FabLab has an exciting new website with loads of information about what we do and how to get involved!
The Ashton Community Trust is delighted to announce that is has Northern Ireland's first operational Fab Lab. A Fab Lab (Digital Fabrication Laboratory) is halfway between a laboratory and a workshop it's a place where you can make (almost) anything, where both small children and inventors can turn an idea into reality.
Fab Lab came into life as a project from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the staff from the institute, including Prof Neil Gershenfeld have been integral in establishing the lab. Inside is state of the art computer controlled machinery that includes a 3D printer, a laser cutter, CNC router, full electronics station and a large scale vinyl cutter.
This equipment enables anyone to use Fab Lab, novices through to experienced engineers can make something within the space, and technical staff are on hand to assist you through the process of making your idea come to reality. All you need is your design and we can being to make it. Even if you are stuck for an idea, you can find a wealth of suggestions, ideas and projects of online, many through the Fab Lab network, many of these even have instructions on how to build them!
We can make products out of wood, acrylic, composite moulds, silicon, cardboard, sheet aluminium, plastics, copper foil and vinyl. There are waxing, chemical moulding, milling and routing, laser cutting, electronics, textiles, vinyl cutting and 3D scanning and printing facilities.
Fab Lab Belfast will be working with different groups over the coming years, these include young people, students, community and voluntary organisations, arts groups and individuals. There will be a structured programme for groups to engage with Fab Lab, where projects will be designed around the group needs and abilities.
There will also be opportunities to support innovation within the local community and local business' and entrepreneurs, this way Fab Lab can prototype new ideas and for people who want to create new products.
For full information about FabLab Belfast including getting in touch with FabLab and the digital fabrication revolution that is storming the world visit:
Technical & Operations Manager
028 90 755 412