MIT Mobile Fab Lab

Built in association with the Center for Bits and Atoms at the MIT Media Lab and the Digital Design and Fabrication Group in the Computation Group of the Architecture Department, the Mobile Fab Lab is a prototype is a computer-controlled design and machining shop housed in a trailer. The mobile lab includes the same computer controlled fabrication machines found in fab labs world-wide.

I was in charge of the design, fabrication, and installation of the custom, friction-fit cabinetry and countertops to provide work surfaces and house all of the equipment. The cabinetry is an example of the a lab producing a part of another lab. All of the cabinetry was modeled in AutoCAD and fabricated on a CNC wood router similar to the wood router in the trailer.

The fab lab is housed in a 2007 Pace American Shadow GT Daytona dual axle trailer. It is 32’ long, 8’ wide, and 7’ high. The tailgate opens to add a 6’ deck at the back of the trailer. A 6.5’ tall custom steel box was fabricated and installed over the tongue to house the dust collection unit for the router. The lab requires a space approximately 60’ long by 16’ wide for operation as a lab. Two graffiti artists from the South Bronx were commissioned to paint the sides and top of the trailer. Each designed one side of the trailer.

The mobile fab lab contains: (1) Epilog 24” x 12” laser cutter (1) Roland Modela MDX-20 Mini-mill (1) Roland CAMM-1 GX-24 wide vinyl cutter (1) Shopbot PRS 48” x 96” CNC wood router with high speed spindle (1) Grizzly 4HP dust extraction system (for wood router dust removal) (1) Purex HEPA filter (for laser cutter fumes removal)  (1) HP OfficeJet 6210 All-In-One scanner, color inkjet printer, fax (1) 9” x 6” convection oven (1) Dustbuster (1) 1 gal shop vac (-) hand tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, clamps, etc. (1) Function Generator, 10 MHz DDS with Counter (1) Power Supply, Triple Output, DC, Digital, 30V, 3A (1) Digital Storage Oscilloscope, 150 MHz, Color (5) Digital Multimeter (1) Heat Gun (2) 50W soldering stations (7) Dell GX620 computers and 17” LCD monitors. (1) LG flat panel wide screen monitor (1) Linksys SD2016 1GB router (1) Wireless 802.11(a/b/g) access point, and (1) Western Digital 1TB external hard drive.

Additional links related to the Mobile Fab Lab:

Mobile Fab Lab Wiki

Mobile Fab Lab Video Tour