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Every Thursday

Open Fablab

Fablab Amsterdam is open every Thursday between 10:00 and 17:00 hrs. During the open day, designers and artists collaborate towards new visions on open design and production technology. By granting access to 3D printers, lasercutters and other machinery that used to only be available for big manufacturers, consumers are enabled to make something by- and for themselves. For the Fablab, empowering a maker mindset is crucial.


Fablabs are a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access for individuals to tools for digital fabrication.


You can use the Fablab to make almost anything (that doesn't hurt anyone); you must learn to do it yourself, and you must share use of the lab with other uses and users.

During the open days you can use the machines in the lab if:

  • You have done any of the Academies (Fab Academy, Fabricademy or BioHack Academy).
  • You have followed the maker skills course at Waag for the machine you would like to use.
  • You have been approved for use by us in another way.

Use of the machines is on appointment only and depending on availability.


Training in the Fablab is based on doing projects and learning from peers: you're expected to contribute to documentation and instruction.

The users of a Fablab are active people that help each other, in order to solve their problems. They also document how to solve the problem to help the community.

In Fab Labs we don't use the concept of author, patents or copyrights.

We use the philosophy of 'open design', co-creating, learning with the peers, sharing the information with the community, sharing documentation with the network in order to democratise the knowledge and the access to new technologies and achieving a more innovative project


Practical information

  • Entrance to the Fablab on Thursday is free (reservations are not necessary).

  • The open day is held every week, except national holidays and the annual holiday periods (July/August and Christmas).
  • Please bear in mind that the size of our Fablab does not make it suitable for group visits.

  • Fablab Amsterdam is situated on the first floor of the Waag monument in Amsterdam.






Nieuwmarkt 4
1012CR Amsterdam

Due to her monumental state the Waag building does not have elevators. A gender neutral toilet is present on the first floor.