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:
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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Laser Cutting machine
Virtual Reality experience
The Fab Lab space at the Swansea Centre
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.
You can find a range of equipment in the Fab Lab including:
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.
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:
The Fab Lab is located at the northern end of the ground floor of the Swansea Centre, Pacific Highway, Swansea NSW 2281.
We do allow limited commercial use of the Fab Lab. Please see our Lake Make Club page for more details.
We will consider doing commissions. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with information about your commission and we will get in touch. Charges for undertaking commissions will include the cost of materials and staff time.
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 email@example.com for more information.