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A Place Where Ideas Are Turned Into Reality
What is a Fab Lab?
Fab Lab is short for “Fabrication Laboratory.” Although many places may be referred to as a fab lab, the CSUB Fab Lab is based on the MIT-designed model, which inspired their popular class “How to Make (Almost) Anything”.
Physically, a Fab Lab is an advanced digital fabrication laboratory that consists of a suite of fabrication and rapid prototyping machines, typically including a large CNC Router (the shopbot), a 3D desktop mill and scanner, a vinyl cutter, a laser cutter, an electronics work bench, a 3D printer and the accompanying computers and software.
Culturally, Fab Lab is a global community of practice unified by the shared desire to share knowledge, collaborate and to “make almost anything.” MIT-inspired Fab Labs across the world have the same core machines and are connected through video conferencing equipment and online sharing tools that connect labs across the world. The open source ethos of Fab Labs fosters and encourages collaboration and innovation across languages, time zones and even majors.
The impact of a Fab Lab, however, goes well beyond the machines it contains. Fab Labs allow people (even non-engineers) to explore the entire engineering design process in an authentic and real world contexts by providing tools that enable people to go from concept to drawing and models to prototype to redesign to final product. Fab Labs provide the opportunity for people with little technological expertise to develop highly complex inventions using technology previously only available to engineers.
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