What is a FabLab?
A Fab Lab (FABrication LABoratory) is a smallscale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication. A fab lab is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make “almost anything”. A FabLab aims to provide the environment, skills, advanced materials and technology to make things cheaply and quickly anywhere in the world and to make this available on a local basis to entrepreneurs, students, artists, small businesses and in fact, anyone who wants to create something new or bespoke.
Who are we?
We are more than a production based workshop. We are a creative space with a clear practical side; we are a collection of machines that we cherish and are set on growing and diversifying; we are a group of people who love what we do. We strive for a community with which to share and grow.
FabLab is a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access for individuals to tools for digital fabrication.
You can use the FabLab to make almost anything (that doesn’t hurt anyone); you must learn to do it yourself, and you must share use of the lab with others.
Training in the FabLab is based on doing projects and learning from your peers; you’re expected to contribute to documentation and instruction.
You are responsible for:
- Safety: Knowing how to work without hurting people or machines.
- Cleaning up: Leaving the lab cleaner than you found it.
- Operations: Assisting with maintaining, repairing, and reporting on tools, supplies, and incidents.
Designs and processes developed in a FabLab must remain available for individual use although intellectual property can be protected however you choose.
Commercial activities can be incubated in the FabLab but they must not conflict with open access, they should grow beyond rather than within the lab, and they are expected to benefit the inventors, labs, and networks that contribute to their success.
While FabLab have yet to compete with mass production and its associated economies of scale in fabricating widely distributed products, they have already shown the potential to empower individuals to create smart devices for themselves. These devices can be tailored to local or personal needs in ways that are not practical or economical using mass production.
FabLab is looking for volunteers:
Worldwide Fab Labs rely on volunteers to help develop projects and help run workshops.
We are looking for skilled people to come and work with us in Bucharest. If you have skills in digital fabrication, engineering, product design, CAD, programing, electronics, control or information technology and you are prepared to give us 3 or 4 days a month then please get in touch. In exchange we will give you some excellent training in 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC routing etc.
You will need to be dedicated and committed as for us to train you will be a commitment from us and we want a little bit more back!
We particularly need help to help the open days people so if you have teaching skills and can give up some time sunday now and then and would like to help then get in touch.
If you are interested drop in and see us or email contact@FabLab.ro . If you have one, then attach a CV please.