What is Fab Lab?

    Fab lab is a Digital Fabrication facility with set of machines and software for directly converting CAD designs to physical parts. The idea of Fablab was conceptualized in the Centre for Bits and Atoms (CBA) group at MIT. MIT is recommending every Engineering Institution to have a Fab Lab facility as this will be great tool to foster innovation.


More details about fab labs and fab lab foundation can be found at these websites:




Advantages of FAB Lab to College & Students:

  • Complete digital fabrication facility (convert designs into physical prototypes & models)
  • Useful for fabricating prototypes for student, academic & research projects.
  • Useful for all Engineering departments in the college.
  • Can be used for curriculum training of various courses like CAD/CAM lab, mechatronics lab, metrology lab etc.
  • Get recognised by MIT in their website and become part of a global network of recognised fab labs.
  • Offer vocational and manufacturing skill development training programmes to students & professionals.
  • Offer consultancy services on digital fabrication to Industries.

News and Events:

Several CORPORATES and educational institutes are setting up Fablab/ Hardware innovation lab to aid in faster product development, innovation, KAIZEN etc.. See news clippings below. In Colleges:  Fablabs go a long way in helping students to pratice " LEARNING BY DOING ".


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Obama tours MIT-developed trailer containing digital fabrication, design, and manufacturing tools:





 European corporates combines Fablab:



 Facebook's Fablab Area404:







Harvard University Graduate School of Design's Fablab:





 25 Hyderabad Colleges setting up Fablabs:





 21 Fablabs to be setup by Kelara Government in Kerala:



Fab lab setup in Architectual Association, School of Architecture, London, UK :



 The Digital Prototyping Lab is a facility containing various prototyping machines and a teaching/work space, where individual students can use some of the machines and staff is operating other machines to produce architectural models and prototypes on their request. The use of the technologies is also part of several courses and workshops such as mediastudies in the intermediate school, or workshops within the master programs. In addition the lab organizes a numbers of courses, inductions and workshops varying from instruction sessions on how to use the machines or prepare digital files, to intensive open week workshops focusing on a specific design agenda featuring digital fabrication technologies.


Fab lab setup in School of Architecture and Built Environment(SABE), The University of ADELAIDE Australia :










ATAL innovation mission:


 Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) including Self-Employment and Talent Utilization (SETU) is Government of India’s endeavour to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Its objective is to serve as a platform for promotion of world-class Innovation Hubs, Grand Challenges, Start-up businesses and other self-employment activities, particularly in technology driven areas.

AIM intends to establish ‘new’ incubation centres (Atal Incubation Centres) across India by providing them with financial support. AICs would further support and encourage start-ups to become successful enterprises. They would provide necessary and adequate infrastructure along with high quality assistance or services to start-ups in their early stages of growth.

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Reference: TOI - 25.11.2016


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