FAQs

Fab Lab Charter:

What is a Fab Lab?

A Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication. A Fab Lab 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".

 

What’s in a Fab Lab?

Fab Labs offer an evolving inventory of core capabilities to make (almost) anything and allows people and projects to be mentored and share creativity. The Fab Lab will have computer controlled routers, milling machines, shop tools, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, 3-D printers, desktop computers with software and more. 

Who can use a Fab Lab?

Fab Labs are available as a community resource, offering open access to individuals as well as scheduled access for programs.

 

Who owns Fab Lab inventions?

Designs and processes developed in the Fab Lab are the protected property of inventor and the Fab Lab asserts not legal or any other interest in the property of the inventor.

 

How can a business use a Fab Lab?

Commercial activities can be prototyped and incubated in a Fab Lab, but they must not conflict with the other educational uses of the facility. Commercial business uses should grow beyond rather than within the Fab Lab and those businesses successful are encouraged to use their experience and resources to benefit other inventors, the fab lab and the network of fab labs that helped contribute to that businesses success.

Source: http://www.fabfoundation.org/index.php/the-fab-charter/index.html