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No fib, fab labs are flourishing

By John Published: June 20, 2011

The Plain Dealer's science writer, John Mangels, catches readers up on personal fabrication labs in Northeast Ohio, which are to industrial manufacturing what the personal computer is to the coroporate mainframe.

The fab lab concept was born at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1990s as a way to help anyone turn an idea into a product, by giving them access to easy-to-use design and production tools like laser-powered cutting machines, table-top milling equipment and three-dimensional parts makers. Fab labs allow ordinary people to manufacture things, whether for fun, to meet a need, to solve a problem, or for profit.
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