The Manufacturing Institute

Fab Lab

Manchester is home to the UK’s first Fab Lab, a fully-kitted fabrication workshop offering the capability to turn ideas and concepts for new products into prototypes.

Developed by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, over 3,000 small manufacturers, inventors, schools and community groups have used the Fab Lab since it opened in March 2010.

Find out more about Fab Lab.

Watch our animated Fab Lab film "A Fab-ulous Future" or download our e-book.

Watch Fab Lab Manchester on The Gadget Show World Tour.

Fab Lab Manchester is set to be joined by fab Lab Ellesmere Port, opening in autumn 2013. Read our Fab Lab Ellesmere Port brochure.

  • Sandra Decker-Jung, leolightdesign

    “We developed our light installation ‘Lichtkritzel’ with a manufacturing process learnt from Fab Lab. It was great to see the meticulous and diligent approach of the Fab Lab staff whilst creating the model, which will be on display at the Light & Building Show in Frankfurt in 2012.”

A Fab-ulous Future - What is a Fab Lab?

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