TEF challenges each of you to invite the Fab Lab Tulsa, Inc. volunteers to present a Fab Lab update as the program for your monthly meeting or other interested groups and consider ways that you might help ensure the Fab Lab Tulsa’s success. Contact Matthew Norris, PE, the engineer leading the initiative, at (918) 346-8591 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on sponsorship.
Fab Lab Tulsa Update (July 2011)
Occupancy of the Hardesty Center for Fab Lab Tulsa at 710 S Lewis in June was a major milestone in the 3 year development of this unique addition to the Tulsa community. The renovated building provides space for an array of computer based design and fabrication workstations. A formal opening was held Fall 2011. Interested individuals from the engineering community are invited to drop by for informal introductory tours. Josh Moseby, the Lab Manager and sole employee of Fab Lab Tulsa, Inc. and volunteer directors and officers of the non-profit corporation are busy with the start-up tasks but welcome the opportunity to show off what is being created in the Kendal Whittier neighborhood. Operating hours and more contact information is on the fablabtulsa.org web site.
Fab Lab is short for Fabrication Laboratory. It is a community workspace providing access to an array of computer-controlled fabrication technology such as a 3D printer, laser cutter/etcher, vinyl cutter, electronics workbench and a Shopbot that can be used to conceptualize, design, develop, and fabricate almost anything. The Fab Lab concept originated at MIT a decade ago and has been deployed to over 40 different locations on 5 different continents. Fab Lab Tulsa will be an open-access community center for innovation, entrepreneurship, and technological education with a mission to facilitate creativity and innovation in art, science, entrepreneurship, and engineering, and to provide opportunities to improve the quality of life. The generosity of our donor foundations and individuals has enabled Fab Lab Tulsa to reach this tangible milestone and the team encourages you to visit the web site and the facility to learn more and become involved.
TEF is committed to support the initiative through communication to all our members. Several Fab Lab Tulsa articles have appeared in the monthly edition of the Tulsa Engineer. The articles are available below by clicking on the link.
Web Site: http://www.fablabtulsa.org/
An article on Fab Lab Tulsa appeared in the February 2011 Tulsa People:
The KWI Fab Lab Team link May 2010 Article
DiamaNorris writes about her experience with the Fab Lab link April 2010 Article
Fab Lab Tulsa hosts Business Summit link March 2010 Article
Fab Lab a Perfect Fit for Small Business link February 2010 Article
Fab Lab Locations, Structures and Floor Plans link January 2010 Article
Fab Lab Coming to Tulsa link December 2009 Article
Fab Lab Brochure link