The Fab Lab Charter



What is a fab lab?

Fab labs are a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access to tools for digital fabrication

What’s in a fab lab?

Fab labs share an evolving inventory of core capabilities to make (almost) anything, allowing people and projects to be shared

What does the fab lab network provide?

Operational, educational, technical, financial, and logistical assistance beyond what’s available within one lab

Who can use a fab lab?

Fab labs are available as a community resource, offering open access for individuals as well as scheduled access for programs

What are your responsibilities?

  • safety: not hurting people or machines
  • operations: assisting with cleaning, maintaining, and improving the lab
  • knowledge: contributing to documentation and instruction

Who owns fab lab inventions?

Designs and processes developed in fab labs can be protected and sold however an inventor chooses, but should remain available for individuals to use and learn from

How can businesses use a fab lab?

Commercial activities can be prototyped and incubated in a fab lab, 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.

4 Responses to Charter

  • Henry Further says:

    Hi there,
    We’re a small group in the North West interested in making some kind of space for making things with digital fabricators and other tools. We’ve been researching fablabs and makerspaces.
    The idea is to meet the fablab charter as well as appeal to the maker crowd. Is there anything to stop us branding the space as a “Makerspace/Fablab”? Are there any restrictions if we want to be part of the Fablab network?
    Thanks for all your great work
    Kind regards

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