Fab labs provide widespread access to modern means for invention. They began as an outreach project from MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA), and became into a collaborative and global network.Learn More
The Fab Academy provides instruction and supervises investigation of the mechanisms, applications, and implications of digital fabrication. Fab Academy is where many new fab lab managers, gurus and teachers get their training in digital fabrication.Learn More
The Fab Lab project is the educational outreach program for MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms (link). As such the network is closely linked to MIT’s research into the merging of physical science and computer science and the development of digital materials. The international Fab Lab network also contributes to new research and applications in digital fabrication…Learn More
Education, whether in formal or informal environments, is one of the most promising applications of Fab Labs. As educators worldwide pull for our educational innovations, the Fab Foundation is supporting and facilitating digital fabrication education for learners of all ages…Learn More
From sustainable wireless internet infrastructure to fabbing solar houses to tracking global environmental data to creating opportunities for self-expression, the Fab Lab network is building a growing list of projects that benefit community in many different ways.
Each year the international Fab Lab community gathers somewhere in the world. This year FAB12 will be hosted by the city of Shenzhen, China which has a long history of making and manufacturing.
Funds are put to good use around the world in education and innovation environments. For more information on how to support the many educational and economic outreach projects in the network or to support the establishment of new fab labs, or infrastructure please contact us. Thank you for your interest and your support!
The Fab Lab Network is an open, creative community of fabricators, artists, scientists, engineers, educators, students, amateurs, professionals, ages 5 to 75+, located in more than 75 countries in approximately 1000 Fab Labs. The platform is a curated, interactive directory of these locations.
Fab Foundation News
The Fab Foundation is pleased to announce a number of special activities during the National Week of Making held in the United States from June 17 to 23, 2016.
White House Champions of Change
The White House recognized ten individuals as “Champions of Change” in the Making category. The White House says the selection process identified Americans who exhibited “personal passion and tireless efforts to make advances in technology and platforms, educational opportunities, or spaces that empower even more Americans to become tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs”.
The Fab Foundation is thrilled that three of the ten Champions of Change are associated with Fab Labs:
- Umberto Crenca, co-founder and artistic director of AS220 in Providence, RI
- Renee Fredericks, director of Youth Education and Employment Services at Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) Fab Lab in Anchorage, Alaska
- Sonya Pryor-Jones, Chief Implementation Officer at the Fab Foundation
The White House ceremony recognizing the Champions of Change took place on Friday June 17 at 1 p.m. The event featured remarks by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and Thomas Kalil, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The program was live-streamed on the White House website at www.whitehouse.gov/live/ and is in the archives.
Capitol Hill Maker Faire
The Capitol Hill Maker Faire featured a day of panel discussions. Fab Foundation Director Sherry Lassiter explored The Future of Making with Dale Dougherty, founder of MAKE: Magazine and Kipp Bradford from the MIT Media Lab. In another panel Donald Martin, IU1 Assistant Executive Director and Fab Lab Coordinator in Grindstone, PA joined a group discussing Making and Education: K-12. For details, go to the Capitol Hill Maker Faire Web page.
Sherry Lassiter speaking at the White House
Sherry Lassiter, Director of the Fab Foundation, brought her unique perspective of the Fab Lab Network to the opening keynote at DigiFabCon in April at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. Having been involved with the development of Fab Labs from the beginning, Sherry shared the Fab Lab Network history and described the exciting current and future projects we are undertaking. Here is the link to the complete presentation.