About Us


The Champaign Urbana Community Fab Lab is an open source community of people who like to design and make things. Our principal focus is to provide a safe and fun learning environment, so that students of all ages can master modern design and fabrication technology. The Fab Lab features tools and work space for teachers, students, technical hobbyists, artisans, and others. We celebrate entrepreneurial initiative. The Fab Lab makes available to the community many resources, including skilled volunteers, computers, computer-controlled (CNC) machines, and electronics assembly tools. These high tech tools make it possible for people of all ages and skill levels to build virtually anything imaginable. The Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab is part of a global network of Fab Labs -- making possible many connections with likeminded people around the world.

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Stated Mission

The Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab (CUCFL) promotes ingenuity, invention and inspiration by introducing learners of any age to modern prototyping and fabrication equipment. Our goal is to encourage creativity as well as an interest in architecture, art, computing, engineering, mathematics, science, and technical trades. We believe community access, provided at a reasonable cost and in cooperation with the global Fab Lab network, builds local capacities by enabling personal growth, economic development and cross-cultural understanding. We encourage people to build virtually anything they can imagine!