Welcome to Fabville
Canopy Youth Entrepreneurship Program
Somerville High School students are invited to join the Canopy Youth Entrepreneurship Program. Students will create a product that solves a problem in their community, prototype that product and pitch it to a room of partners and investors. The program begins in January of 2017 and will run out of the FabLab and Canopy's Davis Square space. Students can expect to spend 8-10 hours per week on their projects. Learn More at the Canopy Website. View the Schedule and more detailed information about the program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the Night Director, email@example.com
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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.
- 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
- Bridgeport Drill press
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.