Fab Lab

More information about EHOVE's Fab Lab

What is a Fab Lab?

A Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) is a small scale workshop. A Fab Lab houses a collection of commercially available computer controlled machines and tools that allow the user the ability to create just about 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 to create, invent, experiment, and learn.

Public Availability

The EHOVE Fab Lab offers time for the public to come in and use our equipment. The Fab Lab is a highly creative do-it-yourself atmosphere where users learn the skills to complete their own projects. A lab tech will be present during Public Lab times to assist with machinery/software as available. However, it is highly reccomended that users take training courses to learn the machines and processes (certian processes require certification). EHOVE offers high school courses and Personal Fabrication Adult Ed classes (open to the public) that teach students proper usage of the equipment thru hands-on projects.

Upcoming Open Lab Availability

Due to our reduced schedule, we expect the open labs will be busier than usual.  Further dates to be determined.  Hours subject to change.  If EHOVE is closed (inclement weather, holidays, etc.), the Fab Lab is closed.  Call or email to verify our open hours anytime.  419-499-4663 x255

More Info on Fab Labs

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.

Users all over the world have used Fab Labs to create things based on thier individual needs. Such projects vary from GPS enabled sheep collars that help shepherds in Norway keep track of thier flock, to CNC routed wi-fi antennae that are bringing the internet to remote areas that have no other way to access the vast amount of information much of the world takes for granted. Unlike typical products that are mass-produced, Fab Lab products are created for a specific individualized purpose to the creator. This revolution in manufacturing is allowing common people to fabricate, test, and improve products without the need for large-scale, expensive factories.

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