fab lab el paso about us

Who We Are

Fab Lab El Paso is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization established in 2013. Located in the international metropolitan area of Paso del Norte, Fab Lab El Paso provides community access to digital fabrication tools and resources for skillset learning, workforce training, creative collaboration, prototype development, and product manufacture. Fab Lab El Paso is the first in the western Texas region of the United States. It is an entirely grassroots organization and has grown organically from support from the community. We offer free STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education for kids known as Fab Kids program as well as our summer Maker Camp, co-hosted with Maker Media. Currently, we are working on partnering with governmental and private sectors to bring more fabrication spaces to El Paso, Juarez City, and Las Cruces. In addition, we are working with the school districts and city government to bring our Fab Kids curriculum to public schools in El Paso.

Our Mission

• Provide open-door, open-access grassroots community space, hardware, software, and resource support for education, research, and development of digital fabrication methods such as 3D printing, laser cutting, computer-controlled machining, 3D scanning, and more

• Establish partnerships with state and local educators, colleges, universities, museums, science centers to promote applied science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM) education and vocational training for all ages and levels of experience

• Serve the technical needs of local industries and businesses through facilitation of rapid prototyping, product modeling, and small-scale production

• Foster a collaborative innovation atmosphere to aid in community-building through fun, engaging project-based workshops, summer camps, and programming for individuals of all ages

Our Approach

At Fab Lab El Paso, our core belief is that the tools and resources to actualize creative ideas should be available to as many community members as possible. We aim to provide accessible educational experiences for students of all ages as well as professionals to support the development of more ingenious and resourceful products and businesses in our region, thus enriching our local communities. We are a family-friendly makerspace and hackerspace for the Makers, Hackers, Tinkerers, and DIY enthusiasts in the region.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Fab Lab?

Fab Lab is short for “Fabrication Laboratory” and serves as an open-door, open-access community makerspace and hackerspace. A Fab Lab is generally equipped with an array of computer controlled tools that accommodates various working scales and  materials, with the aim to make “almost anything.” The idea for such a space grew out of a collaboration between the Grassroots Invention Group and MIT Media Lab’s Center for Bits and Atoms to provide underserved communities with resources, technology, and information at a grassroots level.

Who is the Fab Lab for?

The Fab Lab is for everyone in the local community as a resource center for digital fabrication, offering open access for individual use and programmed access for institutional use.

What does it cost?

An all-access monthly membership to the Fab Lab costs $50 with a discount for students.

What equipment do you have?

We offer access to FDM and DLP 3D Printers for rapid prototyping and parts printing, a CNC Router for subtractive milling up to 4′ x 8′,  an 80 Watt 2′ x 4′ laser cutter for cutting sheet material, 3D scanners, programming stations, an electronics workbench, a DIY Bio bench and much more!  Please refer to our resources page for a comprehensive listing.

What if I've never made anything before?

Don’t worry! We are here to help. Not everyone is already savvy when they come in. First, we will give you a tour of our facilities and introduce you to the staff who will assist you with technical issues and answer your questions. Another great way to get started is to join one of the “no experience needed” creative workshops or beginner courses.  

Do you work with kids?

We have a very kids-friendly environment with age-appropriate events in our Fab Kids program to give young makers a fun and educational experience in developing analytical thinking, creative problem-solving and team-building skills.  

What is the Maker Movement?

The Maker Movement is an international call to action that encourages all to participate in invention, creativity and entrepreneurship.  Wikipedia provides a good general overview.  And the Maker Movement Manifesto describes the basic principles of the movement.

Who is a Maker?

Maker is an all-encompassing term used to define anyone who partakes in a technical or creative craft.  Anyone can be a maker!  That’s why the Fab Lab’s first question to everyone is “What will you Fab?”.

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