FabLab (Fabrication Laboratory) began in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) a decade ago as a place where students could test the very latest technologies and create practical uses for them in everyday life. From there they have grown into a network of over 400 FabLab’s in every corner of the world – all connected and all bringing technology into the hands of ordinary users.
Initially funded by the EU Peace Programme, the FabLab based in Nerve Centre is a place where anyone can come in and use a range of equipment including 3D Printers, Laser Cutters and Milling Machines to make practically anything.
Whether it is a group of students looking to create a new bike shed for their school, or an inventor needing to 3D Print components to develop a proof of concept, the FabLab is there to provide support and guidance.
Support from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure ensures that the FabLab is heavily used for teacher training in digital skills, mental health, jobskills, NEETS and artistic programmes, but it has also become a magnet for local businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to innovate and add a creative dimension to their businesses.
For more information on FabLab, contact Eamon Durey, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 02871 260 562.