open days for the public when anyone can come and do their own projects. In FabLab TUT anyone who is interested can learn digital manufacturing by only paying the material costs.

  1. Possibilities offered by FabLab TUT (machines, user manuals, instructions for modelling etc.)

  2. Who can use FabLab TUT? (TUT, UTA and TAMK students and staff, public, visitors)

  3. How to use FabLab TUT? (Registration, booking the machines, reporting the projects etc.)

  4. TUTLab for companies

  5. Contact information and for the media

Possibilities offered by FabLab TUT

Machines available in FabLab:

  • 3D printers 7 pcs
    • 2 pcs MakerBot Replicator+ plastic printer (295x195x165 mm l/w/h)
    • 1 pc MakerBot Mini+ plastic printer (101x126x126 mm l/w/h)
    • 1 pc Prusa I3 MK3 plastic printer (250x210x210 mm)
    • 1 pc Markforged Mark Two carbon fibre/glass fibre printer (320x132x154 mm l/w/h)
    • 2 pcs Projet 460Plus plaster printer
  • 3D-scanners 2 pcs
    • Hand-held scanner (Artec Eva)
    • Table scanner (Matter and Form)
  • Laser cutters 3 pcs
    • Epilog Laser Fusion 75W, work area 1016 mm x 711 mm
    • Epilog Laser Fusion 120W, work area 1016 mm  x 711 mm
    • Trotec  CO2 Laser System 60W, work area 610 mm x 305 mm
  • CNC router 1 pc
    • Excitech E2-1325, work area 2400 mm x 1200 mm
  • Roland monoFab SRM-20 3D desktop milling machine
  • Vinyl cutter 1 pc (Summa, work area c. 600 mm)
  • Embroydery machine 2 pcs
    • Husqvarna Designer Diamond Royale
    • Singer SE300
  • Electronic work station 2 pcs (TEKLAB)
  • Hot wire cutters 2 pcs
    • table cutter Proxxon Thermocut 230E 390 x 280 mm
    • floor standing cutter HWS-table (cutting area width and height 500mm)
  • Heat press (TS One Heat Press 380x500mm)
  • Hand tools

User manuals for the machines, manufacturer's info, instruction videos etc.

Makerbot printers
Makerbot Replicator+ User manual (pdf)
Makerbot Mini+ User manual (pdf)
Manufacturer's web pages (instructions for 3D printing, finishing the projects, webinars etc.)
Instruction videos (Youtube)
Makerbot software (i.e. estimating the printing time; you can also come to TUTLab to estimate the printing time, Obs! Mini+ is about 30% slower than Replicator+)
Filaments (pdf) for Makerbot printers

Prusa printers
Manufacturer's user manual: Prusa3d_manual_mk3_en.pdf
Manufacturer's web pages
Instruction videos (Youtube)
Filaments (pdf) for Prusa printers

Markforged Mark two composite printer
Manufacturer's web pages
Markforged Eiger software
Mark One documentation (design guide, trouble shooting ym.)
Instruction videos (Youtube)

ProJet plaster printer
Projet user manual (pdf)
Manufaturer's web pages

Artec Eva scanner
Artec studio_userguide (pdf)
Manufacturer's web pages

Matter and Form table scanner
Matter-and-Form_3D-Scanner_User-Manual (pdf)
Manufacturer's web pages
Instruction videos (Youtube)

Epilog laser cutters
FabLab instructions: Epilog laser cutter quick guide.pdf (pdf)
Manufacturer's user manual: Epilog laser cutter user manual (pdf)
Manufaturer's web pages
Instruction videos (Youtube)
Materials for laser cutting: Safe materials for laser cutting (pdf) and Plastic types suitable for laser engraving (pdf)

Trotec laser cutter
FabLab instructions: Trotec quick guide (pdf)
Manufacturer's user manual: Trotec user manual (pdf)
Manufacturer's web pages
Instruction videos (Youtube)
Materials for laser cutting: Safe materials for laser cutting (pdf) and Plastic types suitable for laser engraving (pdf)

CNC milling machine (to be able to use the CNC router you need to participate in FabLab CNC training)
FabLab instructions: CNC quick guide (pdf)
TUTLab instruction video
Manufacturer's web pages

Roland tabletop milling machine
Roland monofab user manual (pdf)
Manufacturer's web pages
Instruction videos (Youtube)

Vinyl cutter
FabLab instructions:vinyl_cutter_quick_guide (pdf)
Summa cut User manual (pdf)
User manual for vinyl cutter software (pdf)
Manufacturer's web pages

Embroidery machines

Design software PE Design
Instruction manual: PE-Design 8.0. User manual (pdf)
Instruction videos (Youtube)

Husqvarna brodeerauskone
User manual (pdf)
Manufacturer's web pages
Instruction videos (Youtube)

Singer brodeerauskone
User manual
Manufacturer's web page
Instruction videos (Youtube)

TEKLAB electronic work station
TUTLab instructions: TekLab quick guide (pdf)

Instructions for modelling and materials

Preparing the file

To be able to use the digital manufacturing machines in FabLab you need a file in the right format because the trajectories used by the machines are determined by a 2D or 3D model.  Short instructions for 2D and 3D modelling software (in Finnish) can be found from here (pdf). There are two computers in FabLab that are meant for designing files. Software that are available on these computers can be found from here.

Courses provided by TUT where 3D design is taught (for TUT students and staff) are for example the following (pdf).

 

 

 

3D printers

For 3D printing you need to have a 3D file that you can get by designing it yourself by using desing software, by scanning an object with a 3D scanner and then printing it or by finding a ready made file from the internet. Good file format for 3D printing is for example stl. For 3D modelling you can use for example the following software:

  • OnShape (can be downloaded for free)
  • Google SketchUp (can be downloaded for free)
  • SolidWorks (FabLab, TUT library)
     

Laser cutters

The FabLab laser cutters are guided with Adobe Illustrator software. For the laser cutter you need a file that is in vector format; any file format that can be opened up in Adobe illustrator is suitable. Suitable file formats are e.g. dxf, pdf, dwg ja svg. For 2D modelling you can use for example the following software:

  • SolidWorks (FabLab, TUT library)
  • Adobe Illustrator (FabLab)
  • InkScape (can be downloaded for free)
  • OnShape (can be downloaded for free)


Other machines

You can find the suitable file formats for each machine in the appropriate user manual.

Materials

In FabLab TUT we work with non-metallic materials. Attached is a list of materials (pdf) that are sold in FabLab. The list is only directional, there might be materials on offer that are not on the list and/or all the materials are not necessarily on offer all the time. If you wish to use your own materials, contact the staff in advance to check that they are suitable for the machines. The staff can help you acquire materials if the material you need is not in stock.

Links to web sites with ideas and ready made model files

Good project ideas and ready-made files can be found for example from these sites:

http://www.thingiverse.com/ (thousands of 3D files for printing)
https://all3dp.com/1/best-free-3d-printing-software-3d-printer-program/ (introduction to free 3D modelling software)
https://grabcad.com/library
http://makeabox.io/ (easy way to make a box)
http://3dprintingforbeginners.com
https://www.makerbot.com/img/educators-guidebook/MakerBot_Educators_Guidebook.pdf
https://grid.space/kiri (multipurpose slicing and visualization engine e.g. for 3D printing)
https://makezine.com/
https://www.instructables.com/
http://www.mynewsdesk.com/fi/an-cadsolutions/news/3d-tulostusmateriaaleista-tietoa-80005
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfZE1QPM4Ns
https://www.epiloglaser.com/resources/sample-club.htm (samples with projects done with Epilog laser cutter)
https://www.troteclaser.com/en/applications/ (samples with projects done with Trotec laser cutter)
http://fi.rolanddg.eu/en-dk/Applications (samples with projects done with Roland table milling machine)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who can use FabLab TUT?

FabLab TUT is open to everyone interested by only paying the material costs (for the public there is a 20 euro registration fee when using FabLab for the first time).

TUT, UTA and TAMK  students and staff

Students and staff of all three universities can use FabLab TUT for both course work and hobbies as well as for research. Instructions for TUT students and staff on how to get started can be found for staff in Tutka  (Education - Teaching facilities - TUTLab) and for students in POP (Study info - TUTLab). Instructions for UTA and TAMK students and staff can be found from below.

University laboratories, units and research groups can utilize FabLab in research and teaching but also for organizing a staff welfare day, when organizing a course or a conference etc. Teacher, if you are interested in using FabLab TUT for a course project, please contact project manager Jussi Viljanen.

Public and visitors

FabLab TUT is also open for users outside the universities. FabLab TUT organizes open days for public when anyone who is interested in using the machines for their own projects can come and use them. Use of the machines is free, user only pays the material costs and there is staff available who can help with the use of the machines. Note however, that the file needs to be ready and that FabLab TUT does not offer help with the modelling. Instructions on what to do if you want to use FabLab TUT on the open days for public can be found from below.

FabLab TUT also organizes different events where the public can come and see the machines running and try them guided by the staff with files designed beforehand by the staff. The main forum for advertising the open days and events is Facebook.

It is also possible for schools, educational institutions and nurseries to come and visit FabLab TUT. More information about visiting TUT in general can be found here. If you are interested in visiting TUT in general with your class/group, contact staff in charge of school visits at TUT or if you are interested in visiting FabLab TUT you can also contact directly project manager Jussi Viljanen.

OBS! When visiting FabLab TUT you accept taking photos and video of yourself and your work. Teachers of school/nursery/educational institution groups must insure that all the children/students have a permission from their parents to be photographed.

Public and visitors are not insured by FabLab TUT.

FabLab is situated in TUT campus in Hervanta in Sähkötalo-building B-wing 1st floor, look at the campus map.

How to use FabLab TUT?

Instructions for TUT students and staff can be found in Tutka (Education - Teaching facilities - TUTLab) and POP (Study info - TUTLab).

Other users (not TUT students and staff)

1. Registration and access rights

To be able to use FabLab TUT one needs to register as a user. When registering the person confirms that they have read and accepted FabLab TUT Code of Conduct and Terms of Use and Liability.

Read the correct Code of conduct and Terms of Use and Liability.

Code of Conduct for public (also for University of Tampere and TAMK students and staff) (pdf)
Code of Conduct for companies (in Finnish) (pdf)
Terms of Use and Liability (pdf)

2. Access card

  • University of Tampere and TAMK students and staff can get the access rights directly on their own university's staff/student card or get a TUTLab access card when they have signed the registration forms.
  • Public users can get an access card where the access rights are registered against a 20 euro payment. The card is personal and it can not be given to be used by anyone else. The access right is valid for one (1) calendar year at a time after which it needs to be renewed. If the user looses the card, they need to contact FabLab TUT staff immediately (tutlab@tut.fi). 
  • Company representatives get an access card where the access rights are registered against filling out the code of Conduct form. The card is personal and it can not be given to be used by anyone else. The access right is valid for one (1) calendar year at a time after which it needs to be renewed. If the user looses the card, they need to contact FabLab TUT staff immediately (tutlab@tut.fi). 
     

3. Booking the machines

  • The machines are reserved from FabLab TUT staff by e-mail (tutlab@tut.fi). Public and company users can only reserve the machines for the specific days when FabLab TUT is open for the public/companies. FabLab TUT reserves the right to limit the number of reservations made by one person. University of Tampere and TAMK students and staff can use the machines within the same opening hours as students and staff of TUT.
  • Observe when booking:
    • Book the machine only when your file is ready or you know that it will be ready by the time of the reservation!
    • Cancel the reservation if you don't need it.
    • The laser cutters can only be booked by maximum 2 hours at a time. If you need it for longer, contact the staff beforehand.
    • The Makerbot printers can be left to print overnight. In this case reserve the last hour of the day.
    • You must come on site when the reserved time starts. If no one comes to the reserved time within 20 minutes from the start, the reservation is cancelled and the machine freed for others to book and use.
       

4. Familiarize yourself with the user manuals and instruction videos. The CNC router can only be used by people who have participated in a specific introductory course on its use.

5. Each time before using the machines, you must show your staff or student card to a specific reader at FabLab TUT to prove your access rights to the FabLab TUT machines.

6. When using machines for the first time, contact the staff and go through the safety and user instructions.

7. You can use the materials sold at FabLab TUT. Attached is a list of materials (pdf) that are on offer in FabLab. The list is only directional, there might be materials on offer that are not on the list and/or all the materials are not necessarily on offer all the time. If you wish to use your own materials, contact the staff in advance to check that they are suitable for the machines. There is also a Futation material library in FabLab which you can use for finding existing materials and it also provides you with the contact details for acquiring them.

8. Paying the materials

Used materials are paid each time immediately after taking them from the storage.

  • Hobby work is paid personally by debit or credit card. Cash is not excepted.
  • Course and project work is invoiced in the end of each term. Contact project manager Jussi Viljanen to agree about invoicing.


9. The staff does not teach modelling or using the software but every user needs to learn this by themselves. However, if you need help in choosing suitable software and/or using them together with the machines, we are happy to help (also read intsructions for modelling etc. from above)

Reporting projects done in FabLab TUT

All projects done in FabLab TUT must be reported. You must leave at least a photo and few lines of text. The reporting is opening during 2018 and instructions for doing it will be available in FabLab TUT. Unitl then you can send a photo via e-mail or ask the staff to take a photo when your project is finished.

TUTLab for companies

TUTLab offers many different possibilities for companies.

ProLab

ProLab is a lightweight engineering workshop that also serves companies. ProLab's services include component manufacture, assembly, mechanical and electromechanical consultation and machining services. if you are interested in services provided by ProLab please contact Head of ProLab Lasse Söderlund.

FabLab TUT

FabLab TUT serves companies in many ways. Companies can use FabLab for organising events or workshops or rent the machines individually. In all matters regarding business use of FabLab TUT you can contact project manager Jussi Viljanen.

Product development workshop
  • FabLab in exclusive use (no one else will access or work in the facilities at the same time)
  • All machines and equipment are available for use under guidance
  • Access to TUT’s professors’ and researchers’ expertise
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Recommended number of people: 10–20.
  • Price estimate: €2500 + materials

Workplace health promotion event

  • FabLab in exclusive use (no one else will access or work in the facilities at the same time)
  • Guided programme may include e.g.:
    • Equipment introductions
    • Guided practical execution of a minor product, for example making jewellery or priting t-shirts
    • Meal and some entertainment
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Recommended number of people: 10–20
  • Price estimate: €1250 + materials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renting machines individually

Companies can rent out individual machines. The hourly rate is 100€ (+vat)/starting hour. The person that comes to use the machines needs to register as a FabLab TUT user (look above How to use FabLab TUT?).

 

 

 

 

 

Student collaboration

  • Challenge our students to execute ideas and seek solutions to corporate needs.
  • Our students will utilise the TUTLab machinery and equipment to execute physical solutions to problems.
  • You may set a specific deadline for the task.
  • As a reward, the students may receive study credits and/or a company scholarship.
  • The company may find suitable candidates for their projects and even future employees.


See other forms of student collaboration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We can tailor events or services to meet your specific needs. TUTLab’s services are subject to a fee for companies.
 

Contact information and for the media

FabLab is situated in TUT campus in Hervanta. FabLab is situated in the B-wing of the Sähkötalo-building in the 1st floor, look at the campus map.

TUTLab visiting address:
SB101 Sähkötalo 1st floor.
Korkeakoulunkatu 3
33720 Tampere

TUTLab postal address:
TUTLab/Tampereen teknillinen yliopisto
PL 692
33101 Tampere

E-mail: tutlab(at)tut.fi

Social media channels that we use are:

Facebook
Instagram

Photos for media's use:
TUTLab 1
TUTLab 2
Makerbot 3D plastic printer
CNC-router
Trotec laser cutter
Epilog lase cutter
Roland table top milling machine
Embroidery machine

Lasered miniatyre 3D catapult
Assembled 3D catapult
Vinyl cutter and heat press project
Embroidered heart
3D printed Christmas reindeer

Trying out the 3D pens
Group work in TUTLab
Having a look at the materials library
School visit

Staff:
Project manager Jussi Viljanen jussi.viljanen(at)tut.fi, p. 050 300 8839
Coordinator Hanne Lehtola, hanne.lehtola(at)tut.fi, p. 050 447 8814
Coordinator Sanna Kivimäki, in Tampere3-project March-December 2018
Laboratory technician Taru Arvio taru.arvio(at)tut.fi, p. 040 198 1202
Laboratory technician Mika Kiirikki mika.kiirikki(at)tut.fi, p. 050 447 9236

 

Photos: Arto Jalonen, Jussi Viljanen, Taru Arvio, Sanna Kivimäki

Updated by: Hanne Lehtola, 07.05.2018 13:13.
Content owner: Lehtola Hanne
Keywords: education and studies, science and research, services and collaboration, working at tut