What’s in a FabLab?
The inaugural FabLab emerged alongside an MIT course titled "how to make (almost) anything," a foundational concept ingrained within every subsequent FabLab creation. Essentially, FabLabs harmonize the conventional ethos of a shop class with an array of cutting-edge tools and digital fabrication machinery. These encompass 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, routers, compact mills, vinyl cutters, 3D scanners, an electronics workstation, and standard workshop implements. The machinery within FabLabs generally possesses adaptability, capable of interfacing with an array of materials such as wood, metal, plastics, textiles, electronic PCB boards, and more. In these spaces, students can forge a diverse range of objects, spanning from intricately engraved signs to tailor-made hardware and even prefab housing components. With the extensive array of machinery, tools, and materials available, the creative possibilities within a FabLab are virtually boundless.