Fab Lab Florence

Last Updated: 2/1/2021 6:39 AM

What is a Fab Lab?





A Fab Lab is:

  A fab lab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication.  A fab lab is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make "almost anything." (wikipedia.com)

    Fab Lab Florence consists of 2 Afinia H800 3D printers, a Roland Mini mill, Vinyl Cutter, Epilog Laser Engraver, Plasma Cam and CNC Router.  We use a variety of software packages to aid in the design process  They consist of SolidWorks, Adobe Illustrator, and Aspire.  

    The Engineering Design Process is the key process used at Fab Lab Florence.  The Engineering Design Process is a serious of steps that we use to identify a problem and then determine how we will solve that problem.  It allows for evaluating the problem, coming up with a solutions and then testing that solution to make sure it will work.  If it doesn't work it will allow for redeveloping and then retesting.  This process is a cyclical process and will continue until a cost effect functioning solution is the end product 

Step 1 Ask - What is the challenge? Are there requirements or limitations? What do we know already?  Step 2 Imagine -Brainstorm possible solutions, consider design options  Step 3 Plan - Choose the best design, draw a picture, identify the right materials  Step 4 Create - Build solution based on plan, test it out  Step 5 Improve - Study test results, change the design to make it better, Test it out again

Fab Lab Florence offers a Fab Lab Class to the Students of Florence County School District.  Students are taught the engineering design process and will become proficient in the operations of the machines in the Fab Lab.  This will allow them to have cutting edge skills that are currently in high demand.


Fab Lab Florence is closed to the public this year due to COVID-19!!!



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