Fabrication Lab

Fabrication Lab

The Fabrication Lab at DC Public Library

Fab Lab

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What is the Fab Lab?

The Fabrication Lab, or Fab Lab, an emerging technology space, provides you with equipment, programs, and tools to explore, learn, and make. The Fabrication Lab connects you with other D.C. makers and helps you scale your creative and entrepreneurial projects.

A safety orientation and a completed Participant Release Form is required before using the Fabrication Lab.

Institute of Museum and Library Services
The technology in the Fabrication Lab and Studio Lab is made possible in part by the Institute or Museum and Library Services.


Membership Process

1. Sign a Participant Release Form, required. If under 18, parental consent is required.

2. Attend a 30-minute safety orientation, required. The safety orientation gives an overview of the space, equipment, and safety guidelines. To use specific equipment without supervision, you must take an individual equipment certification. Equipment requiring certification includes:

  • 3-D Printers
  • Universal Laser Systems
  • Sewing Machines
3. Make things! All Fabrication Lab classes, demos, and program require a Participant Release Form and completing a safety orientation.

Age Policy

The Fabrication Lab is designated for use by persons aged 13 and older.

Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
Children under the age of 6 are prohibited from entering the space.

Parental consent is required for anyone under the age of 18.


Other Resources

The Fabrication Lab has developed some virtual resources while we reopen to the public. These include:
  • An online guide to knitting resources, including materials from DC Public Library's collection and from around the internet
  • Virtual Maker Talks and other Fabrication Lab videos, available on the DC Public Library YouTube page
If you have suggestions or topics you would like to see covered, please reach out to us at Labs.DCPL@dc.gov.

Schedule a Fab Lab appointment below: