fablabvalletta is an educational outreach component of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA), an extension of its research into digital fabrication and computation. A Fab Lab is a technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention, providing stimulus for local entrepreneurship. A Fab Lab is also a platform for learning and innovation: where one can play, create, learn, mentor and invent. To be a Fab Lab means to connect to a global community of learners, educators, technologists, researchers, makers and innovators – a knowledge-sharing network that spans thirty countries and 24 time zones. Because all Fab Labs share common tools and processes, the programme is building a global network, a distributed laboratory for research and invention. In 2015, Malta joined the FabLab international network with a Lab in Valletta – now included on www.fablabs.io.
The Valletta hub is conceived as part of the AP Creative Cluster, providing 3D printing, laser cutting, prototyping and fabrication services to support AP's experimental research.