The Northwest Arkansas Fab Lab (NWA Fab Lab) was founded in August 2016 at its location on the Fayetteville Square of 21 W. Mountain, Suite 123. It is a part of the United States Fab Lab Network (USFLN) and a part of the Fab Foundation created at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a worldwide reach to 450 operating Fab Labs. The NWA Fab Lab is a 501(c) (3) organization.
Our mission is to provide access to the tools and resources to educate, innovate, and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make (almost) anything, and there by creating opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods around the world.
The vision of the NWA Fab Lab is to be a robust community of Fab Labs that dramatically advances the interest and participation in science and technology careers, collectively creates a new generation of entrepreneurs, inventors, and artisans; and proactively reunites education and training – art and the artisans – industrial production – plus personal expression in a nationwide effort that focuses on and contributes to the resurgence of American innovation.
The core values advanced by the NWA Fab Lab are:
- EXPERIMENTATION – We believe that experimentation is the key to invention and the overall economic sustainability for the United States
- HANDS ON LEARNING – We strongly value and support hands-on learning
- OPEN ACCESS – We believe that people of all ages and backgrounds should have open access to space, equipment, and technology
- COLLABORATION – We believe that collectively we can do more than anyone can accomplish alone
- PROBLEM SOLVING – We believe all people can help solve real world problems
- EMPOWERMENT – We strive to empower businesses, entrepreneurs and the general public
- CREATIVITY – We believe that all people have creative talent
- ACHIEVEMENT – We believe that science, technology, engineering, art and math education is and can be fun, should be attainable to all and not just those pursuing specific degrees in many of these fields.