The Fab Lab/Innovation Center offers a blend of unique technology solutions designed to stimulate learning through the innovative life cycle utilizing new digital fabrication tools and techniques. Our Digital Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab), located on Century College’s East campus, is a “hi-tech tinkers” workshop for inventors and people who have a need to design, prototype and build things.
In our lab, individuals who can envision an idea will have access to a variety of technologies which will allow them to produce an end product with the aid of computer-aided design and desktop manufacturing technologies.
The Fab Lab is available to Century College students, faculty and staff.
The lab is equipped with open source CAD/CAM software, allowing people to design and manufacture products.
Fab Lab equipment includes:
- Laser engraver
- Mini-mills - 2 Sherlines & 1 Modela
- Vinyl sheet/sign cutter
- 3D powder-based rapid prototyping machine
- ShopBot (4’ X 8’ CNC Router)
- Hand tools and bench-top machines
It is possible to make almost anything in our lab, ranging from small electronic circuits to full-sized boats, and even small modular cabins.
In the last decade, Century College has been collaborating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Bits and Atoms Global Fab Lab Network. Century was the first college in the region to install and implement a digital fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) and incorporate the MIT initiative across its curriculum in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) areas.
Century’s Fab Lab is the foundation for the College’s vision and direction, leading to the development of a new degree program (in Additive and Digital Manufacturing), and the opening of our new facility. The Century College Engineering and Fab Lab – A Center for Makers and Innovators is a $1.1 million dollar, 8500 sq. ft. facility.