FabLab is a small-scale version of a production factory. It can be used by individuals to create prototypes from arts and crafts to engineering and architecture models.
FabLab is a small-scale version of a production factory. It can be used by individuals to create prototypes from arts and crafts to engineering and architecture models. Computer based design or drawing software, in most cases open source software, is used to create designs that are then automatically manufactured by an appropriate cutting, milling or forming machine.
The cross-cutting nature of the fabrication technologies lends itself to basic science, engineering and technology (SET) education, needed to stimulate the “can make” attitude amongst the youth, especially those still affected by the digital divide. Access to the FabLab gives any community a head start in basic engineering and design technologies, and an opportunity to experiment and learn from others while being creative and innovative.
The Purpose of a FabLab
FabLab is also be used to enable grassroots inventions by providing a platform where communities can have access to advanced tools that can help people make products to address local needs. The strength of the FabLab initiative is that users get to complete the concept-design fabricate process to make physical products, i.e. a fully ‘hands-on’ experience. The environment created in the FabLab is that of peer-to-peer learning which enables anyone with or without a technical background to learn and have a space to experiment and, as far as possible, making their imagination tangible.