At Fablab Amsterdam anyone can realize their ideas, and with the aid of digital equipment transforming those ideas into prototypes and products. Fablab Amsterdam is situated on the first floor of the Waag monument in Amsterdam.
The concept of Fablab was developed by Neil Gershenfeld from MIT during a class 'How to make almost anything'. It's an abbreviation of Fabrication Laboratory. Since then, the Fablab has developed into a global network of standardized open hardware setups. People from all over the world are using it to create and develop their own ideas and solutions.
Waag Society offers workshop formats for education, but also uses the Fablab as a rapid prototyping facility for its own projects. The Fablab in Amsterdam is part of a global network, sharing knowledge and ideas, connected to each other by using an advanced video conferencing system. Fablab Amsterdam is open on Saturdays for the general public to come in and realize their own ideas (on appointment). But come prepared: work out your ideas and designs before you visit the Fablab!
The Open Hardware approach is in line with the Open Source and Open Content (CC) communities. In other words, anyone using the Fablab is committed to share the knowledge, for others to benefit from. Fablab Amsterdam also participates in the international Fab Academy, a distributed course in digital fabrication from MIT. Waag Society regularly schedules events that uses the facilities of the Fablab.
The first (temporary) Fablab in Amsterdam was opened during the El HEMA exhibition (24 August 2007). Most machines of this Fablab moved to Waag Society in 2008, then housed in Pakhuis de Zwijger. In 2010, Fablab Amsterdam moved to the first floor of the Waag on the Nieuwmarkt.
This project is made possible by a subsidy from the Creative Industries Fund NL.