FabLab came into life as an outreach project from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Centre for Bits and Atoms (CBA). Inside the Lab is state of the art computer controlled machinery that includes a 3D printer, a laser cutter, CNC router, full electronics station and a large scale vinyl cutter. Equipment and materials that can be used today to do what will be possible with tomorrow’s personal fabricators.
FabLabs have spread from inner-city Boston to rural India, from South Africa, the Basque Region and to the North of Norway and now number over 600. Activities in FabLabs range from technological empowerment to peer-to-peer project-based technical training to local problem-solving to small-scale high-tech business incubation to grass-roots research. Projects being developed and produced in FabLabs include solar and wind-powered turbines, thin-client computers and wireless data networks, analytical instrumentation for agriculture and healthcare, custom housing, and rapid-prototyping of rapid-prototyping machines
The mixture of equipment and open access enables anyone to use FabLab, novices through to experienced engineers can make something within the space, with skilled technical staff on hand to assist you through the process of making your idea come to reality. For more information please visit www.fabfoundation.org