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The Beginning

Dr. Neil Gershenfeld is the creator of the Fab Lab concept and director of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms. His unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments. To learn more about Dr. Neil Gershenfeld, visit his Biography page. To learn more about how a fab lab can unleash the creativity in your students, watch TED Talks: Neil Gershenfeld on Fab Labs.


What is a Fab Lab?

A fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) is a small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication typically equipped with an array of computer-controlled tools able to make almost anything. Designed to empower individuals to create, Fab Labs are closely aligned with the educational outreach component of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA), an extension of its research into digital fabrication and computation. While providing a place to learn, mentor, invent, and innovate, Fab Labs also share knowledge, tools, and processes on the United States Fab Lab Network (USFLN) of over 1,000 labs in more than 78 countries.