Fab Lab demos, lecture at Fermilab Nov. 12

By on November 12, 2010

Batavia—The Fermilab Lecture Series, the University of Illinois and the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms will present Fab Lab demonstrations in the Fermilab Wilson Hall lobby from 1 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12.

The demonstrations will be followed by a lecture in Ramsey Auditorium entitled “How to Make (Almost) Anything” by Fab Lab originator Dr. Neil Gershenfeld of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Bits and Atoms.

A Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop with computer controlled tools that enable individuals to make “almost anything.” Prof. Neil Gershenfeld’s revolutionary laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments.

Technology from fab labs has been seen and used in settings including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers and automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows and Sami herds.

Gershenfeld is also the originator of the growing global network of field fab labs that provide widespread access to prototype tools for personal fabrication, and directs the Fab Academy, the associated program for distributed research and education in the principle and practices of digital fabrication.

Gershenfeld is also the author of numerous technical publications, patents and books including Fab, When Things Start To Think, The Nature of Mathematical Modeling, and The Physics of Information Technology.

Individuals and small groups that would like to see the demonstrations can come at any time from 1 to 8 p.m., but groups larger than 10 should contact the Lederman Science Center at (630) 840-8258.

Admission to the lecture is $7. Reserve tickets or obtain further information by phoning (630) 840-2787.

Ramsey Auditorium is located in Wilson Hall, the hi-rise building on the Fermilab campus. Fermilab is accessible by turning east on Pine Street from Kirk Road, just north of I-88. For more information on this and all Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series offerings, go to www.fnal.gov/culture. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) is operated by Fermi Research Alliance, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy.