We are thrilled to announce that the Fab Lab network has expanded so widely over a decade that there are now 1000 Fab Labs in over 97 countries! Hard to believe that the first Fab Lab was opened in 2001. Here at Fab Lab Connect we are proud to be a part of this exciting moment in the history of the Fab Lab movement and we hope to spread as far as possible all that this community represents for the future of education, manufacturing, and local economies.
Fab Lab Connect was initially set up to help communities from around the world establish Fab Labs, connect with the global Fab Lab network, and innovate through exposure to fundraising and grants. Over the last few years we have branched out and are now proud to offer a range of services: Fab Lab Platform, for all needs relating to the set-up and development of your Fab Lab; School Fab Lab, for educators who want to build on their STEM course load by introducing the wonders of digital fabrication to their students; Fab Lab VR, for anyone excited to experience a Fab Lab remotely and learn more about what digital fabrication can offer.
In this day and age, the rate at which technology advances is remarkable. At Fab Lab Connect we believe that the future of manufacturing and innovation lies in digital fabrication. Today is the only time in history when you can view an open-source schematic (e.g. a prosthetic limb) and actually create it the same day with the machines found in a Fab Lab. It is for this reason that we want to spread the incredible opportunities offered by the Fab Lab movement. Our motto says it all: “Build, Accelerate and Connect Fab Labs Around the World.”
Take a look at our “Fab Lab Locator” map to discover how close you live to a Fab Lab! Please feel free to comment or ask us questions below!