‘Fab Lab’ to open in Derry

John Peto, of the Nerve Centre, who's leading the Fab Lab project in Derry.

John Peto, of the Nerve Centre, who's leading the Fab Lab project in Derry.

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A new project bringing cutting edge digital technologies and global networks into communities across the North is being spearheaded in Derry.

‘Fab Lab’ - which could be as revolutionary as the development of the personal computer in the 1970s - is a concept developed by the Centre for Bits and Atoms at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Derry’s Fab Lab - which will be based at the Nerve Centre on Magazine Street - will effectively allow individuals across a wide spectrum of skills and abilities to design and build almost anything they can imagine - local solutions to local problems.

At a practical level, this means users and beneficiaries can create and build items as diverse as self-powering radios to laptop computers to furniture right through to the fabrication of entire houses.

Fab Lab (Fabrication Laboratories) has delivered the potential of this evolving technology into the hands and communities of people outside of such institutions and “opened a real world of empowered, relevant and meaningful physical creativity to all of us.”

At Fab Lab, Open Source 2D and 3D design software is used in conjunction with equipment including a 3D printer, a laser cutter, a 3D router, a vinyl cutter and a milling machine.

The Fab Lab will be commissioned over the next few months and will be operation by early summer.

For further information, contact John Peto at the Nerve Centre jp@nerve-centre.org.uk