The mobile DC Fab Lab is essentially is a trailer full of equipment that can be used to manufacture all sorts of objects from etched wood display pieces to circuit boards and complex machinery and even fashion apparel and jewelry.
Thanks to the efforts of Phyllis Klein, creatives from all over the DC area can now explore their creativity and make any item that comes to mind.
Simone: How did you get involved with the Fab Lab?
Phyllis Klein: I was encouraged by a friend, who was spending a year as a visiting scientist at MIT and was taking the course "How to Make (Almost) Anything", to bring FAB LAB to DC.
S: Where is the permanent DC lab going to be located?
P: The permanent FAB LAB DC will be located on the first floor of 1418 North Capitol Street, NW.
S: Who will have access to the lab? How does a person like me gain access? Do they need to be a DC resident?
P: The plan is to have the lab open to the general public, entrepreneurs & inventors, designers & artists. Fab Lab DC will also offer classes, demonstrations, exhibitions, special collaborative projects, and visiting guests (scientists/makers/artists, etc.). There will be an schedule, with on-line access to sign up, for classtime, workshop time, and project time.
S: Are fashion designers using the FAB LABs to create collections?
P: Yes. Here are links to a few designers who are using Fab Lab to make fashion!