“Providing access to the tools, knowledge and financial means to educate, innovate and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make (almost) anything, and thereby creating opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods around the world.” –Fab Foundation
Background of Fab Lab
Fab Lab began in “The Center for Bits and Atoms” at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), by Professor Neil Gershenfeld, and is now a global network of local labs, currently with 711 labs worldwide, spreading from America right the way across the world to Australia. Fab Labs enable invention by providing widespread access to tools and modern means for digital fabrication and invention.
What Actually is it?
Professor Neil Gershenfeld idea for Fab Labs was a simple one: ‘to provide the environment, skills, advanced materials and technology to make things cheaply and quickly anywhere in the world, and to make this available on a local basis to entrepreneurs, students, artists, small businesses and in fact, anyone who wants to create something new or bespoke.’
A Fab Lab, Fabrication Laboratory, is a platform for learning and innovation, it is a place where creators and makers of all ages and abilities can come together to play, create, mentor, invent and share ideas to make (almost) anything.
All Fab Labs share common tools and processes resulting in building a global network of skills and knowledge sharing that connect a global community of learners, educators, technologists, researchers, makers and innovators, enabling entrepreneurs and inspired individuals to turn their ideas into new products and prototypes using a range of advanced digital manufacturing technologies.
Here at Fab Lab Coventry, we are a community resource, offering both open access for individuals as well as scheduled access for workshops and programs.
To see all the Fab Lab locations: http://fabfoundation.org/fab-labs/
Fab Lab Equipment
FabLabs encourage sharing information and ideas in an open-ended, open-source and sustainable way.
Flexible manufacturing equipment in our FabLab includes:
- Computer aided design (CAD) modelling
- Laser cutter
- Vinyl Cutter
- 3-axis CNC milling machines
- 3D printers and scanners
- Printed circuit board milling
- Microprocessor and digital electronics design, assembly, and test stations
Our FabLab also includes equipment and materials for moulding and casting of materials such as plaster and resin.