UW-Stout was a partner in a NSF funded Fab Lab research project from 2006-2010. This research was the foundation for the current Discovery Center FAB LAB. Partially funded through a UW System Growth Agenda award, the Discovery Center FAB LAB provides open access to students from all UW-Stout programs, further bolstering the Discovery Center's facilitation of collaborative, multi-disciplinary efforts.
The FAB LAB provides access to a variety of tools, including computer-aided design and desktop manufacturing technologies, to help bring your ideas to life. The open Fab Lab environment removes barriers, such as access to equipment and technology, while serving as an incubator for applied research, innovation, job creation and economic development.
Over the past ten years, MIT and its partners have helped advance the Fab Lab network world wide. Additionally, the fab lab is working with the FabLearn Community, WEDC and others to incorporate makerspaces and fab labs into formal and informal Prek-12 education settings.