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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.

The equipment at the Maker’s Factory is focused on additive manufacturing, making one of the most important innovation drivers in the life sciences available for your project. But conventional manufacturing technologies are not neglected – you can find detailed information about the equipment here.

Not familiar with the machines you need to use? No problem! We have developed an introductory program to teach you everything you need to know to realise your project. So whether you’re just starting out or you’re already a pro, we look forward to welcoming you here!

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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 VCarve Pro

Contours, Pockets and drilling: Programming 2.5D milling parts

VCarve Pro software lets you create machine paths for the CNC router. In this course you will learn to create 2D patterns with contour, pocket and drill toolpaths and develop an understanding of the underlying 2D vector data.

Workshop duration: 3 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 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.

current workshops

6
Jul

life science factory @life science tag 2022

July 06, 2022 / 10:00 am — 3:30 pm

Over the past three years, the medical technology industry has shown what it is capable of. The world witnessed how innovative solutions were created in record time with the help of modern medical and digital processes. The topic of medical technology innovations and rapid development will be the focus of the Lower Saxony Life Science Day 2022.

The Life Science Factory will be present at the event as a participant and with an exhibition stand.

7
Jul

life science factory @lift off 2022

July 07, 2022 / 6:00 pm

The LIFT-OFF competition is aimed at people interested in founding a company as well as active founders from all departments. The competition is accompanied by various events and workshops as well as a mentoring program during the entire competition period in the field of entrepreneurship.

The award ceremony of the LIFT-OFF start-up competition will take place on July 07, 2022 at 6:00 pm in the conference and event center Alte Mensa of the university. In parallel, there will be the possibility to watch the award ceremony via livestream.

We are very pleased to support the competition through our sponsored special prize "Life Science".

9
Jul

life science factory @nacht des wissens

July 09, 2022 / 5:00 pm — 9:00 pm

The 5th Nacht des Wissens will take place in Göttingen! More than 400 contributions have been submitted and the program is now being created from them. On this evening, science will be visible and tangible for everyone at more than 25 different locations.

At this 5th Nacht des Wissens you will have the opportunity to experience the Life Science Factory on site and to learn more about our vision and the Europe-wide unique offer.

13
Jul

guided tour of the life science factory (in german)

July 13, 2022 / 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

Life Science start-ups, researchers and people interested in founding a company can register every Wednesday for a guided tour through the Life Science Factory to learn more about the unique offer and the facilities.

Places are limited – register & participate! The tour will be held in German on this date.

In the Life Science Factory, the 3G rule applies to all visitors.

During the entire tour, OP or FFP2 masks are mandatory at all times.

20
Jul

guided tour of the life science factory (in german)

July 20, 2022 / 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

Life Science start-ups, researchers and people interested in founding a company can register every Wednesday for a guided tour through the Life Science Factory to learn more about the unique offer and the facilities.

Places are limited – register & participate! The tour will be held in German on this date.

In the Life Science Factory, the 3G rule applies to all visitors.

During the entire tour, OP or FFP2 masks are mandatory at all times.

discover our facilities

Craftbot Plus

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer with an extruder. The object to be printed is built up layer by layer from a meltable plastic. A variety of thermoplastic filaments with versatile properties can be processed on the desktop machines. 

  • Print volume: 250 x 200 x 200 mm 
  • Layer thickness: 0,1 bis 0,3 mm
  • Filament diameter: 1,75 mm


Prusa MK3S+

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer with an extruder. The object to be printed is built up layer by layer from a meltable plastic. A variety of thermoplastic filaments with versatile properties can be processed on the desktop machines. 

  • Print volume: 250 x 210 x 200 mm 
  • Layer thickness: 0,05 bis 0,35 mm
  • Filament diameter: 1,75 mm


Ultimaker S3

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer with dual extrusion. The object to be printed is built up layer by layer from a meltable plastic. A variety of thermoplastic filaments with versatile properties can be processed on the desktop machines. Furthermore, water-soluble support material can be printed using the second print head, enabling the production of complex geometries and high surface quality. 

  • Construction volume: 230 x 190 x 200 mm 
  • Layer thickness: 0,02 bis 0,2 mm
  • Filament diameter: 2,85 mm 


Ultimaker S5

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer with dual extrusion. The object to be printed is built up layer by layer from a meltable plastic. A variety of thermoplastic filaments with versatile properties can be processed on the desktop machines. Furthermore, water-soluble support material can be printed using the second print head, enabling the production of complex geometries and high surface quality. 

  • Construction volume: 330 x 240 x 300 mm
  • Layer thickness: 0,02 bis 0,2 mm 
  • Filament diameter: 2,85 mm 


Objet30 Prime

Polyjet 3D printer that uses photopolymerization to cure resin. The resin offers a wide range of optical, mechanical as well as thermal properties and the objects produced show excellent detail and smooth surfaces. The Objet30 Prime has two print heads for printing with washable support material. 

  • Construction volume: 294 x 192 x 148,6 mm
  • Layer thickness: 0,016 bis 0,036 mm 


Form2

Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer that cures resin via photopolymerization. The resin offers a wide range of optical, mechanical as well as thermal properties and the objects produced show excellent detail and smooth surfaces. 

  • Construction volume: 145 x 145 x 175 mm 
  • Layer thickness: 0,025 bis 0,16 mm 


Epilog Zing 24

The laser cutter is easy to use and has a high efficiency. It can cut and engrave flat materials such as paper, acrylic, wood and textiles. 

  • 60 Watt CO2 laser 
  • Working area 610 x 305 mm 
  • Passage height 190 mm
  • Engraving resolution 100 to 1000 dpi 


BZT-PFE 1000-PX

CNC portal milling machine with which precise components can be produced, e.g. from aluminum, plastic or wood materials for various applications. 

  • 3-axis portal milling machine 
  • HF spindle 2.2 kW 24000 rpm
  • Working area 720 x 1150 mm, passage height: Z= 250 mm 
  • Vacuum table 600 x 1000 mm 
  • The machine is completely enclosed and equipped with coolant lubrication and suction device. 


Shaper Origin

This hand-guided CNC milling machine can be used to produce precise components, e.g. from aluminum, plastic or wood materials, for various applications. 

  • Hand guided CNC milling machine 
  • Spindle 720 W (AC) 26000r U/min 
  • Flexible working range, Z-axis travel 43 mm 
  • The Shaper Workstation is available for clamping workpieces.


Shining 3D EinScan-SP

Scanning collects data about a physical object, especially its shape and texture. This data can be further processed with the appropriate software. 

  • Strip light scanner 
  • Resolution 1.3 Mpx 
  • Max. Scan volume 200 x 200 x 200 mm
  • The scanner is equipped with a turntable. 


Vacuform DT2

By creating a vacuum, a plastic sheet is drawn over a body and takes on its shape.  

  • Working area 330 x 220 mm 
  • Processes plastic sheets with thickness 0.2 – 3 mm 


GRAPHTEC CE7000-60

The vinyl cutter can be used to cut foils and thin plastic sheets that are not suitable for the laser cutter because of their melting degree.  

  • Cutting area 603 × 5000 mm 
  • Smallest letter size approx. 2-3 mm 
  • Max. Cutting force 450 g


Flott TB 13 Plus

Pillar drilling machine for tapping and drilling of various materials 

  • Work surface 300 x 250 mm 
  • Speed 4 – 4000 rpm 


BTM 250

Disc and belt sander for finishing your projects


MTS 356

Metal circular saw or cold circular saw for coping


Proxxon-Geräte

We offer a wide range of Proxxon small tools. These include a FD 150/E fine lathe, an MBS 240/E band saw, a KGS 80 chop and miter saw, a FET circular table saw and an MP 120 micropress. 


Electronics Workbench

We offer a wide range of Proxxon small tools. These include a FD 150/E fine lathe, an MBS 240/E band saw, a KGS 80 chop and miter saw, a FET circular table saw and an MP 120 micropress. 


Hand Tools

Hand tools and hand machines (Festool) can be used to machine materials, workpieces and semi-finished products. High-quality tool sets and a comprehensive range of small parts offer good conditions for your successful prototyping. 


Your contact

maximilian bieker

Maker’s Factory Manager

 

maximilian@lifescience-factory.com
+49 160 905 372 11

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