Fun Running with Routed Reindeer

The Fab Lab with Peter Heywood designed and CNC machined Santa's reindeer for the Looe Pioneers Christmas Fun Run.

Peter Heywood, a BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts student from Plymouth College of Art, helped the running club Looe Pioneers to bring Santa Claus and his reindeer-driven sleigh into Looe this year, as part of the city’s Santa Fun Run.

The reindeer were initially designed by Peter in Fab Lab Plymouth, using the 3D CAD software, Rhino 5. To test the design, he first used the Fab Lab’s laser cutter to make a 1/10 scale model from mounting board.

When the scale model was successful, Peter used the Fab Lab CNC router to cut the slot models at full size in plywood. These reindeer, when assembled, were connected using metalwork made with the large scale metal equipment in our Craft, Design & Fabrication workshops.

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In addition to the full-sized assembled reindeer, the Fab Lab produced laser cut 60 kits of the miniature reindeer on mountboard, to give out to the first children who completed the Santa Fun Run.

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Photos by Neil Richardson.

Find out more about the resources at Fab Lab Plymouth

Interested in learning a new skill at Fab Lab Plymouth? Check out our selection of Short Courses, starting in January 2018 (URL:


Make:Shift:Do at Fab Lab Plymouth

Tell it like it is! How healthy is Plymouth?

On this workshop, we will show how current health and wellbeing data can be turned into three dimensional objects and used to build educational displays/tools telling some of the stories of health and wellbeing in Plymouth in an engaging and exciting way.

The workshop is aimed at anyone aged 14 or over who is interested in using the tools in our Fab Lab to tell the stories of health and wellbeing in Plymouth. This course may be of particular interest to health professionals, students of ICT or D & T, artists and makers, programmers, or even budding statisticians!

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What: Make:Shift:Do at Fab Lab Plymouth

Where: Fab Lab Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, PL4 8AT

When: Friday 27 October, 10:00am-4:00pm


Tickets are free - book your place here.

Make:Shift:Do is organised by the Crafts Council and is a nationwide programme of craft and innovation workshops taking place on 27 and 28 October 2017.

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Plymouth Art Weekender: Dragon Making Workshop

Bring your fantasy realm to life! Join Fab Lab Plymouth's dragon making workshop where you can 3D print your very own dragon.
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Taking place as part of Plymouth Art Weekender, the UK's biggest art weekender, Fab Lab Plymouth will be running a Dragon Making Workshop. Come along and join the Fab Lab Plymouth team, and learn how to use the latest digital technology to make your ideas come to life. 

Open to all ages and abilities, a range of activities on will be on offer, including 3D printing bespoke dragons and designing and making personalised shields.

So, if you have been inspired by the work of George R R Martin or you just want to find out more about the creative possibilities afforded by Fab Lab Plymouth, come along and see us.

What: Dragon Making Workshop

Where: Fab Lab Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, PL4 8AT

When: Saturday 23 September, 10:00am - 4:00pm