Fablab Amsterdam provides tools and machines for digital fabrication. A Fab Lab is a place for learning and innovation: a place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor, to invent.
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 standardised open hardware setups. Fablab Amsterdam is situated on the first floor of the Waag monument in Amsterdam.
At Fablab Amsterdam, Waag offers workshop formats for education and the Academy programmes in the field of digital fabrication, biotechnology and textiles/new materials. 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.
Fablab Amsterdam also participates in the international Fab Academy, a distributed course in digital fabrication from MIT. Waag regularly schedules events that use the facilities of the Fablab.
The first (temporary) Fab Lab in Amsterdam was opened during the El HEMA exhibition (24 August 2007) at Mediamatic. Most machines of this Fab Lab moved to Waag in 2008, then housed in Pakhuis de Zwijger. In 2010 Fablab Amsterdam moved to the first floor of the Waag on the Nieuwmarkt.