Skip to Main Content

Fab Lab

at Fox Valley Technical College


Welcome to the workshop of the future designed to connect people and their ideas to the world! With the Fab Lab, you can create, collaborate, learn and build just about anything you can imagine. The Fab Lab connects users around the globe with common tools and platforms to facilitate the exchange of ideas and designs. 

Equipment & Resources

The Fab Lab combines advanced manufacturing technology and electronics tools to bring your ideas to reality.

FVTC industry experts in engineering and manufacturing will help you make almost anything. We'll also link you to the Fab Lab Referral Network, a team of regional experts who can mentor you through the creative process.

We are able to create rapid, proof-of-concept prototyping so students/inventors/entrepreneurs can validate product designs and determine market viability. Current Fab Lab equipment includes:

  • Stratasys uPrint Plus 3D Printer

  • Soldering Stations

  • Laser Engraving Cutter

  • Vinyl Cutter

  • ShopBot® 4 x 8 CNC

  • CNC Bench-top Mill

  • Electronics Fab and Testing Equipment

  • Smarttech Interactive Whiteboard & Digitizer

  • Polycom Videoconferencing Bridge

  • Roland MDX-40A 3D Milling Machine

  • Networked workstations and full suite of software tools supporting both open source and commercial IT environments

What is the Fab Lab?

The Fab Lab (Fabrication Laboratory) is a unique learning center that enhances student classes and provides an outreach program in the Fox Valley. Local schools join the Fab Lab in creating and constructing projects that relate to their curriculum and learn science, technology, engineering, arts and math along the way. The Fab Lab gives students the opportunity to connect and collaborate with other Fab Labs around the world.

FVTC’s Fab Lab is also available to businesses and community members to assist in product research and prototype development. If you're in need of a workshop environment to flesh our ideas and inventions, and the proper tools to create mock-ups before you begin the prototyping process, the Fab Lab is the place. 

What is the Fab Lab Network?

FVTC is part of a global network managed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Bits and Atoms. This collaborative network integrates users around the world with common tools and platforms to facilitate the exchange of ideas and designs. The worldwide network is comprised of educational, research, public sector and business institutions.

Outreach and STEAM Initiative

FVTC’s Fab Lab works with area schools to engage students with creative projects that use manufacturing and technology skills, engineering tools and independent thinking. Students can explore or imagine their own projects as they are guided through the world of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

Projects include subjects like computer information systems, physical computing, engineering, design and more, all while encouraging students towards higher education and STEAM related fields.

To discuss partnering with FVTC’s Fab Lab, at one of our locations or at your school, please contact Dale Walker at or 920-735-2571.

Invention Development

Take your idea, invention or design from your imagination, back of a napkin or your garage to a virtual prototype. Whether you require assistance with the innovative process, market research or ideation, the Fab Lab provides you or your company with the tools necessary to drive the innovation process or accelerate your invention development timeline.

Take advantage of our resources and knowledge to drive innovation in your company and provide affordable, no-nonsense solutions to early stage product development. Contact us today for more information!

Building a Bridge to STEM Careers

Over the course of 7 weeks, teams of high school students will learn and apply design/digital fabrication techniques in the development of a scaled bridge. This special workshop series is jointly sponsored by the Career Explorer Program and the Fox Valley Technical College Fab Lab. 

Specific dates to be determined:
Share Your Interest | Add Name to Wait List

Fab Lab Seminars & Workshops

  • 3D Printer Training

  • Build a Better Team by Design: Ski Activity

  • Electric Guitar Building

  • Fab Lab Machine Building: A 4-Module Series

  • How to Make Almost Anything

  • Laser Engraver Training 

  • ShopBot Training 

  • Vinyl Cutter Training 

Explore Seminars & Workshops

FABTECH Open House

FABTECH Open House

Become a FABICK Cat Technician. Learn more at the FABTECH Open House, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., FVTC FABTECH Education Center 

Focus on the...

Focus on the...

New training modeled after successful program is assisting military veterans with their small business plans.

Focus on the...

Focus on the...

Brian Davis invented cycling and outdoor products with the help of FVTC’s Fab Lab and 1 Million Cups.

Focus on the...

Focus on the...

A Truck Driving graduate invents a new product with the help of the Venture Center and Fab Lab.

Contact Us

Dale Walker
Director, Business & Industry Services

Fab Lab Corporate Guitar Sponsorship Opportunities

Partner with the Fab Lab!

Sponsor ten students for FVTC's electric guitar building workshop and receive a custom designed corporate guitar.  

Learn More

Fab Lab Club

Club Adviser: Dean Sommerfeld

Facebook Logo

Join Us!