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What is Fab Lab?

What is Fab Lab?

Fab Lab – Digital Fabrication Laboratory, is a place where anyone can make (almost) anything, using digital design, 3D printers, laser cutting and other advanced technological means. In its essence, Fab-Lab is about turning ideas into a reality.

How does Fab Lab work?

A fab lab is typically equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make “almost anything”. This includes technology-enabled products generally perceived as limited to mass production.

How many fab labs are there?

1,500 Fab Labs
The Fab Lab Network is an open, creative community of fabricators, artists, scientists, engineers, educators, students, amateurs, professionals, of all ages located in more than 90 countries in approximately 1,500 Fab Labs.

Are Fab Labs free?

A Fab Lab is about democratizing access to the tools for personal expression and invention. So a Fab Lab must be open to the public for free or in-kind service/barter at least part of the time each week, that’s essential.

Who invented Fab Lab?

Wherever we open a Fab Lab, we’ve found that it attracts exactly the same profile of bright, inventive people,” Fab Lab founder Neil Gershenfeld says.

How do you make a Fab Lab?

  1. Look for Local Resources. The first step is to look for the resources and people that are necessary for developing the lab.
  2. Look for the Right People.
  3. Design Activities, Services and Features.
  4. Design the Business Model.
  5. Prepare the Space.
  6. Choose, Buy and Set Up Machines.
  7. Open the Space.
  8. Further Develop the Space and Machines.

How do you become a Fab Lab?

So a Fab Lab must be open to the public for free or in-kind service/barter at least part of the time each week, that’s essential. Fab Labs have to share a common set of tools and processes. A prototyping facility is not the equivalent of a Fab Lab. A 3D printer is not a Fab Lab.

When were Fablabs created?

The name stands for “fabrication laboratory,” and the idea was first created by Professor Neil Gershenfeld at MIT in 2001. The goal was to make an accessible and affordable make space.

Where was the first Fab Lab?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Fab Lab program was started in the Media Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a collaboration between the Grassroots Invention Group and the Center for Bits and Atoms, broadly exploring how a community can be powered by technology at the grassroots level.

How do you become a Fablab?

What is Fab Lab in Kerala?

The Fab lab (MIT USA Electronics Fabrication lab) provides widespread access to modern means for invention. Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) formerly known as ‘Technopark Technology Business Incubator’, has established a FabLab with the support of Government of Kerala at IIITM-K.

What does the United States Fab Lab network do?

The United States Fab Lab Network, is a connected network of Fab Labs who exchange knowledge, ideas, and resources to collectively empower people of all ages and backgrounds to experiment and invent new products to solve real world problems at local, national, and global levels.

How many fab labs are there in the world?

More than 1,750 Fab Labs all over the globe! To be a Fab Lab means connecting to a global community of learners, educators, technologists, researchers, makers and innovators: a knowledge sharing network that spans 100 countries and 24 time zones.

What do you need to know about FabLab labs?

Fab Labs provide access to the environment, the skills, the materials and the advanced technology to allow anyone anywhere to make (almost) anything. How to start a Fablab? Join the Fablab Network, an international movement in personal fabrication.

Who are the sponsors of the Fab Lab?

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation is a partner of Fab Labs and Fab Academy, providing SolidWorks software through sponsorship of labs in MIT’s global Fab Lab network. Only fab labs registered and listed on the official fab lab list ( will be able to take advantage of this offer.