Who is FabPub for?
FabPub is for anyone who has an idea and is interested in learning the latest technologies to turn ideas into reality. We strive to accommodate as many models of creation as possible and constantly search for new ways to help people learn and innovate.
What are your opening hours?
We are open from 9:00am – 9pm Mon-Fri excl public holidays. Once you have your time slot booked, you can come in whenever it’s your turn to use the machine. We highly suggest coming around 15 minutes earlier to set yourself up. If you need to use the machine on the weekends, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange an appropriate time.
How can I decide which machine I should use?
You should be able to identify which machine you would like to use as everyone has different preferences on the final design quality. If you are not sure which machine you should use, contact us.
Will I need an induction course?
Yes, everyone who uses the FabPub machine for the very first time will be required to get an initial 30 mins induction, you can find this in our bookings page.
Do I need to bring my own materials?
Yes, you will need to bring your own.
We do sometimes stock 2/3/6 mm MDF/acrylic for laser cutting and 3mm PLA in white colour for 3D printer which you can request for in addition to the machine hire. If you would like to use other materials, it’s possible or would like us to purchase for you please let us know.
I’m not sure how long I should book the machine for, what is the average time?
For laser cutting, you will need to measure the length of your curve. The average speed of laser cutter is 20mm/sec. However, this speed is subject to the thickness of the material you would like to cut.
Otherwise on average most of our customers take 2-3 hours, you can add more hours if you need later as long as the booking slot is free
How can I book a machine?
Just select a machine and time slot in our Bookings page and make a payment via Paypal, if you don’t have a PayPal account you can continue to checkout as guest via their website and you will receive a confirmation email to confirm your booking.
What if I need more time on the machine?
Please check with us to see if the next available slot is free. Otherwise you will need to rebook for another time.
What payments do you accept?
When you book online, we use PayPal or credit/debit cards are accepted via the guest checkout option via PayPal. We also have onsite debit/credit card machines in case you want to purchase any additional material or go over the allocated time.
What is your cancellation policy?
You can only cancel 24 hours before your booking time. Any later your payment will be forfeited.
Can I book over the weekend?
Please contact us if you wish to book over the weekend, we may be able to cater for the times over the weekend.
What do I need to do after I finish?
We expect our customers to take care of the machine in use and to clean up after themselves once their session is complete. All you need to do is to switch off the machine after use and to close the door.
I don’t know how to create a 3D file, can I just send you a design?
Yes that is possible, we have a team of designers who can help transform your design to a 3D file. Just contact us and tell us what you are after, any pictures or images would be helpful.
How long will it take once I submit a design?
An estimate will be provided shortly after you submit your enquiry, as this may vary on size, complexity of the shape, materials required.
Can I just send you a file to print or laser cut?
Of course! We will need to check that your file is ok to print and we will provide you a quote after assessment. We charge on an hourly basis depending on which machine you choose.
What payments do you accept?
You can pay via bank transfer or PayPal which must be done before we send the product to you, or if you are picking up then payment can be made at the premises too via debit/credit card.
How does it work if I was to send you my 3D file?
We will need to review the file to ensure that it will work with our 3D Printer. After reviewing we will contact you with a quote to make sure you are happy before proceeding. Payment is required before we send the final product to you.
I’m new to 3D printing, does that matter?
Don’t worry most people are, that’s why we are here to guide you. Most designers requiring a 3D Print may need a few prototypes before they reach the final desired outcome, so ensure that you build this into your timelines and budget!
What are your delivery options?
You can come collect via our office here at 499-505 Hackney Rd, Hackney E29ED or we can deliver to you at a cost and this varies on weight, material and size. If so we use Royal Mail.
What are the settings for the Hypecask DeltaTower?
To include in your Cura Header/Footer:
G21 ;metric values
G90 ;absolute positioning
M107 ;start with the fan off
G28 ;home all axes
G92 E0 ;zero the extruded length
M104 S0 ;extruder heater off
M140 S0 ;heated bed heater off (if you have it)
G91 ;relative positioning
M84 ;steppers off
G90 ;absolute positioning
The acceleration during print is 1500 and during movement it si 3000, we can have this in X,Y and Z. jerk is set to 20. Top speed is 100 mm/s (depending on how much filament you want to output). we havent tested the top retractrion speed, that depends on the material, we use up to 70 mm/s, but I guess you can go much higher in theory (depends on the material of the filament if it will grind or grip).
What file format can i use for the HypecaskDelta Tower?
We recommend using the free slicing software Cura to generate Gcode for the Hypecask Delta Tower.
STL, 3DS, 3DM, OBJ files can be converted into Gcode with Cura.
2D files such as DXF and DWG would require one of our 3D designers to create. Find out more here
What materials can you 3D print?
We use PLA filament in white/clear, which is the most popular option, however more colours are available, just let us know in advance so we can order these for you. Ninja Flex can also be used if you are after a softer material.
How do I send my file to the 3D Printer?
The Hypecask Delta Tower takes SD cards, however if you don’t have one, send it to us at email@example.com and we can load it on an SD card for you to use.
What file format does the Laser cutter support?
DXF is preferred – any standard jpg also works with engraving.
What materials can I use with it?
Acrylic, Plywood, Cardboard, Fabric, MDF
No metals, glass or PVC
How do I send my file to the laser cutter?
We have a PC connected to the Laser cutter so it communicates directly to it via USB.