For immediate release
January 6, 2011
Media contact: Jacquie Lucy
443-840-4668 / 410-340-2148 (cell)
CCBC “Fab Lab” helps entrepreneurs and artists
turn ideas into products
Open House slated for 1-6 p.m., January 13 in H-145, CCBC Catonsville
Baltimore County, Md. – Bring your product to life at the Community College of Baltimore County’s new Fabrication Laboratory (FAB LAB). The general public is invited to explore the new CCBC Fab Lab between 1 – 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 in Room 145 of the H Building on the Catonsville campus, 800 S. Rolling Road. No tickets or reservations needed.
Based on an MIT-inspired educational outreach initiative in manufacturing, the CCBC Fab Lab offers entrepreneurs and artists the tools and setting to produce prototypes, a critical step in getting product ideas to the manufacturing stage.
A joint effort of the School of Applied and Information Technology and the TIME Center (a National Science Foundation-funded advanced technology education center), the Fab Lab is an exciting mix of high-tech design workstations and high-end fabrication equipment.
Two huge screens and computer stations dominate the front of the lab. In addition to work spaces with benches, hand tools and raised seating, this fully equipped fabrication shop boasts the latest in production technology: uPrint Plus color 3D printer, Rapid Mill CNC router, laser cutter, vinyl cutter and a huge Shop Bot Computer Numeric Control tool.
Several cameras connect it to an international network of Fab Labs, where CCBC can see and be seen.
“This link to other labs around the world can offer entrepreneurs, artists, designers, etc. valuable time- and cost-saving design and production information," says Doug Kendzierski, CCBC Applied Technology department chairman. "It also can support collaborative staff development opportunities as we see how other labs work.”
For additional information about the CCBC Fab Lab, call Bill Werneke at 443-840-4401.
Related video: Dr. Neil Gershenfeld discusses the concept of the Fab Lab.
Gershenfeld is the author of the popular books "Fab" and "When Things Start To Think," and the technical texts "The Nature of Mathematical Modeling" and "The Physics of Information Technology."
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