What is the FABLAB?
FABLAB is the place where you can use digital technologies to move ideas to products. The lab is designed to support creativity and innovation and to provide access to sophisticated equipment at a reasonable cost. The lab is focused on the use of digital technologies that will drive the future of product development.
FABLAB brings prototyping capability to the community !
FABLAB – the Digital Fabrication Laboratory- is the brainchild of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Dr. Neil Gershenfeld. The Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at MIT does laboratory research on technologies for personal fabrication and the FABLAB represents the practical application of that research.
Using off-the-shelf, industrial grade fabrication and electronic tools and open-source software and programs from the CBA’s researchers, any location in the world could be a high-tech machine shop.
See the laboratory equipmentavailable in the MCC FABLAB. All of the equipment is networked through workstations located in the lab.
- Thanks to the partnership with MIT, MCC FABLAB users can link to a network of global inventors and experts via web videoconferencing.
- MCC is a member of the United States FABLAB Network (USFLN) which represents a rapidly growing network of colleges in the U.S. with FABLAB operations.
Take a Prototype to Product and to Market
The MCC FABLAB is part of a mid-Michigan initiative to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Entrpreneurship Team (e-Team) managed by the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce offers business counseling and development services to help entrepreneurs navigate each step of the commercialization process.