“Fab Lab” is an abbreviation for Fabrication Laboratory, simply a digital fabrication laboratory for innovation and invention. Fab Labs give users the ability to conceptualize, design, develop, fabricate, and create anything. It’s a unique environment for learning and innovation welcoming people at all levels of experience: a place to learn, play, invent and create.
The lab is open to all Hinds students, community members, civic groups and clubs, school groups, senior groups, entrepreneurs and private business.
The Fab Lab at Hinds Community College is part of the Fab Lab Network with more than 500 labs; an open, creative community of fabricators, artists, scientists, engineers, educators, students, amateurs, professionals, of all ages located in more than 78 countries in approximately 1,000 Fab Labs.
The primary goal is to involve those who are curious about digital fabrication but don’t know what it is or how it can be used. We offer workshops, seminars and other training opportunities for all ages and levels of experiences in 3D design and digital fabrication. There is truly something for everyone. The Fab Lab is place where community members and groups can have access to technology, equipment and technical expertise that allows them to explore and create a broad array of customized projects:
- 3D Printing for custom designs or existing models
- Laser engraving of glassware, acrylic, fabrics and much more
- Monogramming – a variety of methods and materials
- Vinyl lettering and custom decals
- Specialty wood projects
industry & business
Access to the technology and equipment available at the Fab Lab provides entrepreneurs, businesses, and startup companies the opportunity to design and test prototypes in a cost effective manner. Utilization of the lab may also provide the enhance the firm’s productivity by having access to an environment with multiple work stations, increased speeds, etc. It is perfect environment to explore process improvement or explore an array of business solutions.
The Fab Lab provides business and industry
- Technical support to facilitate the design process as well as the fabrication of the prototype
- Orientation and access to equipment, software and technical support
- Product design and prototyping at cost similar to wholesale quantities
- Rental of Lab Space for private engagements
Workshops will be offered specifically for children, middle school, and high school age students to learn about fabrication, programming, sciences and architecture from a young age. The Fab Lab provides those interested in STEM technology.
Additionally, the Fab Lab will allow middle and high school student the opportunity to gain real work knowledge from professionals and explore various careers in the field of technology and design.
Hands on exploration
Field Trips, Summer Day Camps, & Workshops
Design Project Workshop
Engineering Challenge Workshop
6 Design Stations with 3D software
5 – Dremel PLA Printers
2 – Markforge Printers
1 – 3DP 200 Platform Printer
2 – Trotec Speedy 100 Lasers
1 – InteleTek Bench Router
1 – Roland CNC Router
1 – 24” Graphtec Vinyl Cutter
1 – Afina EinScan 3D Scanner
Minimal fees are allocated and are based on the time and materials required. A lab specialist can provide you an estimate for your custom project. Private lab fees are also assessed based on time reserved.
The Fab Lab is a learning environment and the hours of operation may be modified for training classes, groups, or private engagements. Please check the calendar of events for availability. The Fab Lab will follow the official school calendar.
Reservations are required for groups of five or more and for private business projects.