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 40 countries in approximately 200 Fab Labs. The platform is a curated, interactive directory of these locations.
Fab Foundation News
Chevron and Intermediate Unit 1 Launch Community Fab Lab to Encourage and Cultivate STEM Education in Southwestern Pennsylvania
Mobile Fab Lab to Reach Students in Rural Locations
October 28, 2015 – Coal Center, PA – Chevron andIntermediate Unit 1 (IU1) in coordination with The Fab Foundation announced today the launch of a fabrication lab (Fab Lab) that will serve Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. The IU1 Community Fab Lab will offer a permanent Fab Lab in Coal Center, as well as a mobile Fab Lab, which will give rural community school districts access to mobile technology and equipment that can be set up at their schools. This digital fabrication workshop is made possible by a portion of Chevron’s $10 million commitment to the Fab Foundation, announced in 2014 at the White House Maker Faire, to build Fab Labs in areas where it operates in the U.S.
Washington, D.C. – The Fab Foundation today announced the expansion of a fabrication lab (Fab Lab) in Washington, D.C. made possible by a grant from Chevron that will further spur the creative economy and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Fab Lab DC will include updated features and an improved STEM education program which will provide invaluable opportunities for K-12 students and members of the community to design and invent almost anything they can imagine.