[Pressemitteilung] Fab Lab Siegen opens again after 1.5 years closing at new location

Starting Wednesday, October 13, the Fab Lab Siegen will open again – every Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. you can tinker. For the time being, the 3G rule and a maximum limit of 20 visitors will apply. After the closure in spring 2020 due to the pandemic, some things have changed in the Fab Lab.

At the beginning of this year, the Fab Lab moved from Herrengarten to Sandstraße 26 (Reichwalds Ecke), as the Herrengarten demolition is imminent. So, the reopening can also be seen as a kind of fresh start. The Fab Lab is now staying in the House of Innovations. Thus, there are neighbors at the new location. The start-up incubator One Small Step from the start-up initiative Startpunkt57 in Siegen-Wittgenstein and ventUS – a support program for start-up projects at the University of Siegen. The offer around the Fab Lab has thus become more diverse.

After such a long time, we are happy to finally be able to open up again for Maker:ins and interested parties and to offer people a space for creative work and exchange once more. Even more so in the new premises with more space for creativity. Access and use are still free of charge during regular opening hours for the region!

Marios Mouratidis, Lab & Project Management Fab Lab Siegen

The Fab Lab is equipped with machines, technologies and tools for (digitally supported) making and repairing (almost all) things. It aims to contribute to a more sustainable society. As part of the University of Siegen, it offers a place for creativity, experimentation and exchange for all people, regardless of education and knowledge level. You don’t have to be a student to try out new things and tinker in the Fab Lab. In addition, the Fab Lab at the new location is also aimed at startups and companies for prototyping, small batch production and insight into digital technologies.

Since the Fab Lab attaches great importance to occupational safety, only those who have attended an appropriate safety training course are allowed to work there. For this reason, there will be safety briefings at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on October 13th. Starting on October 20, regular safety instruction will then take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. Registration is not necessary. Registration is not necessary. Just like use, safety instruction is free.

Due to the pandemic, masks are mandatory in the Fab Lab except at the seat with a safety distance. Fully vaccinated, recovered and negatively tested individuals have access to the Fab Lab. Self-guided use is free, but everyone brings their own materials.

The Fab Lab offers digitally supported manufacturing processes and classic craft areas. Among them, various 3D printing processes with plastics such as FLM (Fused Layer Modeling), SLA (Stereolithography) & SLS (Laser-Sintering), as well as two CO2 laser cutting and engraving machines, a collaborative robotic arm, a cutting plotter, a CNC router, an electrical workshop, the possibility of textile processing and a craft area. More information about the machines and the Fab Lab is available at fablab-siegen.de.

The Fab Lab shares its new domicile in the House of Innovations with the start-up initiative Startpunkt57 and the start-up office of the University of Siegen. This spatial proximity is intended to help companies, founders, inventors, creatives and anyone who wants to become one, to try out and implement creative ideas quickly and easily. Creative minds are thus supported in founding their own company out of a creative passion.


Open University

On May 14, we were represented with a booth at the Open University at the Lower Castle. In our luggage we had a couple of 3D printers, our robotic arm, as well as our augmented reality sandbox.

Spread over the Lower Castle Square, a lot of institutions and study programs and research projects were represented to introduce themselves. We were very pleased that many of you visited us. Sure, the weather was nice and there was an ice cream truck right next to our tent.

At the booth, visitors were able to learn how to use the 3D printer, and there were many interested visitors who were able to go home with their own printed parts. Our robotic arm, has been blithely demonstrating all day how to 3D scan and digitize objects (to then replicate them with the 3D printers, for example). The augmented reality sandbox was particularly well received. You can interactively change a topography of a map with the sand, build mountains and valleys, and then watch the flow of water on the map with a water and rain simulation. A great way to learn about topography and augmented reality.

GAME NIGHT | VOL. I

Harder. Faster. Pilz

On thirst…thursday, July 7th, 7pm: Sandstr. 26 in Siegen!

Dance, game & drink the night away! Play a round of Mario Kart (Switch & SNES) or Street Fighter 2 (SNES) with (or against) us. Let’s celebrate the end of the semester with plenty of drinks, tasty vegetarian & vegan food and good music.

Everybody welcome! We have food and beer, all for free.
No regristration needed.

Corona

Because there were some questions we would like to clarify under which conditions you can come to the Lab.

We would like to share with you some more detailed info about how to access the Fab Lab. The 3G rule applies, which means whoever is fully vaccinated, recovered or tested negative may visit the lab. However, not all tests are the same. Valid are official PCR tests with a QR code as well as rapid tests from the approved sites (not self-performed tests). University students and employees, for example, can take advantage of the university’s offer of free self-testing through Nov. 30. .
The current regulations for the Fab Lab can be found here.

The Fab Lab opens again – at Reichwald’s corner!

Finally the time has come, from Wednesday, October 13 we open once a week on Wednesdays from 2 to 8 pm. We are very excited to welcome you to the new Lab at Sandstraße 26, on Reichwald’s corner, and to work (and drink mate) with you again.

The 3G rule applies, which means whoever is vaccinated, recovered or tested negative may come by. However, seating is limited to a maximum of 20 people at any one time. Masks are mandatory throughout the Lab (except at the workplace) and safety distance. Use of the Fab Lab is still free, but as always, everyone brings their own consumables.

It is also important that everyone, including those who have worked in the lab before, must take a safety instruction. Therefore, we are offering additional safety instructions on October 13 at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.. After that, there will be regular safety instruction on Wednesdays only at 4 p.m.

As usual, you don’t need to register or pay anything for the visit or the safety briefings.