The concept of Fab Lab was developed by Neil Gershenfeld from MIT during a class 'How to make almost anything'. It's an abbreviation of Fabrication Laboratory. Since then, Fab Labs have developed into a global network of standardized open hardware setups. Fablab Amsterdam is situated on the first floor of the Waag monument in Amsterdam.
At Fablab Amsterdam, Waag Society offers workshop formats for education, like FabSchool, Teacher Maker Camp and several Academy programmes in the field of digital fabrication, biotechnology and textiles. We also use the Fab Lab as a rapid prototyping facility for our own projects. The Fablab in Amsterdam is part of a global network, sharing knowledge and ideas.
The Open Hardware approach is in line with the Open Source and Open Content (CC) communities. Fablab Amsterdam also participates in the international Fab Academy, a distributed course in digital fabrication from MIT. Waag Society regularly schedules events that use 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.