Student and teacher working in FabLab

Welcome to Fabville

Fabville Community Open Hours

Community members can generally come in to work in the Fablab on their projects from 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Mondays through Fridays. If you would like to confirm that the lab has open hours, please email Jerry Shaw or the Night Director,

Watch a video about community members working during Open Hours at Fabville:

Contact us with questions

Jeremy "Jerry" Shaw
Advanced Manufacturing / Director of FabLab
Somerville Public Schools
(617) 625-6600 x6262
Joseph Wight
Lab Manager
Ben Sommer
Economic Development Specialist
City of Somerville
(617) 625-6600 x2513
Ask about volunteer opportunities
Leo DeSimone
Director of Career & Technical Education
Somerville Public Schools
(617) 625-6600 x6136

What is Fabville?

Fabville is a publicly-run Fabrication Laboratory or “Fab Lab” located in the Somerville High School. Similar to a makerspace, a Fab Lab is a facility with the purpose of bringing manufacturing to the masses and educating the public in digital fabrication technologies, such as 3D printing. Fab Labs grew out of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms’ “how to make almost anything” course and is now a global movement with Fab Labs all over the world.

FabVille integrates with the Center for Career and Technical Education’s (CTE) regular academic programming, adding elements of prototyping and digital fabrication to the many career tracks at the CTE. After the school day FabVille will be open to entrepreneurs and artists looking to work on individual projects, non-profits seeking to run educational programming, and Somerville residents of all ages and skill levels who wish to learn something new. Think of it as a public “labrary”!

Learn more about FabVille by watching the following production of Our Schools, Our City. Ben Sommer, Jerry Shaw, and SHS students Chris Cooper and Zack Keatley join hosts Mary Skipper, Superintendent of Schools and Susana H. Morgan, Director of Communications & Grants, for a conversation about Somerville's latest innovation center.

Our Schools, Our City - FabVille- Innovations Digital Fabrication from Somerville Public Schools on Vimeo.

Our Equipment

  • Shopbot Buddy Standard, 48”
  • Plasma cutter, 2’x4’
  • Epilog Mini laser cutter, 40w
  • Roland vinyl cutter, 24”
  • Roland monoFAB SRM-20 desktop milling machine
  • Ultimaker + 3D printer
  • Formlabs 1 3D printer
  • Soldering
  • Bridgeport Drill press
  • Grinder

Watch a video overview of some of the Fabville Equipment


Getting to Us

Enter through the atrium outside of the Somerville High School Gym. From this Entrance take the stairs down immediately to the right as you enter. At the bottom of the stairs take a 180 degree turn left and head all the way down the hallway. The FabLab will be at the end to the right in room 91 next to the big FabVille “Design Lab” sign.