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Bills propose a Fab lab network: bills in the House and Senate propose setting up a national network of fabrication laboratories in an effort to support the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.

Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Kirsten Gillibrand ID-NY) introduced legislation last fall. A similar bill was introduced in the House in August by Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL).

Fab labs are small, community-based workshops that give the public--from students to small businesses--access to educational resources and manufacturing equipment.

Fab labs are independently owned and operated facilities that provide communities with the equipment, tools, and resources necessary to engage in the fabrication of objects.

Fab labs are also used by science, technology, education, and math educators to give students hands-on experiences with the principles and technology they are learning in classes.

The National Fab Lab Network Act, S. 1705, would grant a federal charter to the National Fab Lab Network. As a charter entity, the network would assist and support communities in the establishment of new fab labs and develop curriculum for STEM education and workforce training needs.

Foster's bill in the House, H.R.1289, is co-sponsored by Representatives Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Bobby Rush (D-IL), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).

The bills are available at thomas.loc.gov. They are found in a search by bill number.

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Date:Apr 1, 2014
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