From Fab @ Home
Fab@Home is a project dedicated to making and using fabbers - machines that can make almost anything, right on your desktop. Fabbers (a.k.a. 3D printers or rapid prototyping machines) are a relatively new form of manufacturing that builds 3D objects by carefully depositing materials drop by drop, layer by layer. With the right set of materials and a geometric blueprint, you can fabricate complex objects that would normally take special resources, tools and skills if produced using conventional manufacturing techniques. A fabber can allow you to explore new designs, email physical objects to other fabber owners, and most importantly - set your ideas free. Just as MP3s, iPods and the Internet have freed musical talent, we hope that blueprints and fabbers will democratize innovation.
Most commercial 3D Printers today are limited to one material at a time, and their proprietary technologies limit experimentation. Moreover, their price range - tens of thousands, to hundreds of thousands of dollars - is typically well beyond what an average home user can afford. Our goal with this multi-material printing is to explore the potential of universal fabrication: Machines that can use multiple materials to fabricate complete, active systems. Keep reading...
- To read more overview - Visit Project Overview
- To get Fab@home, and start building - Visit Getting Started
- Questions? - Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page
- Click here to download most of the Model I content of this site in PDF format
- Keep track of Live Events. Post there any time you will be attending a conference, putting a Fab@Home on display, or giving a talk.
- For an in-depth history, please visit the Project History page
Movies and Photos
Here you can find some video and photos of the Fab@Home Model 1. Use the text links to download the videos, and click the photos to reach a photo download page. For more photos and video - see the Gallery of Ideas.
A printed flashlight!