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Opening hours

Mon & Thu from 10.00 - 15.00
Tue from 10.00 - 14.00
Wed & Fri by arrangement

Open evenings:
Every two weeks


FabLab? What is that?

A FabLab(Opens in a new tab)  (from the English fabrication laboratory), sometimes also called a MakerSpace, is an open workshop with the aim of giving private individuals access to modern manufacturing processes for individual items. There are no limits to creativity - whether individualized products or spare parts that are no longer available - anything is possible!


Open evenings:

The FabLab is open to external visitors from 5 to 9 pm.
Come along and put your own ideas into practice.

Go to registration(Opens in a new tab) 


May 22, 2023
June 05, 2023
June 19, 2023

Latest news

At the joint workshop with the SQuArE start-up center(Opens in a new tab)  on the topic of Halloween, the basics of 3D printing were explained and colorful pumpkins were printed. Thanks to the small LED lamp, these now light up at home for some students.
The last Open Evenings were a complete success. We have been able to support many innovative projects so far. Whether engraved memory stones, flocked bags, embroidered cushions or colorful 3D-printed key rings, we are thrilled by your creativity!
The first open evening on June 20 was a lot of fun. Creative projects were realized with the laser cutter, the 3D printer, the 3D pens and the embroidery machine.
Employees from KITZdo (the Dortmund Children and Youth Technology Center), the Dezentrale and the CET (Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer) at TU Dortmund University were also guests.
Together with the Women's Project Lab(Opens in a new tab) , a large group of schoolgirls from the grammar school in Datteln were introduced to technology and the Mint study programs on 14 June 2022. The "station learning" method was used for this, so that in addition to robot programming and CAD design, direct machine application on the laser cutter, the 3D pens and the embroidery machine could also be learned.

At the open day on June 10, 2022, we were able to present the FabLab@FHDO to many interested people and carry out projects with the 3D printer, laser cutter and 3D pens during the workshops. The direct contact between future and current students offered a lively exchange about courses, practical areas of application and also about living in Dortmund.

On 27.05.2022, we presented the FabLab@FHDO at the DortBunt city festival and flocked bags and T-shirts together with visitors and carried out 3D prints.
The first Girl's Day at FabLab@FHDO was a successful and productive day. Four schoolgirls were able to design individual products and learn how to use the machines.
Finally open!
After the opening ceremony on March 30, 2022, the FabLab has been open to all students and employees of Fachhochschule Dortmund since April 1.


6x 3D printer (FDM) Prusa i3 MK3S+
2x 3D printer (FDM) Prusa MINI+
1x 3D printer (SLA) Anycubic Photon Mono X
1x Laser cutter Mr. Beam II dreamcut [S]
1x Sewing machine Brother Innov-is F410
1x Embroidery machine Brother Innov-is 880E
1x vinyl cutter Brother ScanNCut SDX1250
2x 3D pens 3Dsimo MultiPro
1x heat press iXpress Pro
tools Cordless screwdriver, files, Dremel ...
2x PC workstation PrusaSlicer, CanvasWorkspace
2x PC workstation Solidworks, PrusaSlicer, CanvasWorkspace

Service & Offer

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who is the offer for?

  • For Fachhochschule Dortmund students on all working days.
  • The FabLab is open to private individuals on "open evenings"

What will it cost me to use it?

  • Use of the machines is free of charge.
  • Materials such as fabrics, foils or similar can be purchased for a small surcharge or brought along.
  • Filament is provided for a small surcharge.

How do I register?

  • A course(Opens in a new tab)  has been set up in Ilias for students and employees of Fachhochschule Dortmund where you can book timeslots for the machines, view information about the machines and ask questions.

What do I need if I want to 3D print something?

Steps of 3D printing:

  1. Idea
  2. Design (example program: Solidworks, Fusion 360)
  3. Saving as "stl.file"
  4. Slicing (program recommendation: PrusaSlicer)
  5. Start printing with the desired filament

The steps can be prepared from home or in the FabLab@FHDO
can take place. For printing, it is helpful to book a timeslot in Ilias, as the devices are very popular.
are very popular.

If I have a specific request, where can I find a contact person?

  • It is always possible to contact the employees during opening hours.
  • There is also a consultation hour: Wednesdays 9 - 10 a.m.,B314 or via MS-Teams,(Link: https://fh.do/foadian)



If you have any questions, requests or other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Drop by the FabLab@FHDO (B003) during opening hours or take advantage of our consultation hours:

Wednesdays 9 - 10 am
B314 or via MS-Teams
Link: https://fh.do/foadian

For further concerns please write an e-mailfablabfh-dortmundde

Team FabLab@FHDO

  • Matthias Post (FB Mechanical Engineering)
  • Maya Gawel (Department of Design)
  • Joost van Nek (Department of Electrical Engineering)
  • Mithil Palan (Department of Mechanical Engineering)
  • Nick Wieczorek (Department of Mechanical Engineering)
  • Marie Gowert (Department of Design)
  • Dalya Barzingi (Department of Design)

Supervising professor

Notes and references

Photo credits

  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Roland Baege
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Roland Baege
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Roland Baege
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Roland Baege

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