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Public Workshops

Have you ever wanted to experiment with a 3D printer? Want to learn how to use a laser cutter? BNY Mellon Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center is open to the public. Whether you’re looking to design and build a prototype from scratch or just want to try out some new technology, Fab Lab is the place to be!

Fab Lab offers workshops with various themes and topics. Available dates and times are listed below. With questions, call 412.237.3400.

Looking for educator workshops in the Fab Lab? Check out our Teaching Excellence Academy programs.


101 Workshops

These introductory workshops set the foundation to use Fab Lab’s machines. These workshops serve as certifications that count as a pre-requisite for the Fab Lab Open Workshops (FLOW).

Advance registration is required. Because of small class sizes and limited workshop availability, workshops are non-refundable.


3D Printing 101

Learn to design and print on Fab Lab’s 3D printers and explore the technology of 3D printing using a 3D printing pen. This introductory class is required in order to use the 3D printer during Fab Lab Open Workshop (FLOW). Workshop is open to ages 8 and up. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult who also registers for the workshop.

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Basic Circuitry and Soldering 101

Learn to solder a basic LED circuit at Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center. This introductory class is required in order to use the electronics equipment and soldering irons during and Fab Lab Open Workshop (FLOW). Workshop is open to ages 8 and up. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult who also registers for the workshop.

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Laser Cutting 101

Learn to use the 40W laser at Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center to safely cut and etch your own designs! This introductory class is required in order to use the laser cutter during any Fab Lab Open Workshop (FLOW). Workshop is open to ages 8 and up. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult who also registers for the workshop.

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3D Design for the Laser

Using 2D design software and the laser cutter, explore the mathematics behind designing and creating 3d shapes using flat sheets of material. Learn how to create strong joints that will help move your laser cut projects from 2D to 3D! Prerequisite: Laser Cutting 101.

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ShopBot 101

Do computers belong in the woodshop? We know they do! During this two-part course, you will learn how to design for and use the ShopBot; a computer numerically controlled milling machine. This course will give you the foundation to create anything from frames to furniture, all while using a computer! For safety reasons, this workshop is open to ages 14 and up. Participants 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Vinyl Cutting 101

Learn to use the computer controlled vinyl cutter in Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center. This introductory class is required in order to use the vinyl cutter during Fab Lab Open Workshop (FLOW). Workshop is open to ages 8 and up. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult who also registers for the workshop.

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Free FLOW – Fab Lab Open Workshop

Fab Lab is open for makers ages 8 and up to work on projects using our rapid prototyping technologies. Completion of level 101 equipment classes are required for use of certain equipment: 3D printer, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, CNC router, milling machine. FLOW is free, but materials fees are an additional cost. Materials will be available to purchase on the evening of the workshop inside the Fab Lab with a credit card.

Workshop is open to ages 8 and up. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult who also registers for the workshop.

Advance registration is required.

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