FABLAB TOSCANA IS A NODE OF THE FABLAB NETWORK
The network includes hundreds of digital fabrication labs around the world who embrace the same philosophy of sharing.THANKS TO A SET OF TOOLS AND PROCESSES EACH FAB LAB CAN CREATE AND SHARE PROJECTS DEVELOPED IN THE NETWORK
The aim of the FabLab is to provide everyone access to the knowledge, techniques and research necessary to invent new things, using a common set of tools that enable people to share projects and move freely between the laboratories.
In support of the equipment, the FabLab are based on a shared inventory that allows to build projects built in any lab of the network. Similarly, the machines are controlled by free software tailored to the needs of digital fabrication, installed in all labs. Project documentation this way is very easy as everybody has same machines, same materials and uses the same software.
Our next goal is to build the FabLab 2.0, a lab which is able to create a new lab from scratch.
The tools mostly used in Fab Labs and available all over the world, include machines controlled by computers, that can translate a digital design into a physical object.
- A laser cutter, used to assemble 3D objects using 2D parts. - A large CNC mill, used to build furniture and large objects. - A vinyl cutter, which can be used to make stencils, flexible circuits and antennae. - A precision CNC mill, at micron resolution, can be used to make printed circuit boards and molds. - Electronics equipment for programming low-cost micro-controllers.
The Fab Charter
The FabLab in addition to the tools, they all share the same philosophy, while maintaining each its own peculiarities. This philosophy is expressed by the Fab Charter .