MC2 STEM High School Technology

What is a Fab Lab?


Fab Labs are a network of digital fabrication facilities that share common principles with other makerspaces. For instance, Fab Labs are generally run by a community who share their expertise to create new products. While hackerspaces are more oriented to computing, Fab Labs are mainly about fabrication. A Fab Lab is a technical prototyping platform for innovation, invention, collaboration and learning: a place to play and to create. It is a small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication comprised by off-the-shelf, industrial-grade fabrication and electronics tools, wrapped in open source software

Fab Lab have a centralized organization, nowadays coordinated by the Fab Foundation. This foundation, formed in 2009, aims to facilitate and support the growth of the international Fab Lab network by “giving access to the tools, knowledge and financial means to educate, innovate and invent [...] using digital fabrication”. The Fab Foundation has set the requirements that a space should have to be considered a Fab Lab and hence to be considered part of the network. Fab Labs must have a minimum set of core equipment and tools. This includes:

  • Basic electronic equipment

  • Basic hand tools

  • Laser cutter

  • Vinyl Cutter

  • Tshirt Press

  • CNC precision milling machine

  • CNC router

  • 3D printer

MC2 STEM Students are expected to be EXPERTS in a Fab Lab. Explore the tools and videos to get to know your machines!