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Anke Brocker

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Marcel Lahaye

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Jan Thar

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phone: +49 241 80-21072
Room 2213
You need to book a time slot here to use the Fab Lab: http://meetme.so/fablabaachen
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About the Fab Lab

A fab lab is a small-scale workshop with computer-controlled tools that allow to make "almost anything". The fab lab program is part of the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more details see the Fab Charter below.
Rapid Prototyping is the automatic construction of physical objects using additive manufacturing technologies. It is used to manufacture prototypes and even production-quality parts in small numbers.
The fab lab in Aachen has a 3D printer which uses a technology called Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). The prototype is produced by extruding small beads of thermoplastic material to form layers as the material hardens immediately after extrusion.
Personal Fabrication is a term that is used when rapid prototyping is applied in the personal domain. Just like computers moved from data centers to private households and offices, we expect that rapid prototyping technologies will arrive on our desks in the near future.

Deutscher Info-Text: Das FabLab im Profil

The Fab Charter

  • Mission: fab labs are a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access for individuals to tools for digital fabrication.
  • Access: you can use the fab lab to make almost anything (that doesn't hurt anyone); you must learn to do it yourself, and you must share use of the lab with other uses and users
  • Education: training in the fab lab is based on doing projects and learning from peers; you're expected to contribute to documentation and instruction
  • Responsibility: you're responsible for:
    • safety: knowing how to work without hurting people or machines
    • cleaning up: leaving the lab cleaner than you found it
    • operations: assisting with maintaining, repairing, and reporting on tools, supplies, and incidents
  • Secrecy: designs and processes developed in fab labs must remain available for individual use although intellectual property can be protected however you choose
  • Business: commercial activities can be incubated in fab labs but they must not conflict with open access, 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.

draft: August 30, 2007

Grand opening

On December 7th, 2009, at 6pm we will open the doors to the fab lab for the first time. You are invited to have a look at our tools and talk with us about the idea of personal fabrication and rapid prototyping. We are curious about the ideas that you want to materialize in the fab lab.

Pressemitteilung: RWTH eröffnet erstes FabLab Deutschlands

Sie brauchen eine neue Ablage für Ihr Handy? Drucken Sie sich doch einfach eine aus! Was noch unglaublich klingt, soll mit Hilfe der Fabrication Laboratories, kurz Fab Labs, in Zukunft möglich sein.
Am Montag, 7.12.2009, wird um 18.00 Uhr Deutschlands erstes Fab Lab an der RWTH Aachen eröffnet. Im Namen von Prof. Dr. Jan Borchers, Inhaber des RWTH-Lehrstuhls für Informatik 10 (Medieninformatik), dürfen wir Sie herzlich in die Ahornstraße 55, Erdgeschoss, Raum 2014 (jetzt neu: Raum 2214), einladen.
Fab Labs basieren auf einer Initiative des MIT Media Labs und existieren bereits in vielen Ländern. Sie bieten die Möglichkeit, eine Idee für ein neues Produkt oder eine technische Entwicklung direkt in einen Prototypen umzusetzen. Experten gehen davon aus, dass in wenigen Jahren in vielen Privathaushalten beispielsweise auch ein 3D-Drucker stehen wird, auf dem dreidimensionale Objekte direkt aus Kunststoff "gedruckt" werden können.
Das Fab Lab Aachen bietet eine Vielzahl von Werkzeugen wie Lötstationen, Arduino-Microcontrollerboards, eine Platinenfräse, einen 3D-Drucker und einen Lasercutter.

More Information

Some other official FabLabs in Germany:

Read this if you want to know the conditions for the fab lab label.

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