What is a Fab Lab
Fab Lab is short for fabrication laboratory. Think of as being an innovation center with an emphasis rapid prototyping. Fab Labs are small-scale workspaces offering digital fabrication for those with an entrepreneurial spirit. This at both the personal and professional development level. Fabrication labs are equipped with a host of computer controlled tools that work with different materials, which accelerate the "making" most anything. This includes technology-enabled products generally perceived as limited to mass production. The target market for these facilities are for individuals or small companies to create devices for themselves or prototype products. Offing low cost or even free access to individual has the potential to empower almost anyone a path forward in becoming a product producer at some level. The fab lab movement is often found in Makerspace's such as Tinkersmiths. This DYI approach relies on open source hardware, open source software, along with sharing philosophies.
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Entrepreneurs in search of collaboration space might consider fabrication labs as a viable means product creation. With the broad spectrum of available talent and equipment places like Tinkersmiths are a value resource to the Charlottesville startup community. As municipalities seek ways to enrich economic development for their local residents Makerspace's with fab lab capabilities are already ahead of the curve. We can offer you technical support, professional mentoring, business incubation and product acceleration. From education, freelancer to enterprise, why not explore what a Tinkersmiths Makerspace partnership has to offer today.
Charlottesville FabLab / Product Accelerator / Rapid Prototyping / Research and Development
Access to most of our equipment is always free via the weekly workshops. If you have a serious project which you would like to fabricate and need access to our tools and technology please call Brian Williford @ (434) 242-9092 and to arrange for private sessions. These are offered weekdays, evenings where there are no workshops and Saturdays.