Fab Labs are a global network, enabling invention by providing open access for individuals to manufacturing equipment and digital fabrication facilities. Everyone using Fab Lab, regardless of age, ability or what you are making, must abide by our charter:
You can use the Fab Lab to make almost anything. The Fab Lab’s highly-trained staff are on hand to offer support and guidance but the emphasis is on you to learn how to make things yourself. You must also share use of the Lab with other users.
You are responsible for:
- Safety: knowing how to work without hurting people or damaging machines
- Cleaning up: leaving the Lab cleaner than you found it
- Operations: assisting with maintaining, repairing, and reporting on tools, supplies, and any incidents
Training in the Fab Lab is based on doing projects and learning from peers. Unless you are a commercial user, you are expected to share your ideas and to document your Fab Lab experience by uploading your project to our Project Forum.
Designs and processes developed in the Fab Lab must remain available for individual use, although intellectual property can be protected however you choose.
Commercial activities can be incubated in Fab Labs, however they must not conflict with open access and should grow beyond, rather than within, the Lab. They are expected to benefit the inventors, Labs and networks that contribute to their success.