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FabLabs originated out of the MIT Interdisciplinary Centre for Bits and Atoms course entitled ‘How to Make (almost) Anything’ and therefore are conceptually embedded in a common set of requirements and technologies - outlined in the FabLab charter.  FabLab users have created a global network, supported by the FabLab Foundation and the Fab Academy training programme. An annual Fab Forum brings practitioners together. 

Relevance for TRANSIT

A FabLab is an example of a social innovation because these community-based workshops are spaces where anyone can learn about and use digital fabrication technologies to make almost anything. These workshops might potentially turn consumers into producers, democratising production and consumption.

Studied Social Innovation Initiatives


FL2 (Southern England)

FL3 (North-East England)

FL4 (East England)



Smith, A.; Hielscher, S. and Fressoli, M. (2015) Transformative social innovation narrative : Fablabs. TRANSIT: EU SHH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169

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