Fab Lab Network
The Fab Lab Network is an open, creative community of fabricators, artists, scientists, engineers, educators, students, amateurs, professionals, of all ages located in more than 90 countries in approximately 1,500 Fab Labs. From community based labs to advanced research centers, Fab Labs share the goal of democratizing access to the tools for technical invention. This community is simultaneously a manufacturing network, a distributed technical education campus, and a distributed research laboratory working to digitize fabrication, inventing the next generation of manufacturing and personal fabrication.
Below you will find an overview of fab labs, information on the global network, and all of the resources needed to start a lab in your local community!
Fab Lab resources
Dear Fab Lab Managers and Fabbers, Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS has been a great Founding Partner for Fab Foundation, both in starting new Fab Labs, such as Rwanda and Bhutan labs, and facilitating all Fab Labs with its state-of-the-art 3D CAD tools.
SolidWorks xDesign is a cloud-based 3D CAD Application that runs in a browser, is device-agnostic, and can be used anytime, anywhere with no install required. Combined with its innovative design, cloud data management, and collaboration capabilities, SOLIDWORKS xDesign is all set to help fabbers in their creative journeys from art to part. Dassault Systèmes is excited to invite fabbers to the SOLIDWORKS xDesign Lighthouse Program, starting from August 1, 2018. SOLIDWORKS Team will make a formal announcement during the Fab 14 mega event, host hands-on workshops in Toulouse and announce a ‘Make in xDesign’ Challenge with some cool prizes. Of course, to take part in the challenge, you need to be part of the Lighthouse program
How to access SOLIDWORKS xDesign (two ways):
1. You can become part of the Lighthouse Program by way of recommendation from your Fab Lab Manager via the attached form. This completed form must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by each Fab Lab Manager by September 1, 2018. This will enable the SOLIDWORKS team to invite the Fab Lab Manager, and her/ his recommended fabbers (up to 10 per Fab Lab), to the program.
2. If you, as a fabber, are interested in using SOLIDWORKS xDesign, you can write to email@example.com with a CC to your Fab Lab Manager. The team at SOLIDWORKS will evaluate your request and send you an invite after verification with your Fab Lab. It is recommended that you make your Fab Lab Manager aware of your willingness to be part of SOLIDWORKS xDesign Lighthouse Program beforehand.Become part of the Lighthouse Program
SOLIDWORKS Software Licenses
Dear Fab Labs,
Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation is a partner of Fab Labs and Fab Academy, providing SolidWorks software through sponsorship of labs in MIT’s global Fab Lab network. Only fab labs registered and listed on the official fab lab list (https://www.fablabs.io/labs) will be able to take advantage of this offer.
By applying for sponsorship, you agree to support SolidWorks community efforts for Fab Labs around the world by working with us as we develop case studies, social media stories, images, press releases, and user group presentations.
· Fab Labs will receive 1 commercial license of SolidWorks Premium Software
· Fab Academy sites will receive 1 – 10 seat network license of SolidWorks Education Edition software for teaching/training. Please apply for sponsorship. Once you have applied for sponsorship, instructions for downloading software will be sent by email. Please allow two weeks for delivery.APPLY
Discount on new eco-friendly 3D Printing PLA and ABS filament
Fab Lab Hub has secured a discount on new eco-friendly 3D Printing PLA and ABS filament from 3D PrintLife for any Fab Lab in the Network. Fabbers from the network have tested the new filament and given it a performance thumbs-up after testing. Click on the button to go to the 3D PrintLife Fab Lab Hub page for details on the material and ordering instructions:APPLY
Kanbanchi for G Suite Software Licenses
Kanbanchi for G Suite is the only online project management / task management / collaboration software with Kanban Board, Gantt Chart and Time Tracker, built specifically for G Suite. Project boards with lists and cards visualise a workflow of all your tasks and activities. Collaborate with your team in real time and manage your projects visually! Intuitive, simple familiar interface and no learning curve can get people engaged easily.
Participating Fab Labs are eligible to use the core version of the software free, and get a 50% discount on paid plans. Please, apply by writing us a message in free form from an official lab email, registered on fablabs.io.E-mail address
Access to Autodesk Product Design Collection
At Fab12 in Shenzhen, Sherry Lassiter announced that Autodesk is now granting access to its full Autodesk Product Design Collection to 1000+ registered Fab Labs globally. Intuitive, simple familiar interface and no learning curve can get people engaged easily.
Last summer, Autodesk granted access to Autodesk Tinkercad, Autodesk 123D Circuits, and Autodesk Fusion 360 to Fab Labs, and earlier this year Autodesk made its full portfolio of product design software available to Fab Academy attendees. Now Fab Labs registered with the Fab Foundation can receive free access to software by applying for a grant here: www.autodesk.com/fablabs
Participating Fab Labs will receive a grant that includes 10 subscriptions to the Autodesk Product Design Collection for the Fab Lab which can be used on or off-site by its members. The subscription includes the professional-grade 3D design tools needed to succeed in the changing landscape for product makers, hobbyists and manufacturers including Fusion 360, Inventor Professional, AutoCAD, ReCap 360 Pro, 3ds Max, 25 gigabytes of cloud storage and more.
A FAQ with grant details is available upon request on the following application page:Go to application page
Fab Foundation Forum is Launched!
The Fab Foundation Forum is a new initiative for the Fab Lab Network.
Our main goals are to:
Facilitate communication, sharing and collaboration between regional networks, and by extension, between fab labs and fabbers around the world.
Gather and distribute resources and data from the Fab Lab Network that can help those looking to start new labs, or to enhance the operations, sustainability and fundraising capacity of existing labs. --> see Fab Census
Develop a unified strategy for promoting and communicating about the Fab Lab Network that enables individual labs to identify themselves as members of an international network of like-minded organizations with internal resources and governance.--> See Annual Report
Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments for making a stronger network!Contact Us Fab Census Annual Report Based on Census Data
More than 1,750 Fab Labs all over the globe!
To be a Fab Lab means connecting to a global community of learners, educators, technologists, researchers, makers and innovators: a knowledge sharing network that spans 100 countries and 24 time zones. Because all Fab Labs share common tools and processes, the program is building a global network, a distributed laboratory for research and invention.
Adding a Lab to the Map: Fablabs.io
Fablabs.io is the online social network of the international Fab Lab community and is the current official list of Fab Labs that share same principles, tools, and philosophy around the future of technology and its role in society. Click here to be redirected to the platform's guidelines and FAQ on how to add a lab to the map and the community.
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