Fab Lab

A workspace for creative, high-tech innovators and people with a need to design, prototype and build things.
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The Discovery Center is following UW-Stout campus COVID-19 guidelines, safety requirements and meeting protocols (see latest updates). Discovery Center Staff is available during normal business hours, with limited on campus representation. Discovery Center visitors are allowed access to our offices by appointment only. 

Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM Monday-Friday, dependent on building availability

Appointments can be set by contacting our offices:

Main office - 715-232-2397 or discoverycenter@uwstout.edu

  • including Center for Innovation & Development, Center for Limnological Research & Rehabilitation, EDA-University Center, FabLab, and Leadership Institute

Manufacturing Outreach Center - 866-880-2262 or moc@uwstout.edu

Office of Research & Sponsored Programs - 715-232-1126 or rs@uwstout.edu

Professional Education Programs & Services - 715-232-2793 or profed@uwstout.edu


NOW OPEN in Vocational Rehabilitation Building, Rm 120.

Each user must go through equipment training prior to using the Fab Lab. Training sessions last one hour. Please arrive five minutes prior to the training to complete registration materials.

February 2020 Training Schedule

March 2020 Training Schedule

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UW-Stout was a partner in an NSF funded Fab Lab research project from 2006-2010. This research was the foundation for the current Discovery Center FAB LAB.

Partially funded through a UW System Growth Agenda award, the Discovery Center FAB LAB provides open access to students from all UW-Stout programs, further bolstering the Discovery Center's facilitation of collaborative, multi-disciplinary efforts.

The FAB LAB provides access to a variety of tools, including computer-aided design and desktop manufacturing technologies, to help bring your ideas to life.  The open Fab Lab environment removes barriers, such as access to equipment and technology, while serving as an incubator for applied research, innovation, job creation and economic development. 

Over the past ten years, MIT and its partners have helped advance the Fab Lab network worldwide. Additionally, the fab lab is working with the FabLearn Community, WEDC and others to incorporate makerspaces and fab labs into formal and informal Prek-12 education settings.


Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

The University of Wisconsin-Stout Discovery Center Fab Lab partners with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to provide essential strategic, operational and curricular support for fab labs throughout Wisconsin.

This partnership includes support for the WEDC Fabrication Laboratories Grant program. WEDC Fab Lab funding supports school districts across the state.

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Fab Lab Membership Packages are for individuals who have completed the Introduction to Fab Lab Equipment and are interested in using the Fab Lab during open lab times.

30-day membership: $90 select your start/end date. Semester membership: $275.

Multiple training options are available. Email croppm@uwstout.edu for more information. 


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