maker's factory

The Maker’s Factory is the perfect place to turn your ideas into reality: In a workshop measuring 300 m², you have access to state-of-the-art equipment in an ideal environment for rapid prototyping. What’s more, you become part of a community that thrives on exchanging ideas and learning from each other.

your key benefits

  • Extensive high-tech machinery focused on additive manufacturing
    • Rooms for assembly and focused work
    • CNC milling, Polyjet/SLA/FDM-3D printing, 3D scanning, laser cutting
    • Pre- and post-processing
  • Lockable storage capacity and lockers of various sizes
  • Knowledge transfer by experts (hands-on, practice-oriented and individual)
  • Material and consumables on site and included – direct start possible
  • Networking events & community on site – platform for own projects
  • Individual event formats for MF users
  • 24/7 access and staffed reception
  • Coffee, table football and good music
  • Daylight-flooded workrooms
  • Barrier-free access
  • Supply of W-Lan, electricity, compressed air etc. included at every workstation
  • Special workstations in a safe environment for gluing and painting work
  • Professional disposal of waste and chemicals
To the offer

start prototyping

 

memberships

monthly membership

 

Day passes

170 € / month
1 day pass 40 €
One time use
10 days pass 290 €
Stamp card for daily use
Membership request

check our courses

In our introductory program, we want to give you a solid grounding in the many possibilities within the Maker’s Factory. We want to work together in a hands-on format in four learning areas on the knowledge you need to realise your own project on this site.

3D data generation
3D printing
CNC milling
2D cutting and engraving

If you have never had any experience in these areas, this is the right course for you – but there will be eye-opening content for more experienced users as well. After completing the course, you will be able to operate the equipment you need independently – but don’t worry, we will still be here to answer any questions!

Note: The courses are not a prerequisite for working on your own. If you’re familiar with the kind of equipment you need to use just let us know, and you can get started after a brief introduction to the machine in question.

to the current workshops

learning field 1

3D data generation

Whether it’s 3D scanning or computer aided design, you’ll learn how to transfer that mind-blowing idea from your head to the computer, so you can fine-tune it as you go along and make it reality. This is also where you can learn to how digitize objects. We will guide you through use of the 3D scanner in the Maker’s Factory or show you how to transfer your thoughts into the Fusion 360 CAD program to prepare you to carry out the first production steps.

Modul A

3D scanning

Hand-held and stationary 3D scanning of objects

In this course you will learn to master 3D scanning with structured light. The scanned data is then post-processed and exported for use in CAD software or for 3D printing.

Workshop duration: 2 hours
Minimum age: 18 years
Language: course languages are German or English (depending on demand)
Cost: included in membership or day ticket
Machines: Shining 3D EinScan-SP

Detailed info about this course you can find here.

Modul B

CAD with Fusion 360

Basics of 3D design and export for 3D printing and CNC milling

In this beginner course you will learn how to use the Fusion 360 CAD software and create 2D drawings and 3D models suitable as production data for the Maker’s Factory.

Workshop duration: 2 hours
Minimum age: 18 years
Language: course languages are German or English (depending on demand)
Cost: included in membership or day ticket

Detailed info about this course you can find here.

learning field 2

3d printing

In this learning module, we give you a thorough grounding in the various 3D printing technologies so you can turn your ideas into reality. Whether it’s your first sample from FDM printing or high-quality functional prototypes from the polyjet printer, we cover all the 3D printing technologies available at the Maker’s Factory and give you a glimpse into the wider world of possibilities available in the field of 3D printing.

modul a

FDM-3D-printing

From virtual model to the real thing: learn 3D printing!

In this course you will learn the basics of 3D printing and print a 3D model of your choice on one of the FDM 3D printers in the Maker’s Factory.

Workshop duration: 2 hours
Minimum age: 18 years
Language: course languages are German or English (depending on demand)
Cost: included in membership or day ticket
Machines: Prusa MK3S, Craftbot+ und Ultimaker S3 / S5

Detailed info about this course you can find here.

modul b

SLA-3D-printing

3D printing with a high level of detail and a wide range of materials

The fascinating 3D printing process of stereolithography enables you to create complex structures and high-quality surfaces. In this course you will learn everything you need to know about print preparation as well as post-processing and you will send your first model to the Form2 printer.

Workshop duration: 2 hours
Minimum age: 18 years
Language: course languages are German or English (depending on demand)
Cost: included in membership or day ticket
Machines: Form2

Detailed info about this course you can find here.

modul c

Polyjet-3D-printing

Printing precision parts for prototypes and series production

Using washable support material in combination with a high print resolution, Polyjet 3D printing allows you to create complex parts with very high repeatability. In this course you will print your first model on the Objet30 Prime and learn how to ensure optimal results.

Workshop duration: 2 hours
Minimum age: 18 years
Language: course languages are German or English (depending on demand)
Cost: included in membership or day ticket
Machines: Objet30 Prime

Detailed info about this course you can find here.

modul d

sls-printing workshop

Product designs for additive manufacturing by eos

In this unique combination of e-learning, workshop and expert session, you will gain all the skills in theory and practice that are needed to develop new markets, new business models and new disruptive products with innovative product designs. Gain the skills to, for example, reduce the number of components in an assembly through clever designs, reduce the weight of a component, increase performance or rethink an entire supply chain.

Workshop duration: 2 dates, 4 hours each
Minimum age: 18 years
Language: Course languages are German or English (depending on demand)
Cost: included in membership or day ticket

Image source: EOS GmbH

learning field 3

cnc milling

From wood to aluminum to plastic materials; from semi-CNC entry on the shaper to CNC milling on the portal milling machine, we want to introduce you step by step to this widely used manufacturing technology. In addition to 3D printing, we offer you the possibility to realise your idea from materials other than thermoplastics.

modul a

Handheld CNC Milling

Hand-held CNC milling for flexible usage

With the Shaper you can start milling with relatively little preparation. CNC precision included.

In this course, you will learn how the shaper works and carry out precise CNC milling yourself.

Workshop duration: 2 hours
Minimum age: 18 years
Language: course languages are German or English (depending on demand)
Cost: included in membership or day ticket
Machines: Shaper Origin  

Detailed info about this course you can find here.

modul b.1

CAM with Fusion 360 - beginner course

Contours, Pockets and drilling: Programming 2.5D milling parts

Using Fusion 360’s CAM module, you’ll learn how to program simple milling operations. You will create the basics for contour, pocket and drill toolpaths in this course and develop an understanding of underlying 2D vector data.

Workshop duration: 2 hours
Minimum age: 18 years
Language: course languages are German or English (depending on demand)
Cost: included in membership or day ticket

This course is a prerequisite for participation in module B.2.

modul b.2

CNC milling on the portal milling machine

Contours, Pockets and Drilling: Programming 2.5D milling parts

In this course you will learn the basics of CNC milling and how to handle and operate the machine safely. You will learn how to load the machine paths previously created in module B.1, position the workpiece in the machining area, and start the milling process. After the course, you can take the result home with you.

Workshop duration: 6 hours
Minimum age: 18 years
Language: course languages are German or English (depending on demand)
Cost: included in membership or day ticket
Machines: BZT PFE1000

modul c

CAM with Fusion 360 - advanced course

Advanced CAM: Programming 3D milling paths

With the CAM module of the Fusion360 software you will learn how to program complex milling processes with 3 axes. As an example, we will mill a 3D object made of wood as a reversible part and create a smooth surface by roughing and finishing. 

Workshop duration: 4 hours
Minimum age: 18 years
Language: course languages are German or English (depending on demand)
Cost: included in membership or day ticket

learning field 4

cutting & engraving

From data generation in the vector graphics program, to the cutting plotter, to the laser cutter. In this learning field we focus on the 2D area. We deal with cutting, marking and engraving a wide range of materials.

 

modul a

2D vector graphic with Inkscape

Create designs, vectorise and export drawings.

In this beginner’s course you will learn how to use the Inkscape graphics programme and create vector drawings suitable for production on vinyl and laser cutters.

Workshop duration: 2 hours
Minimum age: 18 years
Language: course languages are German or English (depending on demand)
Cost: included in membership or day ticket

Detailed info about this course you can find here.

modul b

Plotting on vinyl cutter

Cutting motifs for labelling or T-shirt printing

The vinyl cutter reliably tool for cutting foils and flat materials. One experimental application is the use of conductive ink to draw circuits. With the Graphtec Pro software you will prepare your file for plotting and feed it into the machine to create your design on the foil of your choice.

Workshop duration: 2 hours
Minimum age: 18 years
Language: course languages are German or English (depending on demand)
Cost: included in membership or day ticket
Machines: Graphtec CE7000

modul c

Laser Cutting

Cut, mark or engrave diverse materials

With the Laser Cutter you can achieve fast and precise results in cutting flat materials such as wood, plastic or textiles. In this course you will learn about the data you need to create and the settings you should use, and you will cut your first parts with the Epilog Laser Cutter.

Workshop duration: 2 hours
Minimum age: 18 years
Language: course languages are German or English (depending on demand)
Cost: included in membership or day ticket
Machines: Epilog Zing 24

Detailed info about this course you can find here.

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tatjana kasper

Community Manager

contact for questions about memberships & community

tatjana@lifescience-factory.com
+49 160 7014221

Maximilian Bieker

Maker’s Factory Manager

Contact for questions about the Maker's Factory

maximilian@lifescience-factory.com
+49 160 90537211

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