About Nova Labs
Nova Labs is a membership-driven all-volunteer makerspace based in Reston, Virginia that was founded in 2011 with the purpose of empowering everyone to Rediscover the Joy of Making Things!
Our current 10,500 sq. ft. facility located at 1916 Isaac Newton Sq West houses classrooms, workspace, incubator offices and a shop that includes both common tools and advanced fabrication equipment. Members enjoy 24-7 access and help co-manage our space by teaching classes, maintaining equipment, and promoting making in the community.
Nova Labs members support a wide range of open source development projects that benefit both the local community and the world! Consider joining today to learn how and meet the people behind these projects!
As a community, we confront the reality of the creative process and embrace the investment, struggle and failure required to make something great. By fostering natural curiosity, we teach that there is joy in finding solutions to challenging problems. This is a message we actively promote to build the confidence and accept failure as a necessary rite of passage to achieving great things.
To support our purpose of empowering the community to become makers, we provide classes in programming and engineering fundamentals, building and using devices such as 3D printers, drones, laser cutters, Arduinos, robots, and CNC machines, and fundamental engineering and prototyping skills such as wood working and carbon fiber mold making.
Our Mission is to provide a community workshop where people can learn, teach and collaborate on technical and industrial works; and to promote the usefulness of competence in the technical and industrial arts to the public and, to serve as a center of information about the technical and industrial arts for members, schools, other interested groups, and the general public.