FabLab Kamp-Lintfort is a part of a global network of open workshops that share a common goal: promoting the exchange of digital fabrication knowledge and empowering motivated people to new levels of creativity. Our shared goals, ideas and values in this global network are enshrined in MIT’s Fab Charter, which the FabLab Kamp-Lintfort proudly adheres to.
(Due to certain restrictions, we’re currently unable to open our FabLab fully to the public. We’re certain that this will be possible in the relatively near future, however. Until then we thank you for your understanding.)
What is a FabLab? FabLabs are a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access to tools for digital fabrication
What’s in a FabLab? FabLabs share an evolving inventory of core capabilities to make (almost) anything, allowing people and projects to be shared.
What does the FabLab network provide? Operational, educational, technical, financial, and logistical assistance beyond what’s available within one lab.
Who can use a FabLab? FabLabs are available as a community resource, offering open access for individuals as well as scheduled access for programmes.
What are your responsibilities? Safety: not hurting people or machines; Operations: assisting with cleaning, maintaining and improving the lab; Knowledge: contributing to documentation and instruction.
Who owns FabLab inventions? Designs and processes developed in FabLabs can be protected and sold however an inventor chooses, but should remain available for individuals to use and learn from.
How can businesses use a FabLab? Commercial activities can be prototyped and incubated in a FabLab, but they must not conflict with other uses, they should grow beyond rather than within the lab, and they are expected to benefit the inventors, labs, and networks that contribute to their success.
Adapted from http://fab.cba.mit.edu/about/charter/