Fab Lab Permian Basin at Odessa College

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In order to provide a more meaningful and engaging experience for our current and future users, the Fab Lab Permian Basin at Odessa College is temporarily off-line, as we make necessary operational upgrades and changes. All currently scheduled public and private workshops are temporarily postponed, but will resume soon. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move forward with the necessary changes to ensure that you have an even more exciting and educational Fab Lab experience!


 

 

The fabrication laboratory, or Fab Lab, is where you can design, create, and customize almost anything!


Due to concerns regarding Covid-19, the Fab Lab is currently operating under the following procedures:
 
  • All Lab visitors must undergo temperature checks.
  • All Lab visitors and staff must wear face coverings.
  • All Lab visitors and staff must maintain social distancing (minimum of 6 feet).
  • All Lab visitors must answer "no" to the following questions:
    • Have you had recent exposure to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19? 
    • Have you recently traveled to an area that currently has very high levels of COVID-19 infections and/or hospitalizations (outside Odessa)?
    • Do you currently or have you recently displayed actual symptoms of COVID-19?
  • The maximum number of people in the Lab may not exceed 10.  
  • Lab staff maintains a list of all Lab visitors, including time of entry and exit.
A few other procedures we recommend but do not require:
  • Washing hands upon entering the Lab.
  • Each visitor cleans equipment and surfaces before and after using.
  • Make use of disposable gloves, which are available in the Lab.​​

Face Shield Production - Sign Up

Nick and Seline need your help to produce face shields in the Fab Lab. These face shields will help protect our healthcare workers in the Permian Basin.

  • Click HERE to Sign Up
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click the link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com.
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact fablab@odessa.edu and I can sign you up manually.

*NORMAL OPERATING HOURS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED* The Fab Lab is housed at Odessa College in Sedate Hall, but we are open to the entire community of West Texas, as well as to visitors from all over the world. Feel free to stop by and explore during our public hours:               

  • Monday: 10am – 5pm
  • Tuesday: 10am – 8pm
  • Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
  • Thursday: 10am – 9pm
  • Friday: 10am – 1pm

The Lab is accessible to people of all backgrounds and experience levels. You do not need to be a tech whiz to make use of Lab equipment. In fact, many of our best makers have no technical background at all.

To request more information, schedule a guided tour, or set an appointment to discuss a project with Fab Lab staff, please contact us at:

Email: fablab@odessa.edu
Phone: 432-335-6189



Classes and Workshops:

We offer classes and workshops to train visitors in the use of Lab equipment.

Our “Make Almost Anything” class is a seven-week course that certifies students in the use of standard Fab Lab equipment, from 3d printers to lasers to the Shop Bot. Once certified, visitors are allowed to use Lab equipment with minimal supervision at any time during our public hours. For more information, or to sign up, Click HERE

Our workshops each focus on a particular machine, software, or project. For more information on upcoming workshops, to sign up for a workshop, or to request a workshop, click HERE (Coming Soon)


Lab Equipment:

  • Laser Engravers 
  • 3d Printers
  • Automated Embroidery Machine
  • Shop Bot
  • Vinyl Cutter
  • Precision Milling Machines
  • Pancake Bot
  • Virtual Reality Platform
  • Computer Lab | Each computer is equipped with design software, including:
    • Corel Draw (2d design)
    • Fusion 360 (3d design)
    • 3d Wox (3d printing)
    • VCarve (2d design for wood carving / engraving)
    • Sketch Up & Tinker CAD (free design software; you can use them on your computer at home)

Mobile Fab Lab:                 

Our Mobile Fab Lab offers most of the equipment available in the stationary Lab, but in a mobile platform! This means the Fab Lab can visit your school, business, or event and offer a fun learning experience for students, employees, and visitors.

To learn more about our Mobile Fab Lab, including how to request a visit, check out our Mobile Fab Lab page HERE


Contact:

To request more information, schedule a guided tour, or set an appointment to discuss a project with Fab Lab staff, please contact us at:

Email: fablab@odessa.edu
Phone: 432-335-6189