Process

To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan… believe… act!

Alfred A. Montapert

Opportunity Assessment

Understanding the client’s needs and also exploring the following questions: “Why have a FabLab?”, “What does it means to have a FabLab?”, and “What do we want from it?”. Answering these questions will help us to develop a solution that best fulfills all needs.

  • Stakeholder identification
  • Identify client
  • Timeline
  • Motivation
  • Metrics for success
  • Budget & Scale

Plan and Budget

Determine the best plan and possibilities based on how much budget is available. Also, helping to find or identify other sources of funds that might be needed to complete the FabLab.  

  • Identify Space
  • Materials Vendors
  • Space Programming
  • Fundraising
  • Space Plan

Stakeholder Engagement

Fully enlist and participate with all stakeholders and community members to receive feedback. Additionally, determine if there might be other affiliates that may have not been initially considered for the project.   

  • Rally the troops
  • Community engagement
  • Feedback
  • Facility Commitments

Plan Implementation

This is where planning and digital conception meets the physical world through the installation of equipment and the construction of the FabLab.   

  • Sign off
  • Vendor Agreements
  • Order equipment and materials
  • Physical Buildout
  • Equipment Install

Program Design

After the FabLab has been built and is fully functional comes the fun part of developing a curriculum or program that best utilizes the components of the FabLab for the staff and members that will be engaging with it.

  • Curriculum Design
  • Teacher Training
  • Staffing Plan

Fablab Launch

The exciting moment of unveiling where members of the community get the opportunity to visit, explore, and learn about the new FabLab facility. This is an ideal time for the community to meet and engage with the organizations and facilitators involved with the FabLab.   

  • Event!
  • Press
  • Local Orgs & /or Govt

Support Plan

The job isn’t over after the grand opening as the facility, machines, and tools all require regular maintenance. Gaining perspective after the facility has been operational for a while also allows us to consider what improvements may be required for the future.

  • Maintenance
  • Re-assessment
  • Enhancement & Expansion