Fab Labs: Fabricating the Future
Lorain County Community College
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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 http://fab.cba.mit.edu/about/faq
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.
Here is an audio recording of this science cafe in mp3 format.