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Material is synonymous with substance, and is anything made of matter – hydrogen, air and water are all examples of materials.
Sometimes the term "material" is used more narrowly to refer to substances or components with certain physical properties that are used as inputs to production or manufacturing. In this sense, materials are the parts required to make something else, from buildings and art to stars and computers.

A laboratory is a facility that provides controlled conditions in which scientific research, experiments and measurements may be performed. The title of laboratory is also used for certain other facilities where the processes or equipment used are similar to those in scientific laboratories. In recent years government and private centres for innovation in learning, leadership and organisation have adopted "lab" in their name to emphasise the experimental and research-oriented nature of their work.

Design is the planning that lays the basis for the making of every object or system. It can be used both as a noun and as a verb and, in a broader way, it means applied arts and engineering. As a verb, "to design" refers to the process of originating and developing a plan for a product, structure, system, or component with intention. As a noun, "a design" is used for either the final (solution) plan (e.g. proposal, drawing, model, description) or the result of implementing that plan in the form of the final product of a design process. This classification aside, in its broadest sense no other limitations exist and the final product can be anything from clothing to graphical user interfaces to skyscrapers.

Designing often requires a designer to consider the aesthetic, functional and many other aspects of an object or a process, which usually requires considerable research, thought, modelling, interactive adjustment, and re-design. With such a broad definition, there is no universal language or unifying institution for designers of all disciplines. This allows for many differing philosophies and approaches toward the subject. However, serious study of design demands increased focus on the design process.

A workshop is a room or building which provides both the area and tools or machinery that may be required for the manufacture or repair of manufactured goods.

In transport industries, workshops can be distinguished from garages, which are primarily used for storage, servicing and minor repairs. In education, a workshop is a brief intensive course, a seminar or a series of meetings emphasising interaction and exchange of information among a usually small number of participants.

In art, a workshop can be another name for a large studio that involves assistants or can be the name given to lessons taught by an artist where skills are shared with students. It may include theoretical as well as practical tips and exercises for learning the art.

E-workshops is the use of Internet technologies to provide workshop meetings, emphasising interaction and exchange of information normally between a supplier and its customer. Usually with a small number of participants which are located in different locations.