The M70 Lab is our flexible working space primarily used for electronics production and prototyping. Several project benches are available for booking which include basic production tools including soldering irons, power supply, dremel, etc. (For full list of tools available to Producing Members have a look at the equipment list.) Beyond the basic tools we also keep a number of supporting technologies around from point and shoot cameras able to shoot at 1000fps to Arduino boards to Wii Motes, all provided for you to experiment with. M70 Lab is also the home of our Maker Bot and Epilog Zing 30 Watt Laser Cutter.
While the M70 Lab is for Producing Members to access for production and experimentation, we also have several avenues for the public to come and use the tools, learn new skills and exchange ideas. The Mod Lab is a bi-weekly open lab, and you can read more about them here. The Open Workshops are free sessions open to everyone that happen on the 2nd and 4th Thursday every month. Find out about the next one in the workshop section.
The Maker Bot is a small 3D printer that uses ABS plastic to print objects. Objects can be designed in a variety of 3D softwares including 3D Sketch Up, AutoCAD and Blender. It is a great tool for testing designed elements before having them commercially created, but is also an inexpensive way to explore for unique textures and experimental approaches to object design.
The Epilog laser cutter is used for cutting and etching a wide variety of materials. It is an incredible tool for custom production of control surfaces or sculptural elements. The Epilog Zing 30 uses a 30 Watt laser and has a 12 inch x 24 inch cutting area. A full policy for access and cost recovery for the laser is still being determined, but if you have questions or are interested in the laser you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org