Fab Lab

A Fab lab refers to digital fabrication laboratory. It is a place for learning and innovation: a place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor, 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 100 countries and 24 time zones. Because all Fab Labs share common tools and processes, the program is building a global network and a distributed laboratory for research and invention.

Fab Labs typically include: Hardware and Software

Hardware

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3D Printer and Scanning

The most popular 3D printing technique is Fused Filament Fusion (FFF) like 3D printer “ultimaker and prusa “
A 3D scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an object like “sense2”

Laser Cutting
2D Cutting and Engraving

That include Laser Cutter, CNC Milling Machines, Wood Router

that makes 2D and 3D structures

Image by Robin Glauser
Electronic Components

A suite of electronic components and programming tools for low cost, high speed microelectronics and on-site rapid circuit prototyping

Blue PCB - Backside of a ATX Motherboard
PCP Machine

3D engraving in softwood, MDF board, native wood, PVC, acrylic, engrave much more material by spiral flute bits.

Cutting machine stickers. Cutting plotte
Vinyl Cutting

vinyl cutters have had a major impact in the decorated apparel, signage and graphics industry. Making professional-looking graphics is a snap.

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Electronic Measurements

That include Function Generator, Power Supply, Oscilloscope and Battery Balance Charger.

Cogs in the Machine
Mechanical Machines

That include Laser Cutter, CNC Milling Machines, Wood Router

that makes 2D and 3D structures

Image by Cesar Carlevarino Aragon
Tools

A suite of electronic components and programming tools for low cost, high speed microelectronics and on-site rapid circuit prototyping

Software

Image by Mark Claus
2D design

Raster picture, SCAN,  Gimp, Photoshop and My Paint

3D Boxes
3D design

AC3D, Art of Illusion, AutoCAD, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Maya, CATIA, FreeCAD, OpenSCAD, Promine, SolidWorks.

Image by Balázs Kétyi
Vector

LibreOffice Draw, Inkscape, Illustrator, Scribus, LibreCAD, QCAD, FreeCAD, OMAX Layout and Corel Draw

Image by ThisisEngineering RAEng
Simulation software

Open Modelica, Open Simulator, Logisim and Proteus.