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What is FabHub?

FabHub is a global directory of digital fabricators: makers, workshops, factories and manufacturers who offer a manufacturing service or services using digital fabrication technology.

You can use FabHub to find a maker / find a digital fabricator who can make / manufacture / fabricate products that are designed for digital fabrication, be it CNC cutting, CNC routing, 3D printing, 3D scanning, laser cutting — any technology where you supply a digital design (normally as vector artwork or cutting sheets) that numerically controls a digital manufacturing machine.

Traditionally, these digital manufacturing services have been used for rapid prototyping by companies looking to design and iterate products: one-off model making or short-run prototypes with a quick turnaround. However, with the rise of technologies like Stereolithography (SLA), 3D Printing, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and CNC Machining, their integration with the Internet and digital communication technologies, more and more designers, makers and product companies are using digital fabrication techniques to produce specialised, bespoke, customised and personalised products.

In many cases, makers and digital fabricators can help refine designs, make sure they're structurally sound and makable and / or finish and arrange delivery. This often includes engineering and CAD work to fix and analyse 3D models, file conversion and / or post production and finishing work (like sanding, polishing and applying a finish or coating to the raw product coming off the machine).

Current services offered include: 2D Colour Print Media, 3D Film/Video Production, 3D Printing, 3D Print Post-Processing, 3D Scanning, Architectural Model Making, Assembly, CAD Modelling & File Conversion, Casting, CNC Lathing, CNC Machining, CNC Milling, CNC Routing, Concept / Block Model Making, Concept Design, Construction Services, ddd (d), Design, Design Analysis, Experiental 3D Production, Fabrication, Finishing, Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), Guidance, Joinery & Cladding, Laser Cutting, Laser Engraving, Laser Processes, Laser Welding, Materials, Media & Print, Metal Casting / Die Casting, Metal Coating / Plating, Metalworks, MultiJet Modeling (ZCorp) (MJM), Polishing, Polyjet Matrix (Objet), Powder Coating (Powder Coating), Printing, Product Scale Model Making, Rapid Injection Tooling (RIT), Reaction Injection Moulding (RIM), Scale Model Making, Scanning, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Sheet & Film Printing, Sheet Metal Fabrication, Spray Painting, Stereolithography (SLA), Technical Services, Tube Bending (Tube Bending), Turnkey Build Projects, Vacuum Casting / Vacuum Forming, Vinyl Printing & Application, Waterjet Cutting.

Current locations include: Alicante, Al Jahra, Allegan County, Allegheny County, Antrim, Antwerp Province, Atizapán de Zaragoza Municipality, Auckland, Aveyron, Azor, Bāra Banki, Barcelona, Batatais, Birmingham, Biscay, Blackburn with Darwen, Boroondara, Braye, Brisbane, Bristol, (Bruxelles-Capitale), Buckinghamshire, Butler County, Cambridgeshire, Canterbury, Cape Town, Capitale-Nationale, Carapicuíba, Catania, Catoosa County, Central Administrative Okrug, Charleston County, Clackmannanshire, Colombo, Colón, Cook County, Cook County, Copenhagen municipality, Cornwall, Cuauhtémoc Borough, Culiacán, Daerah Johor Baharu, Darwin, Denver County, Departamento de Rosario, Devon, Diadema, Dublin City, Duval County, Eaton County, Fayette County, Finistère, Florianópolis, Forsyth County, Fort Bend County, Frederiksberg Kommune, Fremantle, Frunzensky District, Garfield, Gateshead, Gemeente Amsterdam, Gemeente Arnhem, Gemeente Baarle-Nassau, Gemeente Diemen, Gemeente Groningen, Gemeente Leeuwarden, Gemeente Rotterdam, Gemeente Skarsterlân, Gemeente Tilburg, Gemeente Woensdrecht, Gemeente Wormerland, Gipuzkoa, Gironde, Glasgow City, Grand Traverse County, Grays Harbor County, Greater London, Hamburg, Freie und Hansestadt, Haute-Savoie, Hauts-de-Seine, Hertfordshire, Hobart, Horowhenua District, Hubbard County, Hyderābād, Islamabad, Kam Tin San Tsuen, Kotamadya Jakarta Selatan, Kotamadya Surabaya, Leeds, Lehigh County, Leon, Liège Province, Limburg Province, Loiret, Los Angeles County, Madrid, McLean County, Merkez, Mexicali, Milton, Montérégie, Monterrey, Montréal, Moreland, Nassau County, Neblo, Nelson City, New York County, Norfolk, Northampton County, Okres Louny, Okres Ústí nad Orlicí, Orange County, Oslo, Oxfordshire, Palermo Soho, Paris, Parramatta, Partido de José C. Paz, Philadelphia County, Phillip, Politischer Bezirk Weiz, Ponte de Lima, Portsmouth, Province of Batangas, Provincia de Santiago, Provincia di Potenza, Pulaski County, Ramsey County, Rhône, Rio de Janeiro, Rockingham County, Salt Lake County, San Francisco County, San Luis Obispo County, San Mateo County, Secondi Takoradi, Seville, Sheffield, Shibuya-ku, Slough, Solano County, Somerset, Somme, Southampton, St. John's, St. Louis, Stoke-on-Trent, Suffolk, Suffolk County, Taipei, Tarragona, Tlalpan Borough, Toronto county, Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Tsuen Wan, Ubaque, Union County, Valencia, Vancouver, Vienne, Walloon Brabant Province, Warwickshire, Westmoreland County, West Sussex, Wigan, Worcestershire, Xochimilco Borough, Yel’nikovskiy Rayon.

Current materials worked with include: ABS, Acetal, Acrylic / Perspex, Acrylic textile, Aluminium, Aluminium Composite / Coated, Aramid textile, Ash, Aspen, Birch, Birch-faced Plywood, Brass, Cardboard, Cedar, Cherry, Constructional Timber, Corian, Cork, Corrugated Plastic / Coroplast / Correx / Twinwall Plastic, Cotton, Decorative Wood Veneers, Denim, Dibond / Alu-panel, Elm, Engineering Plastics & Sheets (Thermoplast), Epoxy Resin (semi-transparent), Felt, Ferrous Metals, Fir, Foam Polymers, Glass, Hardwoods, Hazel, Laminated Plywood, Leather, LVL Laminated Veneer Lumber, Mahogany, Maple, Marble, MDF Medium Density Fibreboard, Mild Steel, Non-Ferrous Metals & Composites, Nylon, Nylon textile, Oak, OSB Oriented Strand Board, Other construction materials, Other Organic Materials, Paper, Particleboard / Chipboard / MFC, PET Extruded Sheets, PETG, Pine, Plaster, Plywood, Polycarbonate, Polyester textile, Polypropylene, Polystyrene, POM Polyoxymethylene / Delrin / Celcon / Hostaform, PTFE Sheets and solids, PVC, Rubber, Slate, Softwoods, Spandex / Polyurethane textile, Spruce, Stainless Steel, Stone & Ceramic, Suede, Teak, Textiles, Thermoset Plastics, Valchromat, Walnut, Wax, White Resin (3D Printing), Wisaboard Laminated Plywood, Wood / Timber, ZOTE Foam / Polyethylene Foam.

Current file formats supported include: ACIS SAB (.sab), ACIS SAT (.sat), Adobe Illustrator AI (.ai), AutoCAD DWG (.dwg), AutoCAD DXF (.dxf), AutoDesk 3D Studio 3DS (.3ds), AutoDesk Inventor .iam (.iam), AutoDesk Inventor .ipt (.ipt), CATIA (.catia), CATIA V4 (.model), CATIA V5 .CATpart (.catpart), CATIA V5 .CATproduct (.catproduct), CorelDraw CDR (.cdr), Creo / Pro Engineer ASM (.asm), Creo / Pro Engineer PRT (.prt), Designer MGX (.mgx), EPS Encapsulated PostScript (.eps), GFX (.gfx), IGES IGS (.igs), NX Unigraphics PRT (.prt), OpenRP (.rp), ParaSolid X_B (.x_b), ParaSolid X_T (.x_t), PDF (.pdf), PROE (.proe), Rhino 3D 3dm (.3dm), SketchUp SKP (.skp), SolidEdge ASM (.asm), SolidEdge PAR (.par), SolidWorks 3D Assembly Model (.sldasm), SolidWorks 3D Part Model (.sldprt), SpaceClaim (.scdoc), STEP STP (.stp), STL (.stl), VDA (.vda), Vision VX (.vx), Wavefront OBJ (.obj).

How it Works

FabHub (literally the Fab Hub, or Digital Fabrication Hub) provides a free listing and directory search service for qualified fabricators and a global maker map showing where they are located.

Makers and fabricators can signup and create a fabricator profile. This profile will be moderated and is encouraged to provide information about services, facilities, machines, materials and supported file formats.

Once they find a suitable maker, designers and potential customers can make an enquiry and / or request a quote from the fabricator profile. In this way, we hope that FabHub will help designers make enquiries, get a quote / quotes or price indication and start a fruitful business relationship with local / specialised makers in their area or neighbourhood.