22 March 2008

Fab Lab Visit

On Saturday we were given a tour of the Fab Lab at the South End Technology Center (SETC). The Fab Lab is an educational outreach component for the Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (see about the Fab Lab).

Fab Lab .. is a group of off-the-shelf, industrial-grade fabrication and electronics tools, wrapped in open source software and programs written by researchers at the Center for Bits and Atoms. Currently the labs include a laser cutter that makes 2D and 3D structures, a sign cutter that plots in copper to make antennas and flex circuits, a high-resolution milling machine that makes circuit boards and precision parts, and a suite of electronic components and programming tools for low-cost, high-speed microcontrollers. MIT has additionally written a Computer-Aided Machinery (CAM) program that can read all of the different kinds of ways that people describe things digitally and turn them into tool paths for all of the different ways it's possible to make them. Researchers have written another program for Fab Labs which helps users share their files and experiences as they work, so that users can teach each other rather than relying on a fixed curriculum.

Thanks to Edward Baafi and all of the helpful staff at the Fab Lab.


Laser Cutting

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