Equipping a FabLab

The labs cost between $50,000 and $100,000 to set up. Here's what's inside.






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FabLab Inventory

This inventory is available here from the FabFoundation.







Ready-to-go Projects

Just what you need to start work with your ShopBot and begin to learn about the possibilities of CNC.







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The miniFabLab explores affordable desk-top fabbing machines and how to start a FabLab for $10-20k.





Gain from the experience of working and visiting other labs for 10 simple suggestions for who's thinking about to build a FabLab.





How to set up a FabLab in 7 days with 4 people and about $7,000 by Harmen G. Zijp / FabLab Amersfoort.

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USFLN – Board 2016


Vice-Chair Open

Greg Herker – Chair/Treasurer, Gateway Technical College

Jeffery Boerner – Secretary

Timothy Cornelius – Special Legal Advisor (as needed, non-voting officer), NWACC


Sherry Lassiter – The Fab Foundation

Dan Ramirez - NC3

Becky Corbin - NACCE

Tom Crampton - NCATC

Joey Bertrand - ITEEA

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The mission of the USFLN, in the spirit of the MIT Fab Charter, is to support digital and personal fabrication in academics, business, and community outreach:

In academics, the USFLN encourages Fab Labs to engage students and teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

In business, it promotes invention, entrepreneurship, and skills needed for a 21st-century global economy.

In community outreach, it makes resources available to empower underserved and non-traditional populations.

The USFLN is a connected network of Fab Labs who exchange knowledge, ideas, and resources to collectively empower people of all ages and backgrounds to experiment and invent new products to solve real world problems at local, national, and global levels.

Our Vision:The USFLN will be known as a robust community of Fab Labs who have dramatically advanced interest and participation in science and technology careers, collectively created a new generation of entrepreneurs, inventors and artisans; and proactively reunited education and training, art and the artisan, industrial production, and personal expression nation-wide, – all contributing to the resurgence of American innovation.

Read our strategic plan

Core Values

  • Experimentation: We believe experimentation is the key to invention and overall economic sustainability for the U.S.
  • Hands-On Learning: We strongly value and support hands-on learning.
  • Open Access: People of all ages and backgrounds should have open access to space, equipment, and technology among people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Collaboration: We believe collectively, we can do more than any one can accomplish alone.
  • Problem Solving: We believe all people can help solve real world problems.
  • Empowerment: We strive to empower businesses, entrepreneurs, and the general public.
  • Creativity: We believe that all people have creative talent.
  • Achievement: We believe Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education can be fun and attainable for all, not just engineers and scientists.


  • Establish a Robust Clearinghouse of Information to Support Fab Lab Growth & Development
  • Develop Educational Support Materials
  • Strengthen Communication & Interaction Among Fab Labs
  • Cultivate Collaborative Projects
  • Increase Visibility at Local, Regional, & National Levels
  • Research & Document Impact of Fab Labs
  • Grow Resources & Strengthen Network Administration

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