FabLab

fablab1-300pxFabLab @ The Word not only provides a creative space for budding product designers and entrepreneurs to test out ideas and bring them to life, but also allows children, young people and adults with an interest in design the opportunity to access 3D printers, vinyl and laser cutters as part of a programme of workshops.

Trained staff will guide you through the design and production process and help you make objects from keyrings and fridge magnets to jewellery and decorations.


About the FabLab

fablab-300pxThe FabLab Charter

Everyone using the FabLab, regardless of age, ability or what they are making, must work within the Charter.

FabLabs share an evolving inventory of core capabilities to make (almost) anything, allowing people and projects to be shared.

What does the FabLab network provide?

Operational, educational, technical, financial, and logistical assistance beyond what’s available within one Lab.

Who can use a FabLab?

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Fab labs are available as a community resource, offering open access for individuals as well as scheduled access for programs.

What are your responsibilities?

  • Safety: not hurting people or machines
  • Operations: assisting with cleaning, maintaining, and improving the lab
  • Knowledge: contributing to documentation and instruction

Who owns FabLab inventions?

Designs and processes developed in FabLabs can be protected and sold however an inventor chooses, but should remain available for individuals to use and learn from.

How can businesses use a FabLab?

Commercial activities can be prototyped and incubated in a FabLab, but they must not conflict with other uses, they should grow beyond rather than within the lab, and they are expected to benefit the inventors, labs, and networks that contribute to their success.