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Fab-Lab - Fab Central

Fab Central

FAB CENTRAL

The digital fabrication Network
The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia has joined the Fab Lab community, enhancing the world labs already existing in Norway, India, Ghana, South Africa, Costa Rica and USA.

Fab Labs are the educational outreach components for the Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2001 the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. funded MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, an ambitious interdisciplinary initiative that looks beyond the end of the Digital Revolution to ask how a functional description of a system can be embodied in, and abstracted from, a physical form. CBA's laboratory research on technologies for personal fabrication is complemented by the field "Fab Lab" program that brings prototyping capabilities to under-served communities that have been beyond the reach of conventional technology development and deployment. By making engineering in space (down to microns, through precision machining) and time (down to microseconds, through RISC microcontrollers) accessible, these facilities have been uncovering what can be thought of as instrumentation and fabrication divides, and suggesting that they can be addressed by bringing IT development rather than just IT to the masses.

The engineering capability for design and fabrication at length and time scales described above opens up numerous possibilities for innovative solutions to common problems. Since local communities themselves foster this innovation, it can lead to sustainable solutions. High-end technological solutions have not been addressing problems faced on the local level as yet; therefore, we believe fab labs will provide a thriving incubator for local micro-businesses.

Visit the Fab Central web site: http://fab.cba.mit.edu/