Fab Lab Wgtn

Fab Lab logoFab Lab Wgtn is Australasia’s first digital fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) affiliated to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Fab Labs are a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access to tools for digital fabrication and providing a creative space where people can share and grow ideas. They are available as a community resource, offering scheduled access for individuals as well as for programmes. Commercial activities can be prototyped and incubated in a Fab Lab, but 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. Designs and processes developed in Fab Labs can be protected and sold however an inventor chooses, but remain available for individuals to use and learn from.

Fab Labs share core capabilities, so that people and projects can be shared across them. This currently includes:

  • a computer-controlled laser cutter, for press-fit assembly of 3D structures from 2D parts
  • a larger (2400 x 1200mm) numerically-controlled milling machine, for making furniture- (and house-) sized parts
  • a sign cutter, to produce printing masks, flexible circuits, and antennas
  • a precision milling machine to make three-dimensional moulds and surface-mount circuit boards
  • small 3D printers, for fast production of 3-dimensional forms.

For more information about Fab Lab Wgtn contact: Wendy Neale, Manager of Fab Lab Wgtn.