Fablab ÉvoraTech intends to reach every person in the community. We are dedicated to our incubated start-up businesses, our partners and our local community.
A fab lab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication.
The fab lab program was initiated to broadly explore how the content of information relates to its physical representation and how an under-served community can be powered by technology at the grassroots level
A fab lab is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make "almost anything". This includes technology-enabled products generally perceived as limited to mass production.
While fab labs have yet to compete with mass production and its associated economies of scale in fabricating widely distributed products, they have already shown the potential to empower individuals to create smart devices for themselves. These devices can be tailored to local or personal needs in ways that are not practical or economical using mass production.
The fab lab movement is closely aligned with the DIY, the open source hardware and the free and open source movement, and shares philosophy as also technology with them.
Currently we have a diverse ecosystem stakeholder, from university, private companies, municipalities, schools, technologies volunteer groups and general public.

Resources needed

Human Resources: technicians with knowledge in 3D modelation, electronics and software programming; Equipment: 3d printer, CNC machinery, laser cutter machine, electronic kits ( as Lego, Little bits, Arduino, raspberry, sensors, etc..), vinyl cutters, software cad/cam and vector edition software,etc

Evidence of success

- FabLabs have the potential to empower individuals to create smart devices for themselves, thus encouraging entrepreneurship;- The investment far exceeds the purchase price you and others will pay for a finished product;- Use of fabrication facilities are no charge by appointment to construct DIY. The monetary investment and effort reduces cost to materials alone. If you are new to a fabrication process, a network of experienced individuals will donate their time to help you

Difficulties encountered

- Sustainability model; - A good machinery exhaustion is needed to face the high gazes emission from the laser cut machines; - Space configuration; Communication strategy; - Lack of knowledge in specific areas that have a high demand

Potential for learning or transfer

Fab Labs must participate in the larger, global Fab Lab network, that is, you can’t isolate yourself. This is about being part of a global, knowledge-sharing community.
Ways FabLabs connect:
- The public videoconference;
- Attending the annual Fab Lab meeting;
- Collaborating and partnering with other labs in the network on workshops, challenges or projects;
- Participating in Fab Academy
Project
Main institution
ADRAL - Agência de Desenvolvimento Regional do Alentejo, S.A.
Location
Alentejo, Portugal
Start Date
November 2014
End Date
Ongoing

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Good Practices being followed by

Luis Teixeira

Universidade Catolica Portuguesa