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  • What is a fab lab?Fab labs are a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access to tools for digital fabrication
  • What's in a fab lab?Fab labs share an evolving inventory of core capabilities to make (almost) anything, allowing people and projects to be shared
  • What does the fab lab network provide?Operational, educational, technical, financial, and logistical assistance beyond what's available within one lab
  • Who can use a fab lab?Fab labs are available as a community resource, offering open access for individuals as well as scheduled access for programs
  • What are your responsibilities?safety: not hurting people or machinesoperations: assisting with cleaning, maintaining, and improving the labknowledge: contributing to documentation and instruction
  • Who owns fab lab inventions?Designs and processes developed in fab labs can be protected and sold however an inventor chooses, but should remain available for individuals to use and learn from
  • How can businesses use a fab lab?Commercial activities can be prototyped and incubated in a fab lab, but they must not conflict with other uses, they should grow beyond rather than within the lab, and they are expected to benefit the inventors, labs, and networks that contribute to their success
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    • 1. Community Photo © 2010t
    • 2. Capabilities Photo © 2009 Miska Knapek cc-by-nc 2.0
    • 3. Network Photo © 2009 IAAC
    • 4. Access Photo © 2009 Peter Troxler cc-by 3.0
    • 5. Responsibility Photo © 2010 Peter Troxler cc-by 3.0
    • 6. Sharing for Learning Photo © 2010 Peter Troxler cc-by 3.0
    • 7. Business Photo © 2012 John Abella cc-by 2.0
    • 8. http://fab.cba.mit.edu/about/charter
    • 9. © 2012 Unto This Lasr
    • 10. © 2012 Oliver Walkhoff
    • 11. © 2008 MAMJODH, cc-by © 2011 adafruit, cc-by-nc-sa
    • 12. © 2012 John Abella, cc-by
    • 13. © 2009 Fluid Forms, cc-by
    • 14. 2007 Jared Tarbell, cc-by
    • 15. © 2008 the waving cat, cc-by-nc-sa
    • 16. © 2010 Jen Collins, cc-by-nc-nd

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