You can make (almost) anything in a fablab!
However big or small your ideas, the possibilities are endless! The idea was conceived by renowned inventor and scientist Professor Neil Gershenfeld at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
His idea was a simple one: to provide the environment, skills, advanced materials and technology to make things cheaply and quickly anywhere in the world, and to make this available on a local basis to entrepreneurs, students, artists, inventors, businesses and in fact, anyone who wants to create something new or bespoke.
So what will you make?
Make a Business?
FabLab Sunderland can help you start or expand your business by offering you a platform for problem-solving and ‘out of the box’ thinking. It can also provide a fantastic place for team-building activities, or if you wish, the option to sponsor a Fab Day for someone else.
So whether it’s research and develop on new product or service ideas, training and learning opportunities for your employees or working with your local community, we know you will enjoy be part of the vibrant FabLab community.
Make a Future?
FabLab Sunderland can encourage a making culture at any age! You don’t have to have any previous experience, just an enthusiasm for learning and an inquisitive nature about how things work.
Users learn by designing and creating objects, and are empowered by the experience of making something themselves. Whether you want to bring in a class for a day of hands-on teaching to support STEM and a broader innovation and creativity agenda, or use it to enhance your own knowledge base for a future dream job or new business proposition, the FabLab is a place to experiment and make stuff happen.
Make Your Fortune?
Have you had a light bulb moment? Do you have an idea you need to develop into a prototype to take to an investor? The FabLab provides access to the best contemporary technologies, the resources of a worldwide FabLab network, as well as, the University of Sunderland’s own design and manufacturing experts.
Rapid prototyping and low cost, on demand manufacturing can help you quickly turn ideas into working proof of concept models. Come in, try, iterate and further develop that idea, to help bring you one step closer to making that fortune!
Make Your Day?
We will offer inductions, open days, workshops, hack days, family days and training days. All you need to bring is an open mind and we will show you that being in a fabrication laboratory is great fun!
Don’t be put off by words like engineering, design, electronics, software or systems as this is a place to experiment and enjoy learning new skills in a friendly and open environment. So whether you are a complete novice or a seasoned engineer, if you are interested in making things, let FabLab make your day. Think of it as your own personal factory in the heart of the city, a place where you can make (almost) anything.
Be Part of the FabLab Movement
You’re all welcome, whether you are an innovator or thinker, it’s your full-time job or you’re a weekend warrior. If you are simply curious to have a go at making something there are many opportunities and ways to get involved for inventors, individuals, businesses, schools & community groups. In a FabLab everyone has the power to turn their ideas and concepts into a reality.
Listen to our BBC Radio Newcastle interview here, it starts at 49.17.
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