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Title: FabCentral
Alternate Title: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Fab Lab
Url: http://fab.cba.mit.edu/
Publisher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Description: Fab Labs are the educational outreach component for the Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Fab Lab is an abbreviation for Fabrication Laboratory. It is a group of off-the-shelf, industrial-grade fabrication and electronics tools, wrapped in open source software and programs written by researchers at the Center for Bits and Atoms. Currently the labs include a laser cutter that makes 2-D and 3-D structures, a sign cutter that plots in copper to make antennas and flex circuits, a high-resolution milling machine that makes circuit boards and precision parts, and a suite of electronic components and programming tools for low-cost, high-speed microcontrollers. MIT has additionally written a Computer-Aided Machinery (CAM) program that can read all of the different kinds of ways that people describe things digitally and turn them into tool paths for all of the different ways it's possible to make them. Researchers have written another program for Fab Labs which helps users share their files and experiences as they work, so that users can teach each other rather than relying on a fixed curriculum.A Fab Lab can give its users around the world the ability to locally conceptualize, design, develop, fabricate and test almost anything---for example a Fab Lab puts communication technologies within reach of almost anyone, anywhere.
LC Classification: Science -- Mathematics -- Instruments and machines -- Calculating machines -- Electronic computers. Computer science -- Computer software -- Special topics, A-Z -- Application software
Social sciences -- Industries. Land use. Labor -- Industries. Land use. Labor -- Special industries and trades -- Mechanical industries -- Solar energy industries
Social sciences -- Industries. Land use. Labor -- Industries. Land use. Labor -- Special industries and trades -- Miscellaneous industries and trades, A-Z -- Lasers
Technology -- Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering -- Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering -- Electronics -- Microelectronics. Integrated circuits -- Integrated circuit layout
Technology -- Engineering (General). Civil engineering -- Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) -- Applied optics. Photonics -- Lasers and laser applications
Technology -- Manufactures -- Production management. Operations management -- Data processing. CAD/CAM systems -- Computer integrated manufacturing systems
Technology -- Mechanical engineering and machinery -- Machine shops and machine shop practice -- Machine tools and machining
Technology -- Mechanical engineering and machinery -- Renewable energy sources -- Solar energy
GEM Subject: Science -- Technology
Mathematics -- Applied mathematics
Vocational Education -- Technology
Vocational Education -- Technical
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Vocational Education -- Process skills
Key Concept: Meteorology -- Solar energy
Computer science -- Input / output devices
Computer science -- Transistors and integrated circuits
Mechanical engineering -- Automation
Mechanical engineering -- Computer-aided design (CAD)
Mechanical engineering -- Machine design
Resource Type: Course Descriptions
Instructional Materials
Laboratory Modules
MovingImage (DCMI Type Vocabulary)
Orientation Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Teaching Guides
Format: html
Audience: Advanced placement Students
College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Professional Formation
Secondary Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
University Postgrad
University Second Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Access Rights: Free access
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Source Type: ATE Center
Source: NetWorks
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