What is a Fab Lab?
A Digital Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) is a place where ingenuity and creativity can be put to advanced skills. A fab lab can teach students STEM-related topics and give in-depth insight into problem-solving, design, and creative thinking. The projects done in a fab lab require multiple machines for specific purposes. Using a variety of approaches, the right tool can be used to solve a specific problem. This type of learning creates an atmosphere of inventive ideas, technology-based learning, creativity, encouragement, and fun. The hands-on nature of the lab itself adds to classroom learning. Skills can be practically put to use teaching also about materials science and how technology can achieve objectives.
Fab labs share core capabilities so that people and projects can be shared across them. This currently includes:
- A proper Lab Environment
- 3D printers, desktop and/or professional
- 3D scanners
- Laser engraving/cutting machines
- Vinyl cutters
- Vinyl printer/cutters
- Subtractive prototyping machines
- CNC routers
- Professional design software
These work with components and materials optimized for use in the field and are controlled with custom software for integrated design, manufacturing, and project management.
OUR FAB LAB SOLUTIONS INCLUDE:
- 3D Engineering Design Software
- 3D Scanning Technology
Escan 2.0, Afinia ES360
- Interactive Lab Technology
- Desktop 3D Printers
Afina H-Series, Airwolf 3D, German RepRap, Makerbot
- Professional 3D Production Systems
ProJet x60 Series, ProJet 5500X
- Epilog Laser Engravers
Zing Laser Engraver, Mini Laser Engraver, Helix Laser Engraver, Fusion Laser Engraver
- Subtractive Rapid Prototyping
SRM-20, MDX 540, MDX-40A
- CNC Routers/Engravers
CNC Shark, Shark HD3 Extended, Shark Piranha
- Printers, Cutters, and Printer/Cutters
BN-20, GS-24, VIS VG Series, VIS SG Series, VersaUV LEF-12/20 and LEF-300
Minds-i Foundations and Drones
- Custom Lab Environments
Lista Workbenches & Cabinets, Interior Concepts
Call or Email us to request a copy of our Fab Lab Planning Guide!
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Fusion Laser Engraver
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