Fablab Nervecentre

Northern Ireland Fablab - local peace and reconciliation plans

5-6 Magazine Street, Derry~Londonderry BT48 6HJ

Fab Lab Incubator Community center City public space Design & Innovation center

Space size 250 m²

Opened in May 2013

Structure type Public Institution

Explored in January 2019


Nerve Centre is Northern Ireland’s leading creative media arts centre. The Nerve Centre is home to one of Ireland’s first FabLabs, which delivers community access to training and education around digital design and fabrication for learners of all ages and abilities.

Main interests

Social initiatives Entrepreneurship Education Social diversity Social Innovation Technology - machines & tools

This workshop is great for:

Makers residency Every single person & organisation! Hobbyist makers Entrepreneurs Schools & universities Non-profit organisations Seniors Public organisations Artists General public

Interview & guided tour

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Our workshop

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Northern Ireland has a long story behind. The importance of developing longer-term capacity for peacebuilding was recognised in investing in projects to increase institutional capacity to engage in peacebuilding. Projects were funded that engaged with the criminal justice system, universities, planning, trade unions and the community sector, with the aim of contributing to peace and reconciliation.

Our Fablabs in Derry~Londonderry and Belfast are hosting and contributing to discussion panels and workshops on the role of Fablabs in post-conflict / divided societies, community engagement, and education.

The Programme PEACE III which is supporting the creation of these fablabs recognised the importance of creating new shared civic spaces, creating new opportunities contact and engagement.

More to see on this LINK

At Fab Lab we have friendly and knowledgeable technical staff on hand to assist you through the process of making your idea come to reality.

Also, the project currently has two Fab Labs, one in Belfast and one in Derry/Londonderry. In each of these cities, two different organisations run one of our Fablab :

  • Ashton Community Trust runs Fab Lab Belfast.
  • The Nerve Centre runs Fab Lab Nerve Centre.

The Nerve Centre is Northern Ireland’s leading creative media arts centre. A successful social economy enterprise, the Nerve Centre employs more than 40 staff at sites in Derry~Londonderry and Belfast.

Both sites host a Fablab accessible for everyone (including users with disabilities) who need access to technology and learn with others.

Whether you’re a business, entrepreneur/inventor, school, part of a community group, or just a hobbyist, FabLab gives you the tools to bring your product ideas to life by educating users with the knowledge to develop new ideas, designs and products, allowing them to gain the technical skills to turn concepts into products.

We work directly with schools, youth and church groups, and also offer a number of programmes that encourage members of the public, irrespective of age, gender or community background to get creative and use the facilities within the Lab.

We help with rapid prototyping and low-cost on-demand manufacturing offer commercial business and micro-enterprises the ability to turn their ideas into working proof of concept models in a local setting.

©/Lorcan Doherty Photography - 10th November 2014FabLab NI Conference ‘Fabricating the Future’Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

Established in 2012 with support from the EU Peace Programme and MIT, as the first Fablabs on the island of Ireland, Fablab NI has pioneered programmes around social impact and community transformation through making and digital technologies.

Making the Future - A major cross-border cultural programme being delivered by a consortium of leading cultural organisations including:

  • Nerve Centre,
  • National Museums NI,
  • Public Record Office NI and Linen Hall Library,

Supported through €1.82m of European Union funding under the PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Making the Future delivers varied engagement programmes, major exhibitions, conferences and one-off events, empowering people to explore the past and create a powerful vision for future change.

Northern Ireland has a long story behind. The importance of developing longer-term capacity for peacebuilding was recognised in investing in projects to increase institutional capacity to engage in peacebuilding. Projects were funded that engaged with the criminal justice system, universities, planning, trade unions and the community sector, with the aim of contributing to peace and reconciliation.

Our Fablabs in Derry~Londonderry and Belfast are hosting and contributing to discussion panels and workshops on the role of Fablabs in post-conflict / divided societies, community engagement, and education.

The Programme PEACE III which is supporting the creation of these fablabs recognised the importance of creating new shared civic spaces, creating new opportunities contact and engagement.

More to see on this LINK

At Fab Lab we have friendly and knowledgeable technical staff on hand to assist you through the process of making your idea come to reality.

Also, the project currently has two Fab Labs, one in Belfast and one in Derry/Londonderry. In each of these cities, two different organisations run one of our Fablab :

  • Ashton Community Trust runs Fab Lab Belfast.
  • The Nerve Centre runs Fab Lab Nerve Centre.

The Nerve Centre is Northern Ireland’s leading creative media arts centre. A successful social economy enterprise, the Nerve Centre employs more than 40 staff at sites in Derry~Londonderry and Belfast.

Both sites host a Fablab accessible for everyone (including users with disabilities) who need access to technology and learn with others.

Whether you’re a business, entrepreneur/inventor, school, part of a community group, or just a hobbyist, FabLab gives you the tools to bring your product ideas to life by educating users with the knowledge to develop new ideas, designs and products, allowing them to gain the technical skills to turn concepts into products.

We work directly with schools, youth and church groups, and also offer a number of programmes that encourage members of the public, irrespective of age, gender or community background to get creative and use the facilities within the Lab.

We help with rapid prototyping and low-cost on-demand manufacturing offer commercial business and micro-enterprises the ability to turn their ideas into working proof of concept models in a local setting.

©/Lorcan Doherty Photography - 10th November 2014FabLab NI Conference ‘Fabricating the Future’Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

Established in 2012 with support from the EU Peace Programme and MIT, as the first Fablabs on the island of Ireland, Fablab NI has pioneered programmes around social impact and community transformation through making and digital technologies.

Making the Future - A major cross-border cultural programme being delivered by a consortium of leading cultural organisations including:

  • Nerve Centre,
  • National Museums NI,
  • Public Record Office NI and Linen Hall Library,

Supported through €1.82m of European Union funding under the PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Making the Future delivers varied engagement programmes, major exhibitions, conferences and one-off events, empowering people to explore the past and create a powerful vision for future change.

Machines & tools available

Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer 3D scanner 3D Sense Sindoh 3DWOX1 Delta Mod 3D printer X-carve CNC Machine Roland Modela MDX 20 Epilog Laser - Legend Mini 18 Epilog Laser - Legend Mini 24 ShopBot PRSAIphaWork Vynil cutter Roland GX-24 Ultimaker 2 3d printer 3D Printer MAKERBOT REPLICATOR 2

Technologies & processes available

3D printing 3D scanning Laser cutting Vinyl cutting CNC milling Electronics Photo & video Robotics Wood working tools

Services offered

Classes & workshops Maker Education Creativity sessions Social Innovation Residency programs Repairing objects Pop-up workshops Talks & conferences Community center Education missions

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Our makers projects

Get inspired by the DIY projects of our team & members

SENDING MAKERS IN RESIDENCY

Residency Maker in Slovenia

Eamon, lab manager of Nervecentre fablab in Northern-Ireland had a chance to be maker in residency in Ljubljana.

ROGLAB OPEN: ACTIVE AGING

The residency project aims to draw the attention of both maker/designers and the public to the needs of the elderly, and to encourage the production of products and services aimed especially at them.


FUTURE ARTIST-MAKER

In between 2015 and 2017, we have send and host Artist-Makers in residency in between Ireland and Spain. Future Artist Maker Labs is an exciting international programme of art-making, exhibition, training, and networking.

Future Artist-Maker Labs harnessed the creative power of 3 leading Labs in Derry~Londonderry, Limerick and Madrid, in an exciting international programme of art-making, exhibition, training, and networking.

The project had 4 elements:

  • International residencies which will conclude with an European Artist-maker exhibition in Madrid in April 2017
  • Artist-maker apprenticeships and accredited training
  • Student Artist-Maker Bootcamp
  • Community Creative engagement programme

More detail about the residency project :

  • Total project grant : 200K€
  • Programme : Creative Europe
  • Sub-programme : Culture
  • Call number : EACEA 32/2014
  • Project date : 1 Jun 2015 - 30 May 2017
  • Number of partners in project : 3
  • Lead organisation : The Nerve Centre
  • Partners : University of Limerick (Ireland); Ultra-lab (Madrid)

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