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 but 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 new learning environment that is open for everyone. It is an application of the global FabLab concept developed in MIT. 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 studetns and staff. In addition, FabLab TUT organizes workshops that are open for everyone 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.

 

Possibilities offered by FabLab TUT

  • Machines
  • User manuals, instruction videos etc.
  • Instructions for modelling, materials, ready-to-make models etc.

Who can use FabLabTUT?

  • TUT students and staff
  • University of Tampere and TAMK students and staff
  • Public and visitors

How to use FabLab TUT?

TUTLab for companies
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 Minifactory Innovator plastic printer (295x260x305mm l/w/h)
    • 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
  • 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 1 pc (Husqvarna Designer Diamond Royale)
  • 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 etc.

Makerbot printers

Minifactory Innovator

Markforged Mark two composite printer

ProJet plaster printer

Artec Eva scanner

Table scanner

Epilog laser cutters

Trotec laser cutter

CNC milling machine

Roland tabletop milling machine

Vinyl cutter

Husqvarna embroidery machine

TEKLAB elektronic work station

Instructions for modelling, materials, web sites etc.

Modelling

To be able to use the machines for digital manufacturing you need a file in the right format because the trajectories used by the mcahines are determined by a 2D or 3D model. 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. For the other machines you need a file in a vector format. Short instructions for 2D and 3D modelling software (in Finnish) can be found from here (pdf). Links to web pages where you can find ready made models can be found from below.

There are two computers in FabLab that are meant for designing. Programmes 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).

Estimating the printing time

https://grid.space/kiri

Materials for laser cutting

Suitable materials for laser cutting (pdf)
Plastic types suitable for laser engraving.pdf (pdf)

Links to web sites with ideas and ready made model files

Good ideas and ready files with models especially for laser cutting and 3D prnting can be found from these sites:

http://www.thingiverse.com/ (thousands of 3D files for printing)
https://grabcad.com/library
http://makeabox.io/ (easy way to make a box)
http://3dprintingforbeginners.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 anyone interested. Use of the machines is free, the user only pays the material costs.

TUT students and staff

Instructions on how to get started can be found for staff in Tutka  (Premises - TUTLab) and for students in POP (Study info - TUTLab).

TUT 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. More information can be found in Tutka.

If you are interested in organizing a staff welfare day or a visit to FabLab, contact coordinator Sanna Kivimäki or project manager  Jussi Viljanen.

University of Tampere and TAMK students and staff

University of Tampere and TAMK students and staff can use FabLab TUT for course work and hobby projects as well as for research. FabLab TUT is open for the students and staff of Universtiy of Tampere and TAMK with the same conditions as for TUT staff and students. However, they need to register as users with the Code of Conduct for the public (look below) because they are not covered by the insurances of TUT. If you are interested in using FabLab TUT in your courses, contact coordinator Sanna Kivimäki.

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 the 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 coordinator Sanna Kivimäki.

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

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?

Insturctions for TUT students and staff can be found in Tutka (Premises - 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 universitie'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 TUTLab 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 TUTLab 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 to be printed!
    • The laser cutters can only be booked by maximum 2 hours at a time. If you need it for longer, contact the staff to negotiate
    • 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 ist 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 coordinator Sanna Kivimäki to agree about invoicing.
  • Prices for the materials can be seen in FabLab. The prices may vary example by the amount of materials bought at once which is why the prices can be only seen on site.
     

9. The staff does not teach modelling or using the software but every user needs to leanr 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)

 

Discussion forum (coming)

Here is coming a discussoin forum meant for all users where you can find solutions to problmes from other users, share ides, chat about the machines etc.

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 in autumn 2017 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.

FabLab for companies

 

FabLab is TUT’s own tailored version of the global FabLab concept created at MIT. The global network currently includes approximately 600 FabLabs. At TUTLab, users can hone their skills through trial-and-learn and joint problem solving. FabLab encourages digital manufacture and trying and learning craftsmanship.

Companies can execute different kinds of events and workshops at FabLab:

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: €2,500 + 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:
  • Equipment introductions
  • Guided practical execution of a minor product
  • Meal + light programme
  • Free experimenting and working
  • Everyone can try out their desired FabLab equipment
  • All machines and equipment are available for use under guidance
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Recommended number of people: 10–20.
  • Price estimate: €2,000 + materials
     

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

YouTube channel

Photos for media's use:

Makerbot plastic printer.jpg

Materials library.JPG

Using 3D pens.jpg

 

Staff:

Project manager Jussi Viljanen jussi.viljanen(at)tut.fi, p. 050 300 8839

Coordinator Sanna Kivimäki sanna.kivimaki(at)tut.fi, p. 050 301 4052

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: Sanna Kivimäki, 11.09.2017 15:00.
Content owner: Kivimäki Sanna
Keywords: education and studies, science and research, services and collaboration, working at tut