FabLab Plymouth is a digital 'fabrication laboratory' based in the heart of our Plymouth city centre campus – for use by students across all areas and levels of the college.
Our FabLab, part of the international FabLab network which includes over 250 Labs across more than 30 countries, is filled with the latest in digital design technology; from our 3D printer, 3D scanner, and laser cutter to the CNC milling machine, CNC router, and vinyl cutter.
The FabLab concept was first developed by Professor Neil Gershenfeld at MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms. The principle centres around providing the general public, entrepreneurs, and inventors with open access to high end digital equipment in order to find and share solutions to everyday issues, projects and products.
FabLabs are seen as a place to learn, experiment and create and FabLab Plymouth is no exception. The facility provides our students with access to the very latest in digital technology and affords them an opportunity to innovate.
Our FabLab is unique in that it is situated next to our craft and design workshop complex which creates the perfect setting for traditional crafts and new technologies to merge with exciting consequences.
The resources withing our FabLab are utilised by students across our range of study programmes – including our Undergraduate and Postgraduate students, our Pre-Degree (A-levels, Extended Diplomas, Foundation Diploma), and even our Young Arts Club students. Additionally FabLab Plymouth is opened up to local businesses and members of the public each week during certain times.