Lab times for May: Wednesdays 3:15-7:15
Lab times for June: Wednesday 6/12 & 6/19 3:15-7:15.
Both of our lasers are now operational! The 60w has had a beam re-allignment and is now cutting better than ever.
NOTE: On May 30th the Fab Lab drive will undergo it's semi-annual clean out. Please back up any files you may have stored there that you do not want to lose!
Call or email to verify our open hours anytime!
What is a Fab Lab?
A Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) is a small scale workshop. It is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make almost anything.
Fab Labs can be found all over the globe, from rural India to inner-city Boston. They allow people of all ages and backgrounds create, invent, experiment, and learn.
The Fab Lab program was started in 2001, in collaboration with the National Science
Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at the
Massachuestts Institute of technology (MIT). They were exploring how information relates to its physical representation (blueprint to prototype), in the electronic age and how local communities can be powered by this new technology.
What's happening now?
- The Fab Lab is running an Adult Ed class called Personal FAB-rication, which introduces students to many Fab Lab processes through project-based learning. It will introduce the student to laser cutting and engraving, vinyl cutting, electronics, CNC machining, and other rapid prototyping processes.
- We also have a similar class available to EHOVE High School students, which is available to students from any program.
- We run a couple different summer camps for children, as well as a Saturday Youth Enrichment program in February.
- Cleveland STEM Schools
- Case Western Think[box]
- Lorain County Community College
- Fab Labs around the world
- Inventables: A great place to find many colors of acrylic as well as some less common materials (such as translucent concrete, color changing glass, and fish leather)
- Chewbarka: A good source of dogtags and other engravable anodized items.
- Laserbits: The best source of all things laserable. Awards, plaques, gift items, etc.
- Lasersketch: Engravable stone items, granite, marble, etc.
- Sciplus: you never know what you will find on this surplus website. From electronic components, to springs and hardware, to military surplus items.