Santa Chiara Fab Lab is a digital fabrication laboratory and a co-design space to carry out research and innovation project. It is part of Santa Chiara Lab Center of the University of Siena promoting education and innovation with a specific focus on sustainable development.

The Fab Lab offers a creative context for developing new ideas with a strong vocation to the development of multidisciplinary projects for the design of human-centred solutions in several domains: education, cultural heritage, health care, inclusion and accessibility. The lab collaborates with cultural and political institutions, districts, trades associations, companies, non-profit organizations and local communities for joint research projects, education activities and technology transfer. The Fab Lab is node of the fab foundation international network that counts more than 1500 fab labs around the world.


  • Laser Cutter, Trotec speedy 400 flex
  • 3D Printers: Ultimaker 2, Ultimaker 3, Formlabs 3
  • Cutting plotter, Roland GS20
  • CNC milling machine, Roland SRM20
  • CNC machine, Shopbot PRSalpha
  • Optical and digital Scanners
  • Ultrahaptics, Haptic interaction in mid-air
  • Sewing machines
  • Welding benches
  • Carpentry


Fab Academy

The World Academy of Digital Manufacturing, a training program launched and directed by Prof. Neil Gershenfeld of Centre for Bits and Atoms, MIT (USA). The course takes place at the same time worldwide with other Fab Labs, through a digital platform. At Santa Chiara Lab, students are supervised by local instructors over 6 months. The course focuses on the acquisition of digital skills such as the basics of 3D printing and 3D modelling, electronics and programming, the use of CNC machines and various manufacturing methods with a wide variety of materials, from plastic to wood, from glass to resin and fabrics. It also includes modules of project management, intellectual property management and digital communication. Training is provided in English in presence and online.

Digital design and fabrication courses

The Fab Lab offers several courses and dissemination activities including:

  • Fab Lab Tours
  • 3D modelling
  • 3D scanning
  • 3D printing
  • Arduino: introductory course
  • Laser cutting
  • Vinyl cutting
  • Workshops “From idea to product”