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Thank you to the Faulhaber Foundation for their passion and philanthropy in helping us all learn something new!

WHAT IS A FAB LAB?
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). CBA assembled millions of dollars in machines for research in digital fabrication, ultimately aiming at developing programmable molecular assemblers that will be able to make almost anything. Equipped with state-of-the-art machines and materials, the Faulhaber Fab Lab can be used to fabricate your own inventions with the support of knowledgeable staff. Fab labs have spread from inner-city Boston to rural India, from South Africa to the North of Norway. Activities in fab labs range from technological empowerment to peer-to-peer project-based technical training, to local problem-solving, to small-scale high-tech business incubation and to grass-roots research. Projects being developed and produced in fab labs include solar and wind-powered turbines, thin-client computers and wireless data networks, analytical instrumentation for agriculture and healthcare, custom housing, and rapid-prototyping of rapid-prototyping machines.

You Ponder and the Fab Lab Answers:
P: Who can use the fab lab?
A: Members of the fab lab can include High School students, teachers and community


FABRICATION LAB
Each fab lab has its own identity... What will the Faulbaber Fab Lab’s identity be?
Are you dwelling on an idea and want to learn how to design, make and finally realize your idea? Fab labs are the only source for individual and group fabrication.
The Fabrication Lab Features:
CNC Milling machine for precision prototyping
CNC Router for wood engraving and craft projects
A turning center and milling machine for manual control
Welding station for DIY projects
Various benchtop tools and hand tools for drilling, sanding, cutting, polishing and much more!
Assortment of drills, endmills, taps, and various cutting tools to help fabricate your idea plus nuts, bolts and selections of fasteners to hold your idea together!
Lockers for storage of your DIY projects or personal belongings while you get your hands dirty!

You Ponder and the Fab Lab Answers:
P: I’m short on ideas...
A: Stop by the fab lab and get inspired!
The machines are easy to learn!

P: I dont know how to use the machines...
A: Training courses are available for members to learn the technology!


DESIGN LAB
Whether or not you have that original idea or one that improves a product, you will find the inspiration you need at the Faulhaber Fab Lab.
The Design Lab Features:
A computer-controlled laser cutter, for press-fit assembly of 3D structures from 2D parts
A vinyl cutter to create incredible graphics for banners, vehicles, informational signs, flexible circuits and much more...

“The Sky’s the Limit!”
Programming tools for low-cost high-speed embedded processors and tech benches for electronics assembly and testing A large assortment of electronic consumables that can be used to create the next technological breakthrough! Computer workstations available for Computer-Aided-Design(CAD), with software including Alibre and many open source programs

You Ponder and the Fab Lab Answers:
P: I don’t know how to use CAD...
A: CAD training to extract your idea from thought to computer is also available for individual or group participants!
P: What do I bring to the Fab Lab?
A: An open mind. Be prepared to think out of the box!
* Bring an attitude to face any challenge
* Bring creativity and ambition
* Bring your friends, family, co-workers, associates, students and teachers!

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