New exhibition opens at West Bromwich 'Fab Lab'
A new exhibition has opened at Sandwell College's 'Fab Lab' in West Bromwich.
The display is showcasing the work that has been created in the laboratory by a number of professionals, students and local artists.
It is open for public use on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, and is free of charge to a certain level of usage.
A 'Fab Lab' is a digital fabrication laboratory, giving individuals access to manufacturing equipment for their own designs.
Richard Flatley, a community artist, said the lab plays a very important role in the community.
He said: "A Fab Lab is an international maker space but our lab plays a very outward facing role to the public. There a few dotted around the UK, with the closest space being in Coventry.
"There are three or four professional artists that often use the facility, as well as local community groups.
"If people can imagine it we can make it, and we are extremely proud of the products that are created here."
These local groups include Sandwell Council's adult day services for the physically impaired and Sandwell Visually Impaired.
The space also runs a bi-monthly repair cafe and a 'creative soup' which is a base for exchanging creative ideas.
Mr Flatley added: "It is owned and run by Sandwell College but has a level of independence. Due to its advanced equipment such as a CNC cutter, a vacuum former, and graphic software, the appliances are mainly used by engineering, computing, design and technology and sometimes fashion."
The exhibition was opened by Dr Melvin Wingfield of De Montefort University, and manager of the lab Anne Scrimshaw, and Nicky Morgan from Think Sandwell were also in attendance.
The exhibition is running every Monday to Friday until March 27.
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