FamiLAB maintains a working space for members in Longwood, FL. This space is a shared environment for discussing, learning, and making, and this space contains our tools, materials, and projects.
Conceptually, FamiLAB maintains a “Think Lab” space for discussion, learning, and working in an office-style environment as well as a “Make Lab” space which contains tools and raw materials for the construction of things. The “Make Lab” is run via the Fab Charter (below) from MIT’s Fab Lab program, part of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms.
While we have access to the majority of the tools in the fab lab tool list, we currently only have a subset of those tools onsite.
As FamiLAB’s membership grows, our space will expand and we will be able to house more of our tools onsite.
FamiLAB is located at 1355 Bennett Drive, Longwood FL 32750, in unit 129.
Mission: fab labs are a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access for individuals to tools for digital fabrication.
Access: you can use the fab lab to make almost anything (that doesn’t hurt anyone); you must learn to do it yourself, and you must share use of the lab with other uses and users
Education: training in the fab lab is based on doing projects and learning from peers; you’re expected to contribute to documentation and instruction
Responsibility: you’re responsible for:
- safety: knowing how to work without hurting people or machines
- cleaning up: leaving the lab cleaner than you found it
- operations: assisting with maintaining, repairing, and reporting on tools, supplies, and incidents
Secrecy: designs and processes developed in fab labs must remain available for individual use although intellectual property can be protected however you choose
Business: commercial activities can be incubated in fab labs but they must not conflict with open access, 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.
For more information about fab labs, and the fab lab network, see the fabwiki