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The FabLab Charter

The FabLab Charter

In order to be labeled as FabLab, a fabrication laboratory has to repect the FabLab Charter, created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

What is a FabLab?

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

What's in a FabLab?

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

What does the FabLab network provide?

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

Who can use a FabLab?

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 FabLab 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

Draft: October 20, 2012