Fab Lab

Laser cutting machine

Welcome to the Lake Macquarie Fab Lab, the City’s newest technological hub.

Located at the Swansea Centre, the Fab Lab (digital fabrication lab) is an innovative educational space which is the first of its kind in regional New South Wales.

It joins over 1700 Fab Labs around the world to provide access to the environment, the skills, the materials and the advanced technology to allow anyone anywhere to make (almost) anything.

Visitors will have the opportunity to develop skills in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths) and gain hands-on experience with advanced manufacturing equipment.

Some of the venue’s key features include:

  • Laser cutting machine
  • Vinyl cutting machine
  • CNC router
  • CNC desktop mill
  • 3D printer
  • 3D scanner
  • Green screen room
  • Virtual reality headsets
  • Vlogging kit
  • Desktop PCs for rendering, game and graphics design

The space will be accessible for all through a range of public workshops, open days and a dedicated membership program.

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The Fab Lab is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with the State Library of NSW through the Public Library Infrastructure Grant program.

NSW Government     State Library of NSW

What can I find in the Fab Lab?

You can find a range of equipment in the Fab Lab including:

  • Laser Cutter (Trotec Speedy 360 80W CO2)
  • CNC Router (1.5mx1.5m Workbee V3)
  • CNC Desktop Mill (Roland monoFab SRM-20)
  • 3D Printer (Ultimaker S5)
  • 3D Scanner (Einscan Pro HD)
  • Vinyl Cutter (Roland GS-24)
  • Green Screen Room
  • Vlogging kit (Canon)
  • Digital drawing tablet (Wacom Cintiq 32” Pro)
  • Virtual Reality Headsets (Oculus Rift and Quest)
  • Desktop PCs for rendering, game and graphics design

How can I access the Fab Lab?

You can access the Fab Lab via public workshops, open days or via our membership program, Lake Make Club

Workshops and open days are advertised on our events page.

You can find out more information about our membership program here which includes details on casual access to the facility.

What are the opening hours?

The Fab Lab will be open on select days throughout July 2022 before the officially launching on 12 August 2022.

Beginning 22 August, our core opening hours will be: 

  • Monday 1-9pm
  • Thursday 1-9pm
  • Saturday 10am-4pm

Where is it located?

The Fab Lab is located at the northern end of the ground floor of the Swansea Centre, Pacific Highway, Swansea NSW 2281.

Can the Fab Lab be used for commercial use?

We do allow limited commercial use of the Fab Lab.  Please see our Lake Make Club page for more details.

Does the Fab Lab do commissions?

We will consider doing commissions. Contact us at fablab@lakemac.nsw.gov.au with information about your commission and we will get in touch. Charges for undertaking commissions will include the cost of materials and staff time.

Fab Lab volunteer program

As part of Council’s commitment to running a Fab Lab, we have established an avenue for the public to access the facility for free.

Members are able to volunteer at the facility as a 'superuser' in exchange for a discount on membership fees. This discount varies based on the number of volunteer hours undertaken each month. 

Interested in becoming a superuser volunteer? Contact fablab@lakemac.nsw.gov.au for more information.