Fab@School Maker Studio System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Fab@School Maker Studio is a web-based program that requires an Internet connection. It has been tested to run on Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11, 10.12 Microsoft Windows 7, 8, and 10, Chromebooks, iPads, and tablets that support the following browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Safari

Required Software for Fabrication

To get started, download the Fabrication Quick Start Guide.

Fab@School Maker Studio requires two pieces of installed software in order for the Silhouette digital fabricator to function properly:

FabPrintServer

FabPrintServer is the "handshake" between the Fab@School Maker Studio online application and the physical Silhouette digital fabricator. It will run in the background while fabricating from Fab@School Maker Studio. 

Download FabPrintServer PC

Download FabPrintServer Mac

To fabricate, locate FabPrintServer on your computer and double-click the .exe file to launch the app. For Windows users a .dll file, located in the folder alongside the FabPrintServer .exe, is required to run the app and should remain in the folder. 

On Mac, FabPrintServer opens in Terminal. On Windows, FabPrintServer opens in a Command Prompt window.

You will see a text file that logs Fab@School Maker Studio activity once it is connected to the Silhouette. The FabPrintServer app will run in the background to ensure you stay connected to your Silhouette digital fabricator. 

Silhouette Studio

Silhouette Studio is Silhouette's stock software which contains the drivers that allow the computer to tell the Silhouette how to move around its parts. Silhouette Studio must be installed and opened at least once, but it MUST NOT be running while using Fab@School Maker Studio. It is also important that Silhouette Studio is up to date.

Download Silhouette Studio

Suggested Hardware

Fab@School Maker Studio supports a range of technology including hand tools, digital fabricators, and an on-ramp to 3D printers. Besides hand tools like scissors, we recommend you start with one or more digital fabricators produced by Silhouette.

Fab@School Maker Studio works the Silhouette Portrait, Cameo 2 and 3, and Curio.  

The digital fabricator will come with everything you need: a power cable, a USB cable to connect to your computer, and cutting mats. Fab@School Maker Studio’s basic on-ramp to 3D printing lets you export 2D objects to STL format to open in your 3D printer application.

Fab@School will communicate with the Cameo 3, however it must be a wired connection as Bluetooth capabilities aren't functioning yet. The autoblade feature is also in the works, you will have to manually adjust your blade.