Mount Holyoke College
Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab (Prospect Hall)

Facilities and Equipment

Students working on different equipment in the Fimbel Lab

Facilities

The Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab is located on the first floor of Prospect Hall. The space is open for general use unless scheduled for a class, workshop or other event.

View the Fimbel Lab calendar

Kitchen and Lounge

Couches and chairs in the Fimbel Lab Lounge

Upon entering the Fimbel Lab, you will arrive at the Fimbel Lounge. This space is great for anyone in the MHC community to hang out, watch TV, or use the kitchen facilities. Please swipe in with your one card at the Greeter Desk.

The Fimbel Lounge kitchen is provided for the community to explore the science of cooking. Meals made in the Fimbel Lab are encouraged to be made from scratch as much as possible. For full access to the Fimbel Kitchen supplies you must reserved the space ahead of time. Drop-ins are welcome to folks who have signed our waiver and agreed to our core values. However, drop-in participants must bring their own cooking supplies and utensils.

Multipurpose Room and Brainstorming Room

Tables in a circular configuration in the Fimbel Lab multipurpose room

The Fimbel Lab has two configurable dust-free spaces.

The multipurpose room, the larger of the two spaces, is typically used as a classroom space for courses in need of the Fimbel Lab equipment.  

The brainstorming room is a smaller, more intimate space that is usually kept available for general use throughout the day. The brainstorming room includes additional equipment such as a laminator, printer and large format printer.

Both the multipurpose room and the brainstorming room can be reserved for meetings, clubs, and other activities. Food and drinks are allowed in these spaces.

General Workspace and Wood & Metal Working Shop

Students work on projects in the Fimbel Lab general workspace

The General Workspace and Wood & Metal Working Shop are our two main spaces equipped for making. Everyone must sign our waiver, register for a skill badge, and wear closed-toe shoes before entering these spaces. Please note that food and drinks are not allowed in these spaces. If you would like to request a tour, hold an event, or host a workshop in these spaces, please fill out our request form located on our booking site. See below for a list of equipment available for use.

Equipment

All of the equipment in the Fimbel Lab is available for student use. Reservations and training are required for some of the equipment. Contact a staff member for help with any of the equipment.

3D printers in the Fimbel Lab

3D Printers

The Fimbel Lab has six 3D printers. Reservations are required.

MakerGear

We have two MakerGear 3D printers, affectionately named Bert and Ernie.

Form2

We have one Form 2 printer.

  • Build Dimensions: 145 × 145 × 175 mm or 5.7 × 5.7 × 6.9 in
  • Uses Preform Software: Preform guide
  • Cost: ranges from 15 cents-30 cents per milliliter
  • (Each Filament is 1 Liter)
  • Available Materials: varies see booking site for current material

Mojo

We have one Mojo printer.

  • Build Dimension 127x127x127 mm or 5 x 5 x 5 in
  • Uses Print Wizard Software
  • Cost: $10 per cubic inch
  • Available Materials: ABS and dissolvable support material. Color varies

Ultimaker 3

We have two Ultimaker 3D printers.

  • Build Dimension 7.75x8.46x11.81in or 197x215x300mm
  • Uses Cura Software: Cura guide
  • Cost:  6 cents per gram (Each Spool is 1 kilogram)
  • Available Materials: black, white, silver, red, yellow, blue, clear, dissolvable support material. 
Laser cutters in the Fimbel Lab

Laser Cutter

The Fimbel Lab owns two Epilog Fusion Laser Cutters. Designs created in Illustrator can be used to cut or engrave wood, paper and — with special permission — some plastics. Reservations are required.

Epilog Fusion Laser Cutter M2 32

  • Bed size: 32 x 20in
  • Cut/Vector Material includes (not limited to): up to 1/4inch plywood, MDF/ hardboard, chipboard, cardboard, acrylic/ plexiglass, Felt/Fabrics and paper.  
  • Engraving/ Raster Material includes: Plywood, MDF/ hardboard, chipboard, cardboard, acrylic/ plexiglass, Felt/Fabrics, paper and CerMark treated metals. 

Epilog Fusion Laser Cutter M2 40

  • Bed size: 40 x 28in
  • Cut/Vector Material includes (not limited to): up to ¾ inch plywood, MDF/ hardboard, chipboard, cardboard, acrylic/ plexiglass, Felt/Fabrics and paper.  
  • Engraving/ Raster Material includes: Plywood, MDF/ hardboard, chipboard, cardboard, acrylic/ plexiglass, Felt/Fabrics, paper and CerMark treated metals.

Laser Cutter Rules

  • The laser cutter may only be used with an authorized supervisor present.
  • No Plexiglass or any plastics, except with permission.
  • New materials must be approved by Shani before they can be used.
  • Never leave the laser cutter unattended when it is in use.
  • Be at the laser cutter PC at your scheduled time. Your Adobe Illustrator file should be ready to print by your appointment time.
  • If you are running late you have a 10 minute grace period for 30 minute bookings, and a 20 minute grace period for 60 minute bookings. If you are not at the PC in time you will lose your booking.
  • If cutting or engraving will take longer than your reservation time, you may not proceed. It is your responsibility to book enough time for your file to process, and it’s not fair to those who might be waiting for their turn or the authorized supervisor assisting.
  • Clean up after yourself. You must discard or recycle all materials in the proper locations.

Booking the Laser Cutter

  • If you’ve already been trained, use our reservation form to reserve a time.
  • If you need to have training on the laser cutter, please reserve a time between 4 and 6 pm, and book an appointment with Shani Mensing, Fimbel Lab Coordinator and Technical Specialist at the same time.
  • If you would like to book the laser cutter at a different time that what is generally available, you must have a supervisor with you and email Shani Mensing with the desired time and name of supervisor present.
  • If you have any questions or concerns e-mail Shani Mensing.

*Before using the laser cutter please read the manual and see these slides for important operation & safety tips!

Laser cutter MAY ONLY BE USED with an authorized supervisor present. You must get in contact with a authorized supervisor if you would like to use the laser cutter.

* If you would like to book the laser cutter at a different time you must have a supervisor with you and email Shani @ mensi22s with the desired time and name of supervisor present. *
List of supervisors can be found on the Laser cutter info wall by the Laser Cutter.

If you need to have training on the laser cutter please book and appointment during 4-6 and book an appointment with Shani Mensing at the same time.

Fimbel Lab soldering station

Soldering Stations

Two Hakko soldering stations are available for electronics and wire-art needs. These irons maintain a steady 785 degrees, making soldering quick and smooth.

Fimbel Lab sewing station

Sewing Machine

The Fimbel Lab has a number of sewing machines and conductive thread that can be used to make anything from a Halloween costume to a light-up plushie.

Photo of the vacuum former

Vacuum Former

The vacuum former can be used to create plastic shells from solid models, which are useful in creating chocolate molds or robotic carapaces.

Photo of the vinyl cutter in the Makerspace

Vinyl Cutter

The vinyl cutter can be used to make decals, stencils or silk screens from digital art.

An organized wall of handtools in the Fimbel Lab

Hand and Power Tools

A variety of hand and power tools are available for in shop use. Tools range from basic hand tools like hammers and wrenches to power tools such as hand plans and circular saws.

Students in the Fimbel Lab wood working shop

Woodworking and Metalworking Shop

Both traditional and high tech tooling are available.

Woodworking shop equipment

  • table saw
  • jointer
  • planner
  • sander
  • chop saws
  • band saw
  • lathe
  • drill press

Metal shop equipment

  • milling machine
  • metal lathe
  • horizontal bandsaw
  • metal drill press
  • welding equipment

High tech machining tools

  • ShopBot CNC 5’x8’ bed
  • Water Jet Proto Max
  • Tormach 770M