Frequently Asked Questions - General

The Fab@Home is a machine that prints static and dynamic three-dimensional objects. it can print – for example – a miniature model of a space shuttle that you can hold in your hand, not a three-dimensional picture of it on a piece of paper. The purpose of the Fab@Home is to make real objects; the Fab@Home has printed a working flashlight.

Fab@Home is the printer’s official name. That said, Fab@Home can be understood to mean Fabber at Home. “Fabber” is short for a fabrication device. Fabbers are essentially miniature factories with the goal of custom fabrication of objects.

The Fab@Home builds objects layer by layer, using any material than can be squeezed through a syringe and holds its shape. Materials are hardened by drying, heating, UV light, and other methods as necessary.

The Fab@Home Team is the colloquial name for the group of individuals who are continuing the development of the Fab@Home at Cornell University, under the supervision of Professor Hod Lipson’s Cornell Computational Synthesis Laboratory . While we provide the server space and website maintenance, the team is highly dedicated to the Fab@Home and above all proud to be members of the Fab@Home Community, which includes all who wish to contribute.

The goals of the Fab@Home project are first and foremost to facilitate the democratization of innovation by giving each household the ability to physically create their ideas.In order to achieve this objective, we are improving the Fab@Home itself, diversifying the materials with which the Fab@Home works

The Fab@Home can produce nearly any static or dynamic object out of materials that can be deposited through a syringe. Right now, you can create miniature models, custom food products, and items that have electrical parts. Look at the projects page to see what has already been accomplished and what the community is working on. The Fab@Home Community is dedicated to improving the practical applications of the Fab@Home.

Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF) is an umbrella term for three-dimensional printing, rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing, or any method of building things by having a machine deposit material under computer control.

The Fab@Home is unique because it is a comparatively inexpensive, three-dimensional printer that can use a large array of materials make static and dynamic objects.

It contrasts with other, low-cost three-dimensional printers such as the RepRap (and Makerbot) in three key ways. First, the RepRap is oriented toward self-replication, making its own parts, while Fab@Home is aiming toward printing static and dynamic objects¬. Secondly, the Fab@Home uses a syringe tool that allows you to use a wider variety of materials. Thirdly, Fab@Home is largely a snap-and-screw-together kit, while others tent to require more technical skill to build.

There are several open-source and commercial cad programs. Search around and find the one best suited to your needs and budget.