What is a Fab Lab?
A small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication. It’s an open access, not-for-profit, community resource where anybody can invent and make just about anything.
What’s in a Fab Lab?
An evolving array of flexible computer controlled machines that allow you to invent, make and share. You could print t-shirts, produce electronic circuit boards, program a computer or CNC machine an electric guitar.
Who can use a Fab Lab?
We provide tours and courses to the community, organisations and businesses. For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org From 2016 you will need to join FabLab Devon as a member to work on projects. Or alternatively you can attend a session to introduce you to digital fabrication.
How do I become a member?
Please see membership
How do I become a volunteer?
Volunteering in the lab is all about learning, teaching and helping others to create and understand. We ask all our volunteers to be available for 2 half days per month and we are always keen to hear from people with Engineering, Art & Design and Teaching backgrounds.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please join our newsletter and in the ‘interested in volunteering’ field briefly tell us your relevant experience/qualifications and availability. Or email us at email@example.com and we can send you an expression of interest form.
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.
Our aim is not to compete with local businesses offering similar services but we would be happy to help with prototyping and primary product development.
Where is the Fab Lab?
Christmas opening hours
The FabLab will be closed from 4pm on Friday the 23rd of December, reopening on Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 at 10am.
When is Exeter FabLab open?
Tuesday 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 4 pm
Thursday 10 am – 6:45 pm
Alternate Fridays* 10 am – 5 pm
Saturdays** 10 am – 4 pm
*Open alternate Fridays 25th of November; 9th & 23rd of December; 6th and 20th of January etc.
** Alternate Saturdays we open at 1pm on 19th of November; 03rd and 17th of December; 14th and 28th of January etc.
Please note that opening times are subject to volunteer availability and sometimes the Fab Lab will be closed to the general public for events, workshops and member inductions.
Who supports the Fab Lab project?
The Fab Lab project is funded by Devon County Council, the ACE Bridge Challenge Fund run by the Real Ideas Organisation and the Digital Makers Fund (run by Nesta and Nominet Trust, in partnership with Autodesk). The University of Exeter and Exeter College also support the Fab Lab.