What is a Fab Lab?

A Fab Lab is a technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention, providing stimulus for local entrepreneurship. A Fab Lab is also a platform for learning and innovation: a place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor, and to invent. To be a Fab Lab means connecting to a global community of learners, educators, technologists, researchers, makers and innovators- -a knowledge sharing network that spans 30 countries and 24 time zones. Because all Fab Labs share common tools and processes, the program is building a global network, a distributed laboratory for research and invention. Here in this section you can explore the official list of Fab Labs.

In recent years, trends like “do it yourself”, the rise of the “prosumers” and the collaborative economy have taken root in society, giving rise to movements such as the Fab Labs (fabrication laboratories), which come to be Spaces where you can make use of machines like 3D printers and milling machines to create products freely and share that knowledge with others. Most Fab Labs depend on other institutions, mainly academic, although some have been created from the union of several people, as is the case of Makespace Madrid.

There is only one requirement: regardless of whether they are patented or marketed, all inventions created in a Fab Lab must be available for others to use and learn from.