The aim of the Fab Lab is make the design tools available to all. Therefore we use freeware where possible.

Here is a list of the current design tools and software we use. If you are not familiar with drawing packages, it is worth downloading a few at home and doing the online tutorials and you can be designing away in no time.

  • Gimp
  • Blender
  • Open office
  • Inkscape
  • Google Sketch Up
  • Adobe
  • Qcad
  • Eagle
  • MIT Software


Summary of software and file types for our equipment


Ubuntu Software

Windows Software

File Types

Epilog Laser Cutter

Cad/Camm (MIT software)

Inkscape(2D), Gimp(2D), Open office(2D)


Roland Vinyl Cutter

Cad/Camm  (MIT software)

Cutstudio (2D), Inkscape(2D), Gimp(2D)


Modela Desktop Miller and 3D Scanner

Cad/Camm  (MIT software)

Sketchup(3D), Blender(3D), Eagle(Circuit boards)


Dimension 3D Printer


Sketchup(3D), Blender(3D)


Shopbot CNC Router


Part works(2D&3D), Sketchup(3D), Blender(3D)

.dxf(2D) .stl(3D)

Janome MC 200E Embroidery machine


Basic programme on sewing machine


Sewing Machine





Please note if you have files made using other software, where possible you might want to bring your software in case you need to tweak things during your visit to Fab Lab Manchester.

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