Museum of Science and Industry Chicago Wanger Family Fab Lab

"The Museum houses a state-of-the-art digital fabrication laboratory called the Wanger Family Fab Lab, a small-scale workshop for computer-based innovation, design and fabrication. The Fab Lab allows you to dream up, design and make almost anything you can imagine using cutting-edge software and equipment. MSI’s Wanger Family Fab Lab is one of more than 100 such labs worldwide. They began as a community outreach program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and have spread worldwide to rural India, Africa, Europe and across America. All Fab Labs share software, equipment and core capabilities, so that people and projects can be shared among all sites. Fab Lab users engage in problem-based learning and hands-on fabrication, becoming innovators of new projects and prototypes for limitless use and application. MSI’s Fab Lab offers the Dream It, Design It, Fab It! program for Museum guests. Interested teens in our Science Achievers youth development program learn advanced skills and have developed prototypes of activities that are featured in Museum exhibits. Shortly after the Fab Lab opened in 2007, MSI hosted Fab4, the Fourth International Fab Lab Forum and Symposium on Digital Fabrication. Programming in the Fab Lab serves youth and family audiences in structured workshops and programs. We are unfortunately unable to accomodate personal, corporate or independent projects at this time."

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