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Catalog 2017-18 
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Fab Lab Technology

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Program Description

This course series gives students information and hands-on training in specialized software and equipment used as part of the Fab Lab and “maker” movement.  Students will learn about 3D printers, CNC Routers, and Laser Cutters, and the software that operates this equipment.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion: 

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).  Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate.

Financial Aid and Payment Options:

  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

Prerequisite (classroom):           One day; offered approximately once a month

Course Series (classroom):        Two days (over two weeks); offered at various times each semester

Hands-on (lab):  To use the Fab Lab on a membership basis (separately and in addition to course work), you must complete the Fab Lab Introduction course to learn basic safety and operating procedures.  The introductory class makes you a lab member and gives you access to many of the lab resources.  To use the lab as a member, students must schedule time to use the equipment during open lab sessions, and must pay appropriate fees for use and materials in order to complete projects.

Program Requirements

Not required, but a pre-registration visit to the Fab Lab can be scheduled.  Contact the Fab Lab at fablabbaltimore@gmail.com to schedule a visit.

Minimum age 16 with parental permission.

Recommended - Previous design or CAD experience is helpful, but not necessary

Application Process

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Program Course Sequence


Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)





VOD 525

Fab Lab Introduction





Course Series:


VOA 061

3D Printing from Solidworks


No textbook, but may need to purchase materials



VOB 045

Fab Lab Laser Cutter Applications Introduction


No textbook, but may need to purchase materials



VOB 044

Fab Lab CNC Router Applications Introduction


No textbook, but may need to purchase materials



Course Series Totals:






Course Series & Prerequisite Totals:





Additional Information

Additional Offerings:
Digitally Fabricated Circuit Board – VOA 062; Fab Lab Circuit Boards – VOA 541; Introduction to 3D Scanning – VOD 529; and Fab Lab CNC Plasma Cutter – VOA 064

Additional Expenses:

​Additional costs include fees for lab use and materials needed for individual student projects.  Total additional expenses vary depending on the size, type, and scope of projects.

Skills for Success:

​Students should be innovative, artistic, or have an entrepreneur flair.   

Career Opportunities:

​Knowledge from the Fab Lab courses, along with previously acquired manufacturing knowledge and experience, can make an individual an “additive manufacturing/ prototyping” skilled practitioner.  Courses will help students further their experience as an artist, innovator, drafter, or entrepreneur.

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Program Contact Information

For Program Information:


Jay Bouis                             



Catonsville, BESS 100J

Administrative Assistant:    

Denise Bellamy    



Catonsville, BESS 100


For Equipment-Specific and Laboratory Membership Use Questions:

Fab Lab Manager:                

Hayley Evans       




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