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The University of Wisconsin-Stout Discovery Center FabLab partners with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to provide essential strategic, operational and curricular support for fab labs throughout Wisconsin. This partnership includes support for the WEDC Fabrication Laboratories Grant program.

WEDC Fab Lab Funding Awarded to WI Schools.

Jeff Dykes, Northern Star

 

Jeff Dykes, Northern Star

Jeff has developed a device to help firefighters do their job more safely. He got great advice, industry connections, and prototypes through the fab lab.

Click to hear his story.

If you need help with product development, submit the "Idea Submission Form" here: http://www.uwstout.edu/discoverycenter/Business_development.cfm


  • The Discovery Center FAB LAB is a workshop for creative, high-tech innovators and people who have a need to design, prototype and build things. 
  • UW-Stout was a partner in a NSF funded Fab Lab research project from 2006-2010. This research was the foundation for the current Discovery Center FAB LAB. Partially funded through a UW System Growth Agenda award, the Discovery Center FAB LAB provides open access to students from all UW-Stout programs, further bolstering the Discovery Center's facilitation of collaborative, multi-disciplinary efforts.
  • The FAB LAB provides access to a variety of tools, including computer-aided design and desktop manufacturing technologies, to help bring your ideas to life.

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  • Digital Fabrication Laboratories, or Fab Labs, were introduced in 2002 as a NSF funded educational outreach project from MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms. Combining multi-disciplinary input with open-source software, off-the-shelf and industrial-grade technologies in a communal setting, Fab Labs enable users to define problems and prototype solutions.
  • The open Fab Lab environment removes barriers, such as access to equipment and technology, while serving as an incubator for applied research, innovation, job creation and economic development. 
  • Over the past ten years, MIT and its partners have helped advance the Fab Lab network world wide. Additionally, the fab lab is working with the FabLearn Community, WEDC and others to incorporate makerspaces and fab labs into formal and informal Prek-12 education settings.

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Contact Information

Randy Hulke, Director

hulker@uwstout.edu

 Fab Lab Location: Applied Arts 132

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Upcoming Public Events

Fab Lab Training: Discovery Series

WiFAB Retreat for Educators



Fab Lab Membership Packages

Fab Lab Membership Packages are for individuals who have completed the Introduction to Fab Lab Equipment and are interested in using the Fab Lab during open lab times. 30 day membership: $90 * select your start/end date. Semester membership: $275.


Multiple training options are available. Email croppm@uwstout.edu for more information.

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