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Dallas’ FIRST Fab Lab Opens




Forest Scientific, a STEM Education Tools provider, has awarded its Forest 2019 Entrepreneurship Award to Mess Wright & The Fab Lab at WorkChops. The annual prize was announced during Fab15, the international meeting of the Fab Lab Network’s over 1600 approved locations. WorkChops will receive a Mitey Router “Fab Lab in a Box” for outstanding work fostering entrepreneurship in Dallas.

WorkChops is thrilled to have a professional-quality Forest CNC Mitey Router in our Fab Lab. This new machine will enable us to offer New Collar Network Digital Badges as part of a national pilot program. We intend to target young, at-risk adults. Our programs for young adults are designed to deliver middle-skills training for direct employment with manufacturers in the Dallas/Fort-Worth Metroplex, as well as spark creativity to start their own businesses, making products with the tools of digital fabrication.

Forest has been a long-time supporter of the Fab Lab Network, working with labs from Kenya to New Mexico and donating equipment at the annual Fab Lab meeting. 



On Thursday, November 14 the Forest CNC machine will be unveiled at WorkChops. Forest will conduct a CNC machine basic principles workshop from 1 – 5 p.m. This workshop is open to any interested member of the community; the cost is $25 and includes refreshments. You may register here until tickets show “Sold Out.”



At 6:00 p.m. that evening, WorkChops will be holding a public ribbon cutting with John Martincic, Forest CEO, and Sarah Boisvert, founder of the New Collar Network Digital Badge program. The evening event is free and refreshments will be served.


What’s a Fab Lab?

Read all about it here on our Adult Programs Page.

What’s CNC About?

Watch a video interview with John about how Forest Scientific serves the technical education market here.

What’s the New Collar Workforce?

Sarah Boisvert explains her work, the Digital Badge Program, and the meaning of “a New Collar Workforce” in this video.