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Fab Labs vs. Makerspaces vs. STEM Labs standard

Fab Labs, Makerspaces, and STEM labs are three types of educational environments that play a prominent role in today's education. In this article we will be discussing the differences between the three types of spaces, as well as the benefits, and some of the challenges that come with them. Fab Labs Fab Labs are high tech areas capable of mass-producing any size product, and are focused around sharing knowledge, designs, and collaborating across international borders. In their simplest form, they are a global network of local labs enabling invention. There are four criteria a facility must have to be considered a Fab Lab: 1) provide free public access, 2) support and subscribe to the Fab Lab charter, 3) share ...

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2019 Laboratory Furniture Trends standard

Laboratory Manager recently released its’ ‘Purchasing Trends and the Future of Laboratories Survey’. The annual survey consisted of 774 individuals with 60% of them holding managerial positions for their respected companies. The results of the survey featured promising statistics, current concerns for the future of commercial laboratory expansion, and the push toward laboratory modernization across a multitude of markets. Below you can see some brief insights that caught our interest. Laboratory Modernization on the Rise! Compared to 2018 respondent survey results, net changes for companies interested in upgrading their commercial laboratory with modern furniture increased from 4.55% to 5.35%. This is an extremely promising statistic for further developing flexible laboratory spaces with modular casework and high-performance fume hoods, ...

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How to Ensure Safety in a 3D Printing Lab standard

In the last decade or so, the demand for 3D printers in educational laboratory spaces has increased significantly. The definition of 3D printing is basically when a three-dimensional object is built from a computer-aided design (CAD) model. Both smaller schools and large universities now purchase 3D printers for their maker-spaces, fab-labs, STEM labs and more, but most people who purchase 3D printers might not know the extent to how hazardous they can potentially be. Many setups with 3D printers do not have the proper ventilation, and this can lead to harmful effects for the person using the printer. The scary part is that the long-term health effects associated with 3D printing are still unknown. That’s why everyone should follow ...

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Different Types of Laboratory Furniture Materials standard

There are many different types of laboratories, and these laboratories require different types of furniture. Fortunately, laboratory designers and planners have various materials to choose from, ensuring that the furniture suits the environment. Below is a breakdown of common laboratory furniture types that are typically utilized in a modern laboratory setting: Metal Laboratory Furniture Metal laboratory furniture is durable, easy to clean, and resists a wide range of chemicals. Metal laboratory furniture comes in many different sizes and colors, can be fixed or modular, and suits any design aesthetic. Wood Laboratory Furniture Wood laboratory furniture is not only durable, but it is also very easy to customize. It comes in many different types of wood, as well as different types of finishes, sizes, ...

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Everything to Know About Modular Laboratory Casework standard

Modular casework is laboratory furniture that is not stationary, or fixed, and can be moved and reconfigured as the laboratory needs change. When choosing casework for your science lab. you should consider five major benefits: Modular casework is flexible. In today’s modern laboratory, the needs can change rapidly. Since modular casework isn’t fixed, it can be relocated and reconfigured quickly and easily as the laboratory evolves. This reduces the cost associated with typical science lab renovations, since major construction is not needed. Modular casework is easy to install. Typical millwork requires on-site production. Modular casework, on the other hand, is typically produced in a factory, then shipped ready to install. When the casework arrives, anyone with basic construction skills ...

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