About

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.

Take a tour of the Fab Lab.

Who can use a Fab Lab?

We provide tours and courses to the community, organisations and businesses. For further information, please email hello@fablabdevon.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 hello@fablabdevon.org 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?

On the ground floor of Exeter Library next to the Business and Information Hub. It is the first to ever open in a UK public library, with another in Totnes at King Edward VI Community College.

 

When is Exeter FabLab open?

Monday                       Closed

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

Sunday                        Closed

*Open alternate Fridays 23th of June; 7th & 21st of July; 4th and 18th of August etc.

** Alternate Saturdays we open at 1pm on 24th of June; 08th and 22nd of July; 5th and 19th of August 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.