Fab Lab Ballyshannon is a creative space where people can access digital fabrication technologies alongside electronics hardware and software tools in order to make things, learn and cooperate with others in these activities.

We are located in Unit 1 Béal na Mara, the Mall, Ballyshannon. For more information email or phone 0899432203 (ROI), 07816836992 (NI)

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.

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.

Past News and Events

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.