The Fab Foundation is very complex, with three branches: education, organization/capacity building, and business. I will be talking about the organization side of the Foundation, as that is what I explored today. I highly recommend taking a look at their about page here to get an understanding of the full scope of the services of the Fab Foundation.
- computers and tablets for designing, running freeware designing/3D designing software
- 3D scanners
- 3D printers
- large-scale woodcutters
- laser-cutting and engraving machines
- vinyl cutters
- precision millers
- machines for building various electronic pieces
There are a few more, but that's the basic list. The idea here is that anyone anywhere can design and build something, then send the plans and files to anyone at any other fab lab, and have that other person recreate it. This is pretty incredible in and of itself, and even more impressive when you consider that people are using the facilities here to create things including portable speakers, tables, chairs, puppet theaters (as you can see in the picture) dolls, craft supplies (like rubber stamps) and so much more.
Admittedly, I had a hard time containing my daydreams as I walked around all of these machines just waiting for someone to use them....
Needless to say, I was totally sold by the time I strolled back out, and I plan to continue to do more extensive research into the Fab Foundation. After all, just because there is no Fab Lab in Denver yet doesn't mean there can't be one in the future....