FabLabs are a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access to tools for digital fabrication.
FabLabs share an evolving inventory of core capabilities to make (almost) anything, allowing people and projects to be sahred.
Operational, educational, technical, financial and logistical assistance beyond what’s available within one lab.
FabLabs are available as a community resource, offering open access for individuals as well as scheduled access for programs.
Safety: not hurting people or machines
Operations: assisting with cleaning, maintaining and improving the lab
Knowledge: contributing to documentation and instruction
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.
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.