About the Labs

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AS220 Industries is a community Maker Space that offers affordable, project-based, experiential learning in digital fabrication, printmaking and media arts. By providing access to studio space, tools of the trade, and varied training opportunities, AS220 Industries fosters a diverse and dynamic environment for learning and making. With our democratic and hands-on approach, students are encouraged to engage in peer-to-peer learning and teaching as they explore, create, and innovate.   


AS220 Labs is a community engineering and fabrication studio, part of an international network of  Fab(rication) Labs. AS220 Labs is a growing community of technology-literate artists and makers of all ages, participants in a growing movement to provide democratic access to the tools of technology through open hardware and software. AS220 Labs offers access to computer-controlled machinery and other resources, affordable hands-on electronics and fabrication instruction, a vibrant learning community, and Fab Academy, a certification program in digital fabrication directed by Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s Center For Bits and Atoms (CBA).

The Labs also serves as an essential resource for the  young artists engaged with The Fabratory, a core program of AS220 Youth.

AS220 Labs promotes a DIY ethic through the use of open source technology, publicly accessible digital design and fabrication resources, and  affordable technical education.

We welcome new collaborators of any age or experience level. 

At AS220 Labs, we build things, we break things, we create things, and, most importantly, we help people learn how to make things themselves. In our Labs, you can learn how to make machines from scratch, you can learn how to build computers and robots and play with lasers, or, you can drop by and hack away on your own projects in the company of other like-minded mad scientists.

Fab Academy at AS220 Labs

Fab Academy was created by Center For Bits and Atoms Director Neil Gershenfeld to fill the need for advanced instruction in the Fab Labs beyond what was locally available. The  intensive six-month certification program in digital fabrication, links groups of students and instructors through online video collaboration and lectures by a global faculty. At the Fab Academy, you learn how to envision, rapid prototype, and document your ideas through hours of hands-on experience with digital fabrication tools. You can learn more about and apply to the program here: www.as220.org/fabacademy


Open Hours

Wednesday – Thursday, 10am – 10pm
Friday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Closed to the public Monday and Tuesday

Reservations are offered in 2-hour blocks during Open Hours.

Industries Staff or members are available during these times to let other members in, restock supplies, help with safety procedures, and offer help or advice where they are able. If you ring the bell to the Labs and no one answers, try the bell for the Printshop; the spaces are connected!

Office Hours*

Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm
*Office hours are open to Members and by appointment


Location

We are located in downtown Providence, on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Mercantile Block, 131 Washington St. To access our entrance at the rear of the Mercantile, take Lucie Way, the pedestrian walkway adjacent to the AS220 Project Space gallery at 93 Mathewson St. You will pass rear entrances for our tenants (The Stable, and Viva Mexico) as well as a general building entrance for residents. If coming from the opposite direction our entrance is the set of doors just beyond the AS220 Printshop.  We share an entrance with AS220 Media Arts.

Lucie Way features a bike rack (a custom AS220 bike rack no less) for your convenience. For detailed directions to the Mercantile Block and/or information on parking in downtown Providence, please visit the Contact, Hours & Directions page

Elevator and Handicap Access  The Mercantile Building is equipped with elevator access via the building’s front entrance. Follow directions to call the Labs on the call box; a staff person will buzz you into the building. Feel free to contact us with any specific concerns regarding accessibility.


Our Staff

Shawn Wallace, Labs Manager
Phone: 401.831.9327 x.203 /// Email: shawn.wallace(at)as220.org


AS220 Labs offers CNC Services including

  • Laser Cutting 
  • Routing / Milling e.g. copper plate etching
  • 3-D Printing
  • Vinyl Cutting e.g.professional signage

You can hire an assistant to work with you at AS220 Labs, schedule an instructor to teach you one-on-one, or hire the Labs to conduct a private group workshop.*

We teach all age ranges.

The base rate for most contracted services is $30/hr plus cost of materials

Private instruction and hired assistants may be subject to a minimum booking (typically 4 hrs).  A  24 hour cancellation policy applies.

For a quote on your project or to discuss private instruction, please contact the AS220 Labs Manager or AS220 Industries Coordinator.

 

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Live Arts Venues

Main Stage:
The AS220 Main Stage hosts over ten events a week and is a 200 capacity performance venue and gallery space. The venue contains 4 powered main speakers, three monitors, in house compression and efx, projection / dvd capabilities, and a 6 foot screen. A full inventory can be viewed here.  While the Main Stage hosts a wide array of artistic programming, it primarily is used as a concert venue. It is located at 115 Empire Street.

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Black Box:
The Black Box is an extremely versatile 90 capacity performance theatre. It has a surround sound system, Subwoofer, digital projector with 8′ X 12′  screen, and full theatrical lighting. The space focuses on theatrical and dramatic works and encourages users to customize the space to suit the needs of their production. The Black Box is on the first floor of 95 Empire Street.

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Dance Studio:
The dance studio hosts regular dance, yoga, and fitness classes and is available for rental for rehearsals and private instruction. The Dimensions of the marley floored room are  28′ X 42′ and it is equipped with mirrors, ballet barres, an easy to operate sound system and sunlight!

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Psychic Readings:
Psychic Readings is an intimate and mysterious multi-purpose room. It has a capacity of 45, but also has an “Annex Room” which moonlights as an art gallery. Psychic Readings is run in conjunction with the AS220 Artists in Residence on the third floor of the Empire Street building.

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