March Science Cafe: Fab Labs

Event Date: 

(This Science Cafe was originally scheduled for March 5,
but postoned to March 12 due to weather conditions)

Fab Labs: Fabricating the Future
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7 p.m.


With David Richardson of Lorain County Community College

Fab Labs are digital fabrication laboratories which use computers and tools that let (almost) anyone make (almost) anything.

Fab Labs began at the turn of the century as outreach by MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms. Its director, Prof. Neil Gershenfeld, created a community Lab in South Boston and cloned it outside the U.S. in Third World societies. Since then, more than 125 Fab Labs have taken root, about half of them in the United States. A flagship Fab Lab is at Ohio’s Lorain County Community College. It opened in June 2005 and was the first in the U.S. outside MIT.

Like the fabled Bell Labs, Fab Labs encourage creativity, risk-taking, and strategic planning. For more information, see

Prof. David Richardson is the Initiator and Director for Outreach for the United States Fab Lab Network. At this science café he will talk about The ABC’s of Fab and their use in education, business, and (especially) community development.