Fab Lab („Fabricazion Laboratory“ or „Faboulous Laboratory“) denotes a movement born at che Center for Bits and Atoms, MIT (USA), promoted by Prof. Neil Gershenfeld who dreamed of a major technological revolution: bringing together a large number of people, not necessarily technology experts, in the creative process of designing and building oartefacts by combining physical (atoms) and digital components (bits). The project has now become reality, with a global network linking hundreds of laboratories around the world (www.fabfoundation.org)
Our „Faboulous Lab“ makes of multidisciplinary innovation one of its strengths: it is an open space for all, Italian and foreing students and faculty members, researchers, craftsmen, (future) entrepeneurs, inventors, policy makers and simple curious.
Santa Chiara Fab Lab offers a creative context for developing new ideas and promoting digital skills and knowledge, with a strong vocation to the development of a multidiplinary culture.
Trotec speedy 400 flex: laser cutter CO2 (120W) source or fiber (60W) source.
Price: 50,00 €/h
Ultimaker 2: 3D printer FDM
Price: 10,00 €/h
Roland GS20: Vynil Plotter
Price: 10,00 €/h
Roland SRM20: Precision CNC machine
Price: 25,00 €/h
Optical Scanner: Structured-light 3D scanner
Price: free if the technical support is not required
Design and production of custom PCB boards for embedded electronics applications. The price may vary accordingly with the complexity of the project
The Fab Lab training includes a wide range of activities aimed at promoting employability and professional retraining , stimulating multidisciplinarity, offering project implementation assistance and technology transfer to small and medium-sized enterprises.
– Fab Lab Tour: for all
– Laser Puzzle! Learning geography through play: for 6 – 10 year old children
– 3D Modelling with SolidWorks
– Interactive music with Pure Data
– Build your 3D printer
– Arduino: introductory course
– Laser and Vynil cutting
– 3D scanning and 3D printing
„From idea to product“
Fab Academy is the World Academy of Digital Manufacturing, a training program launched and directed by Professor Neil Gershenfeld of Center For Bits and Atoms, MIT.
This project, originated in the United States in 1998 with the first course of Prof. Gershenfeld entitled „How to build almost anything“, has exploded in recent years with increasing interest, and Fab Academy has spread to Fab Labs around the world. Santa Chiara Fab Lab delivers Fab Academy. The course takes places at the same time worldwide with other Fab Labs, through a digital platform that connects around 100 laboratories around the world 24 hours a day. Students are supervised by local instructorst over a 6 months period, during which they learn the basics of design, from concept design to product development. The course focuses on the acquisition of digital skills such as the basics of 3D printing and 3D modeling, electronics and programming, the use of CNC machine 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. Fab Academy is open to everyone, without age limits. No entry requirements are required. Training is provided in English.
Santa Chiara Fab Lab is open to all. To join the Fab Lab it is necessary to subscribe a membership at http://wiki.fablabtoscana.it:
The machines can be reserved only by members by sending a request. The reservation will be confirmed by email.