What is a FabLab?


5 years as a FabLab volunteer

What is a FabLab?

A FabLab is a small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication.

It’s an open access, not-for-profit, community resource where anybody can invent and make just about anything using an array of machines.

The Staff are available to help or teach how to use the software and machines to create.

What type of machines are in a FabLab?

An evolving array of flexible computer controlled machines that allow you to invent, make and share:

  • Laser cutters
  • 3D printers
  • CNC Machines
  • Vinyl Cutters
  • Embrodery Machines
  • Heat Presses and Dye Sublimation printers for making t-shirts,

Who can use a FabLab?

FabLabs are open to anybody who wants to learn about digital making to invent, create and design, and turn ideas into reality.
The facilities are often used by makers, designers, local businesses, inventors, artists and entrepreneurs. They welcome school and group visits too.

How do I become a member?

Search for your local FabLab then visit or check out their webpage.

How do I become a volunteer?

Volunteering in the lab is all about learning, teaching and helping others to create and understand.
My local Fablab in Exeter for example asks all its volunteers to be available for 2 half days per month but your local Fablab may have different requirements.
They are always keen to hear from people with Engineering, Art & Design and Teaching backgrounds.