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 Fab Lab ICC is located in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on the main campus of Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas. The Fab Lab is a creative space providing community members and students access to advanced manufacturing and digital fabrication tools for: 

  • Making things for fun
  • Learning academic and vocational skills; 
  • Developing innovations and inventions; 
  • Creating businesses and items for business promotion; and 
  • Producing personalized products. 

Fab Lab ICC belongs to the International Fab Lab network, obtaining our charter in March of 2014 when there were 200 Fab Labs in the global network initiated by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). We were the first such fab lab at a Kansas community college when we opened on October 1, 2014. As of May 2018, there were 1278 Fab Labs in the world on every continent except Antartica.  Activities, classes and seminars include not only training to operate the lab equipment, but also instruction in Entrepreneurial Mindset by the Ice House Entrepreneurship program and creativity and design inspired by the methodology of the Stanford University Design School, (“d.school”). 

Access to the Fab Lab ICC and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available to Community members, entrepreneurs, business owners and and students through:

Low-cost annual memberships for community members;

Enrollment in related ICC courses or community classes/seminars; 

Participation in Youth Boot and STEM camps and 

Student tours from area educational institutions. 

                                                                                                        






Learn more about Fab Lab ICC:

Many of these articles were written by director Jim Correll and published in the Independence Daily Reporter.

Top 10 Things to Know about Fab Lab ICC

A summary of how we came about, what we do and how we are structured.

Top 10 Ways Fab Lab Benefits the Community 

A summary of the ways we believe our Fab lab benefits our broader community of area and region.

The History of Fab Lab ICC

Quite frequently we are asked about how we got our start and have grown so quickly to become the world's largest Fab Lab or maker space in a market/population area of 50,000 or less.

Growth Accelerator

Our collection of tools and coaching for all those looking to launch, grow or re-invent a business, whether full time or part time.  

Fab Advisor

Create your own private, custom, virtual advisory board to communicate with about your business model, products and services. Advisory board members come from people you choose among your friends and family and people you select from our network.



Directions to Fab Lab ICC:

Fab Lab ICC 

2564 Brookside Dr

Independence KS  67301

 

N 37d 00.772'

W 95d 43.361'

Elevation 784ft


From Independence, the intersection of US 75 and US 160 (corner of West Main and South 10th Street (Walgreens), come south 1.8 mi. to the convenience store at S. 10th and West College Avenue.  Turn right and head west 0.7 mi. to the corner of Brookside and West College Ave. (ICC water tower at the corner). Turn left and head south 0.2 mi. to the Cessna Learning Center. Please come to the parking lot south of the building and enter through the east-facing door at the southeast corner.

From ICC West, head east 1.5 mi. on West Main St. to South 10th Street.  From South 10th Street, come south 1.8 mi. to the convenience store at S. 10th and West College Avenue.  Turn right and head west 0.7 mi. to the corner of Brookside and West College Ave. (ICC water tower at the corner). Turn left and head south 0.2 mi. to the Cessna Learning Center. Please come to the parking lot south of the building and enter through the east-facing door at the southeast corner.

From Coffeyville, the corner of highway 166 and CR 3900, come north through Dearing to the convenience store at S. 10th (CR 3900) and West College Avenue.  Turn left and head west to the corner of Brookside and West College Ave. (ICC water tower at the corner). Turn left and head south to the Cessna Learning Center. Please come to the parking lot south of the building and enter through the east-facing door at the southeast corner.


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2564 Brookside Drive | Independence, KS 67301

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