Draft Regeneration Strategy and Action Plan for Ballyshannon Town Centre

The Draft Regeneration Strategy and Action Plan for Ballyshannon Town Centre can be downloaded by clicking this link Draft Ballyshannon Regeneration Plan

Fablab Ballyshannon presently closed

Due to the Covid 19 restrictions and ongoing Corona virus pandemic Fab Lab Ballyshannon is currently closed. If and when we re-open will be communicated on our Facebook page and on this website.

Past News and Events

3D printed face shields for health workers

Fab Lab Ballyshannon is joining with other groups and individuals throughout the county to produce 3D printed face shields for health workers. The face shields were originally designed by Prusa Printers and the 3D design has been used extensively in many countries to make this important item of PPE. The photo below shows one of the shields and our page here gives more details of how the face shield is made.


Fab Lab events during August

August 2019 events

3D printing with Fusion 360, Tuesday 20th August, 2.00pm to 4.30pm

This will be a practical hands on workshop demonstrating 3D design and printing using Fusion 360 software and the Fab Labs 3D printer. Computers with Fusion 360 can be provided but attendees are advised if possible to bring their own laptops with the software already installed. Visit Fusion360 for hobbyists for more details on downloading and installing this software

Electronics 101, Tuesday 27th August, 6.30pm to 9.00pm

With the Electronics 101 workshop participants will build their own 12V battery charger, learning about power supply electronics and soldering in the process. The battery charger is designed to run off an old laptop power supply or other similar supply and the design can accommodate a wide range of power supply sources, solar cells for example, and can be easily customised to suit other charging applications. All components for the battery charger will be provided but to be of practical use participants will need to provide an additional power source that feeds the charging circuits: for example, and old laptop power supply.

Electronics 101

Past News and Events

St. Patricks Day Ballyshannon and the Fab Lab

Groups taking part in the town's St Patrick's Day Parade are welcome to use the Fab Lab equipment to make things for their parade activities.

st pats and fablab

Fab Lab events for February and March

volunteer workshop

Training for Fab Lab Ballyshannon volunteers

There will be training on the laser cutter for people who have volunteered in the Fab Lab. The training will cover health and safety, designing for the laser cutter and machine operation.

To allow attendees the opportunity to get the most benefit from the training, places on each workshop will be limited to 6 people. There are two training sessions, Tuesday 25th September and Tuesday 2nd October and it is only necessary to attend one of the sessions.

volunteer workshop

Past News and Events

Fab Lab Ballyshannon public meeting

Fab Lab Ballyshannon is holding a public meeting in its premises in the Mall on Tuesday 4th September at 8 pm with the aim of establishing the Fab Lab as a voluntary/community group.

Fab lab Ballyshannon is part of a global network of over 1000 Fab Labs that offer community access to digital fabrication equipment allowing people to make things and learn about the technologies involved. This has been shown to bring social and economic benefit to the community. The public meeting will be chaired by Andrew McNulty from DLDC and will give people the opportunity to learn what Fab Labs are, and provide an opportunity to participate in the setting up of the Ballyshannon Fab Lab as a voluntary/community organisation.

For further details phone Liam on 0899432203 (ROI), 07816836992 (NI) or email liam@fablab-ballyshannon.org

The video below provides further information about Fab Labs in Ireland

Link to the Fab Lab charter which gives a summary of the aims and objectives of Fab Labs.

As part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2018, Fab Lab Ballyshannon is running a number of craft workshops - designing and making fabric vinyl stickers. The workshops are run in conjunction with County Donegal Railway Restoration and will be held in their premises, at the original Old Station House, Tyrconnell Street, Donegal Town. For further details or to book a place phone Donna on 0879539041

May 2018 workshops

For the month of May, Fab Lab Ballyshannon is running a number of free workshops. Places are limited so booking required.

Arduino 101, 7.00pm to 8.30pm - Tuesday 1st May

Learn to program with this single chip computer used in a wide range of consumer and hobbyist applications.

3D Printing, 7.00pm to 8.30pm - Tuesday 8th May

Introduction to 3D printing.

Inkscape basics, 7.00pm to 8.30pm - Tuesday 15th May

Inkscape is free and open source software used to create drawings and artwork. The workshop will look at drawing basic shapes for cut out on the Fab Lab laser cutter.

Introduction to CNC, 7.00pm to 8.30pm - Tuesday 22nd May

Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines are used in Fab Labs to make things. Learn about the various steps involved from design to production.

To book a workshop click on the relevant button and follow the instructions.

Arduino 101 3D Printing Inkscape basics Intro to CNC

For Engineers Week 2018 Fab Lab Ballyshannon will be showing the inspirational film 'Dream Big: Engineering Our World' to a group of TY students from Coláiste Cholmcille. This will be followed by an introduction to what a Fab Lab is and what can be made there.

January 2018 workshops

Open Lab Night, 7.00pm to 8.30pm - Monday 22nd January .

A demonstration of the tools, processes and capabilities of a Fab Lab. Cost free

Introduction to Arduino, 6.30pm to 8.30pm - Tuesday 23rd January

Learn to program and develop with this single chip computer, used in a wide range of consumer and hobbyist applications. Cost €10

Electronics 101, 6.30pm to 9.00pm - Tuesday 30th January

This is a practical workshop dealing with the theory and practice of electronics. Learn to solder, use a multimeter and read a circuit diagram. Participants will build an LED light they can take home.Cost €15

All workshops held in Fab Lab Ballyshannon premises

Limited places on the paid for workshops so booking required. For bookings or more information email or phone 0899432203 (ROI), 07816836992 (NI)

Allingham Arts Festival 2017

As part of the 2017 Allingham Arts Festival Fab Lab Ballyshannon will be hosting two workshops in the Mall premises on Saturday 11th November. Places are limited and can be booked via the Allingham Arts Festival website. Times and details for these workshops are:

Introduction to vinyl cutting, 10.30am to 12.00pm, Saturday 11th November 2017

Using the Roland GX-24 vinyl cutter we will cut out artwork and lettering to produce decorative objects and labels. The vinyl cutter will also be used to cut out shapes in fabric vinyl which can then be affixed permanently to suitable fabrics using heat transfer methods. Suitable example artwork will be provided or bring your own and make it personal. Image formats include jpeg and bitmap.

Introduction to laser cutting 1.00pm to 2.30pm, Saturday 11th November 2017

A practical demonstration of using a laser cutter to engrave and cut various materials such as plywood, card and acrylic to make customised objects. Participants will be shown how the laser cutter works and how to use the design software to create something for laser cutting.