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Frequently asked questions

 

A makerspace hosts a variety of digital fabrication equipment and tools, typically including 3D printers, laser cutters, digital milling machines, an electronics bench, and more. These tools allow individuals, even those with relatively little design and fabrication experience, to create physical objects. The Fab@CIC makerspace, also known as a fab lab, provides widespread access to modern means of invention.

what is a makerspace?


Fab@CIC is a makerspace located within Render Coffee that offers access via membership to a wide array of digital fabrication tools that are usually only found in university workshops or at large firms. Fab@CIC welcomes CIC members, designers, makers, and anyone interested in exploring new ways of thinking and becoming familiar with design tools.

what is fab@cic?


CIC is a coworking space geared specifically to supporting the office space needs of startups. CIC develops and operates office space that ranges from a single seat in a shared open space to office suites for 50+ employees. CIC’s mission is to help solve the world’s problems by supporting innovators.

what is cic?


Design Town is located on the 15th floor of CIC Boston.

where is design town located?


Fab@CIC offers 3D printers, a laser cutter, a CNC milling machine, a large format printer, a vinyl cutter, and an electronics work station. Check out our equipment page for a full description of each machine.

What equipment does Fab@CIC offer?


Fab@CIC is powered by CIC and the Fab Foundation. We're also proud to share space in collaboration with Render Coffee.

Who is partnering on these initiatives?


We recommend looking at our membership page to decide which offering is best for you and then dropping us a line!

how do i join?


Become a member and we'll schedule a training for you with a Fab@CIC staff member or contributor. Not a member or you're not sure yet about joining? Feel free to drop by during our contributors' office hours for a quick demo on any of our equipment.

How can I learn how to use the fab@cic equipment?


If you're a member and you've been trained on the appropriate equipment, feel free to jump on a machine and start fabbing! Check out "How do I book a machine?" below.

If you're a member but don't know how to use the appropriate equipment, attend a training and work on your project during contributor office hours. Feel free to ask for guidance!

If you don’t know how to use the machinery, and don’t care to learn how, fill out this Project Inquiry Form.  Someone will follow up to see if your vision can become a reality!

I have an idea for a project. How do I get started?


To use Fab@CIC equipment you must be a member and have completed machine-specific training. After that you'll want to head over to the equipment page and reserve a machine by clicking the "Book" button on its respective page. Please enter your reservation time with as much accuracy as possible and don't overwrite anyone else's reservation!

how do i book a machine?


We offer standard materials (PLA/ABS filament, vinyl, plywood, acrylic, etc.) for each machine that you’re welcome to use for prototyping purposes and/or small projects. However, if you’ve moved beyond prototyping and require a large amount of material for your project we require you bring in your own. We're always happy to offer suggestions on where to source materials!

do you offer materials?


Currently, there is only storage for dedicated desk Design Town members and coworkers. 

Is there storage for my belongings and projects?


Yes! Fab@CIC welcomes CIC clients and external organizations to host design and maker-related events in one of our event spaces. To get started, please fill out the CIC Events Inquiry Form and a member of the Events team will get back to you within 1-2 days.

Can I book an event with Fab@CIC?


Yes! Your organization can rent private office space from CIC and have membership at Fab@CIC, giving your team access to the equipment and work space at Fab@CIC while their primary workspace is located elsewhere.

Do you offer private office space? 


Yes, for the sake of safety we require that a parent co-signs if their child is under 18 and interested in membership. Also note that ages 16+ can use the space independently but we do a require that a parent be present for anyone younger.

is there an age limit for membership?