What is a Fab Lab?
A Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) is a small scale workshop. A Fab Lab houses a collection of comercially available computer controlled machines and tools that allow the user the ability to create just about anything.
Fab Labs can be found all over the globe, from rural India to inner-city Boston. They allow people of all ages and backgrounds create, invent, experiment, and learn.
The EHOVE Fab Lab offers time for the public to come in and use our equipment. The Fab Lab is a highly creative do-it-yourself atmosphere where users learn the skills to complete their own projects. A lab tech will be present during Public Lab times to assist with machinery/software as available. However, it is highly reccomended that users take training courses to learn the machines and processes (certian processes require certification). EHOVE offers high school courses and Personal Fabrication Adult Ed classes (open to the public) that teach students proper usage of the equipment thru hands-on projects.
Public Open Lab times for September: Wednesdays 3:15-7:15pm.
NOTE: Due to a scheduled school visit, one laser and 9 computer stations will not be available to the public Sept. 17th. Otherwise open lab will run as regularly scheduled. (This was originally scheduled for Sept. 10th, and has been rescheduled for the 17th)
Further dates to be determined. Hours subject to change. Call or email to verify our open hours anytime!
More info on fab labs:
The Fab Lab program was started in 2001, in collaboration with the National Science
Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at the
Massachuestts Institute of technology (MIT). They were exploring how information relates to its physical representation (blueprint to prototype), in the electronic age and how local communities can be powered by this new technology.
Users all over the world have used Fab Labs to create things based on thier individual needs. Such projects vary from GPS enabled sheep collars that help shepherds in Norway keep track of thier flock, to CNC routed wi-fi antennae that are bringing the internet to remote areas that have no other way to access the vast amount of information much of the world takes for granted. Unlike typical products that are mass-produced, Fab Lab products are created for a specific individualized purpose to the creator. This revolution in manufacturing is allowing common people to fabricate, test, and improve products without the need for large-scale, expensive factories.
What's happening now?
- The Fab Lab is running an Adult Ed class called Personal FAB-rication, which introduces students to many Fab Lab processes through project-based learning. It will introduce the student to laser cutting and engraving, vinyl cutting, electronics, CNC machining, and other rapid prototyping processes.
- We also have a similar class available to EHOVE High School students, which is available to students from any program.
- We run a couple different summer camps for children (with projects ranging from electric vehicles to R/C airplanes), as well as a Saturday Youth Enrichment program in February.
- Cleveland STEM Schools
- Case Western Think[box]
- Lorain County Community College
- Fab Labs around the world
- Inventables: A great place to find many colors of acrylic as well as some less common materials (such as translucent concrete, color changing glass, and fish leather)
- Chewbarka: A good source of dogtags and other engravable anodized items.
- Laserbits: The best source of all things laserable. Awards, plaques, gift items, etc.
- Lasersketch: Engravable stone items, granite, marble, etc.
- Sciplus: you never know what you will find on this surplus website. From electronic components, to springs and hardware, to military surplus items.