Introduction: Manufacturing in the Digital Age 

Training Goals

Introduction to Fab Labs and the world of digital manufacturing.


Transform your idea into an object with Fab Lab!
This introduction to Fab Lab will highlight the numerous possibilities offered by these hubs of digital creation and manufacturing. Fab Labs are beneficial for numerous interests, such as science and technology, rapid prototyping, the creation of small series, repairability, eco-design innovation, co-creation, networking. The training session includes an introduction to basic concepts in electronics and the manufacturing of a Canary, a fine particle sensor for air quality, using a pre-manufactured kit and equipment available in Fab Lab.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn about:

  • The Fab Labs charter and community
  • Possible applications
  • Using drawing software
  • Using 3D printing, cutting machines (laser, vinyl), and more.


  • Short talks
  • Demonstrations
  • Exercises
  • Implementation

Target Audience

Teachers, self-employed workers, entrepreneurs, artists, inventors, students seeking to acquire digital skills.


Virtual tour of the space and introduction to the world of Fab Labs

Training and support

Making a Canary


Annie Ferlatte, Eco-design mediator

Annie has a background in architecture, industrial design and strategic eco-design. The latter specialization has allowed her to combine creative and technical tools to have a more holistic vision of improving environmental standards. She received part of her training at the EDDEC Institute (Institut de l’environnement, du développement durable et de l’économie circulaire). A graduate of Fab Academy, Annie is currently an eco-design mediator at Communautique.

François Auclair, Fab Lab mediator

François is a Fab Lab mediator at echoFab, the Communautique Fab Lab. His expertise spans CNC machines, electronics and manufacturing methods. He assists users in carrying out their projects. A graduate of Humanities, François was also trained at Fab Academy (2017) and is currently a Fab Academy instructor.

Practical Information

Venue: Suite 330 at 55 Rue de Louvain Ouest in Montreal, H2N 1A4
Duration: 1 day (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)