Fab Lab: The DIY Factory That Can Make Anyone a Maker

MIT Professor Neil Gershenfeld on May 28 in Boston Photograph by Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

Blair Evans is an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an entrepreneur. For the past 15 years, he’s been the superintendent of a group of charter schools for troubled kids in Detroit, and in 2010 he opened the city’s first Fab Lab inside one of his schools. The do-it-yourself factories are designed to make it easier and cheaper for ordinary people to turn an idea into a product. Every Fab Lab includes a computer-controlled laser, a 3D printer, and a pair of computer-controlled milling machines—all connected by custom software.

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