digital fabrication

Digital modeling and fabrication is a process that joins design with production through the use of 3D modeling software or computer-aided design (CAD) and additive and subtractive manufacturing processes. 3D printing falls under additive, while machining falls under subtractive. These tools allow designers to produce material digitally, which is something greater than an image on screen, and actually tests the accuracy of the software and computer lines.

Digital fabrication is the process used in a Fab Lab (Fabrication Laboratory) to create things.

 

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Fablab Amsterdam is open to the public on Thursday afternoon (12:00-17:00 hrs).

 

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A nice article by Tessel Renzenbrink in Elektor Magazine clearly captures the essence of the Fab Academy. Now downloadable as pdf!

 

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Fabricademy is a transdisciplinary course that focuses on new technologies applied to the textile field. Applications are now open.

 

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The Fab Academy edition of 2020 will start in January 2020. Applications for 2020 cycle will start in September 2019.

 

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The Fab Academy of 2019 is coming to an end. On June 19th, you can visit Fablab Amsterdam to follow their presentations.

 

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As part of the group assignment of this year's Fab Academy at Waag, a Marble Calender Machine was made.

 

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Talks & exhibition on creative research, speculative design, sustainability and social innovation in the field of fashion, textiles and materials.

 

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In 2019 it is again possible to follow the Fab Academy for five months at Fablab Amsterdam in the Waag. The deadline for applications for Fab Academy 2019 is December 25th 2018.

 

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The Fab Academy edition of 2019 will start mid-January 2019. Fablab Amsterdam will be one of the nodes in the Fablab network offering the course.

 

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What kind of prototype for an open healthcare solution can you develop in eight weeks? We look back at the projects of the first series MakeHealth Prototyping.

 

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All participants of the Fab Academy 2018 have presented their projects. An overview of the graduates from Amsterdam.

 

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Interested in DIYBio but don’t know where to start? Come and join the next BioHack Academy!

 

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Fab City Global Summit 2017 in Copenhagen. Fab City is a global push to promote the development of locally productive and globally connected cities.

 

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The Fab Academy edition of 2018 will start in January 2018. Fablab Amsterdam will be one of the nodes in the Fablab network offering the course. All information about the academy can be found at fabacademy.org.

 

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Marleen Stikker and Pieter van Boheemen of Waag will be present at a meeting at Pakhuis de Zwijger on November 16th about self-sufficient FabCities.

 

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Marleen Stikker of Waag is one of the speakers at the public dialogue programme of the FabCity Summit, at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam on 20 April 2016. Earlier on the same day, Frank Kresin (research director) will attend the expert meeting at the FabCity Campus.

 

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There is a lot to discover during the European Maker Week! Amazing events will be held around Europe and you are invited you to join them, because everyone can be a maker. Fablab Amsterdam will be open on Saturday 4 June for all makers. Come in and create your own project, use our makers guild to finish your design or hire one of our digital machines.

 

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Each year, members of the more than 1,000 worldwide Fab Labs gather to share, collaborate, explore and, of course, fabricate.

 

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Digital Fabrication is radically changing the way we design, build and live (in) our cities. Since digital designs can be created, shared and materialized at the touch of a button, the ancient art of building is rapidly opening up to vastly more people and organizations than ever before.

 

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The Fab Academy of 2015 is coming to an end and the Full Certificate students of this year in Amsterdam have been very busy working at their final presentations. On June 10th, you can visit the Fablab Amsterdam to see their presentations. In a live video connection, all students wordwide will present their projects!

 

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Waag is collaborating with One Architecture and Filson and Rohrbacher to conceptualize a future Design/Fabrication Laboratory in Amsterdam. We’ll be joined by Testa & Weiser Inc, Jelle Ferenga, DUS Architects, and many fabrication industry leaders, to develop a blueprint for a D/F Lab that will advance Amsterdam’s architecture, construction and development-ecology.

 

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A Shapeways User meeting will take place on August 24th at Fablab Amsterdam, which is an awesome location in the heart of Amsterdam full of 3D printers, laser cutters, a HUGE milling machine and all kinds of user-created models.

 

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After Fab Lab 'La Casemate' in Grenoble was set on fire as an anti-technology protest, a crowdfunding campaign now helps to rebuild the lab.

 

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Ten years ago Waag opened one of the first Fablabs of Europe in Amsterdam. On 4 November 2017 we celebrate this anniversary with a Talkshow and Makerfest in the Waag.

 

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During the annual Museum night in Amsterdam on November 4th, we will redesign our Fablab into a futuristic playground for makers.

 

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On 4 November 2017, we're raising our glass to celebrate ten inspiring years of maker culture at Fablab Amsterdam, the first Fablab in The Netherlands!

 

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Imagine vibrant communities of people, working together in an open, transparent, fair way, building their cities, their living and learning environments together. Imagine a Society 4.0.

 

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A 'Maakplaats' is a maker space at one of the Amsterdam public libraries (OBA), containing a similar set of machines as a Fablab. Not so visible for the public is the training programme for employees of the municipal public libraries we organise. We are training a whole new team of coaches that will run the maker spaces at the OBA libraries.

 

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For the 8th year in a row, a group of skilled students graduated from the Fab Academy at Waag. Students from 39 countries came together via a video conference to present their final projects to each other. In this 6 month-course students broaden their (mechanical) knowledge and learn how to work with the tools and machines that you find in a Fab Lab.

 

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Each year, members of the more than 1,000 worldwide Fab Labs gather to share, discuss, collaborate and create communities around the different local and global interests regarding digital manufacturing, innovation and technology.

 

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What started from a very personal interest in small wooden playthings, evolved to become a quest to find the right bend between wood and digital technology. Recent TU/e graduate Ismael Velo Feijo explains his graduation project MISC. Magic Toys.

 

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Amsterdam has e new creative workspace. After its official opening TextileLab Amsterdam—located on the Nieuwmarkt—will be open to those who want to experiment with new forms of textiles, clothing, materials, and digital fabrication.

 

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Architect Christopher de Vries (of Rademacher & de Vries), maybe familiar to some of you working on the Amsteldecks project, is milling an art work showing four beautiful reliefs of an old mine in Southern Limburg.

 

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The Textile Academy focuses on combining the knowledge of traditional, current, and future craftsmanship to work towards new, relevant ways of producing, making, and designing for the slowly changing textile and fashion-industry. We will investigate how the textile and fashion industry can benefit from new technologies, processes and business models. And you can be part of it!

 

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For Maptime, developer Bert Spaan created a nifty online tool to extract the data of a street pattern, and turn it into an object. You can simply choose your favourite part of the city and create a vector image (svg) of it. This svg can be used at digital machines, like they have at a Fablab or other makerspace, to fabricate a sticker (with the vinyl cutter) or laser it from wood.

 

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Seven students from three different educational programmes of the ROC of Amsterdam collaborated in the project Crossover Experience.

 

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3D printers, like the Ultimakers we have in our Fablab, use a kind of plastic to create objects, usually PLA, which is biodegradable and is derived from renewable resources.

 

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What can a large industrial multinational learn from a Fablab, that makes new digital technologies accessible for the public? Saint-Gobain came to the Waag last year, to experiment with other ways of thinking, working and making.

 

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Every Saturday at 10 am there will be a new episode of the series Zelfgemaakt (Homemade) online! In this series, our Pieter van Boheemen explains how you can make things. In Dutch, yes.

 

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As an outcome of the Design/Fabrication lab project, we have put together a report, that is now available as a free download.

 

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To explore the fascinating (though sometimes tumultuous) landscape of modern architecture, Waag recently hosted an evening of presentations from five architectural experts within the Design/Fabrication Lab project to discuss their current work in the context of their changing profession.

 

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The last years I wondered about the buzz around digital fabrication. While studying architecture at the Technical University of Delft (2003 - 2010), I experimented with this technology to create architectural models. As design and education professional in the cultural field (2010 - present) I used this technology in practice. It took me years to learn how to use these tools within my design process.

 

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The users of our Fablab that visit the Open Day will now find a giant new laser cutter in the space, dwarfing our previous machine.

 

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Over the years, students and interns from Fablab Amsterdam have created several low-cost prosthesis prototypes using various materials (like pineapple fibres and recycled plastic). Recently, intern Angelika Grundmann worked in our Fablab at a pvc prosthetic foot and a so-called "kneewalker" to test the prosthesis. Earlier results from 2014 can be found in the documentation here.

 

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TCBL develops transformative business models for the textile and clothing sector in Europe.

 

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The Design/Fabrication Lab was an initiative to build an urban digital fabrication laboratory, school, and factory for the future.

 

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3D printing is a hot topic in the news at the moment and everyone seems to be interested when you’re talking about it. Seven paramedical care students of the minor Care Technology (at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) had the opportunity to work with it. Twan van Dam and Felix van Balgooi investigated the possibilities of 3D printing in the paramedical care at Waag's Fablab.

 

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After completing this first BioHack Academy you can grow your own fuel, food, filaments, farmaceuticals, fragances, fungi and much more funky bio stuff at home

 

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Bo Reurings recently continued the research for a low-cost, self-adjustable prosthesis at Fablab Amsterdam.

 

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One Architecture and Waag both are researching how digital (fabrication) technologies can change the field of architecture. 3D design, scanning, printing and milling, social networking, all these and other technologies are changing how we make things, fitting to our local contexts and personal needs.

 

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How attached are makers to their objects and what are the effects of digital DIY on the environment?

 

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After the first Fab Night making kalimbas, this time we focused on bookbinding with a machine to make your own beautiful sketchbooks.

 

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At the first Fab Night we organized on the 5 June 2014, we started with an amazing workshop: building your own kalimba in just one evening!

 

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On June 4th, students of the Waag's Fab Academy (as well as several guests from other Fab Labs around Europe) presented their final projects to a global audience through a live video conference.

 

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20-05-2014

Fab Night #4

Not interested in the World Cup? In June we experiment with an evening opening of the Fablab - on the Thursday nights of 5, 12, 19 and 26 June you can visit our Fablab at the Waag after work hours, use the machines or have a drink.

 

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20-05-2014

Fab Night #3

Not interested in the World Cup? In June we experiment with an evening opening of the Fablab - on the Thursday nights of 5, 12, 19 and 26 June you can visit our Fablab at the Waag after work hours, use the machines or have a drink.

 

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At the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam-North from 30 May till 1 June 2014 the Amsterdam Maker Festival will take place. Fablab Amsterdam will be present at the festival together with dozens of other makers with a new fashion line by Cecilia Raspanti of Fablab Amsterdam, live photoshoots and much more.

 

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For the event 'What design can do', senior curator of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Paola Antonelli, came to The Netherlands. On the day before the event she visited three top design locations, one of them being Waag. She made a tour guided by Sabine Wildevuur of our Creative Care Lab and was showed the Fablab Amsterdam on the first floor of the building.

 

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On 12 March 2014, a network event for self-employed media specialists will be organized at the Waag with an innovation workshop at Fablab Amsterdam.

 

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Smart textiles are fabrics that enable digital components and electronics to be embedded in them: intelligent clothing or wearable technology for instance. What can smart textiles mean for well-being? How can they help caregivers and patients?

 

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From 15-21 September 2013 the Amsterdam Urban Innovation Week 2013 will be held, initiated by Pakhuis de Zwijger in collaboration with PICNIC, Waag, the Amsterdam City Council and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

 

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17-07-2013

WEAVE - ZigZag

With the project ZigZag we stimulated children, their families and teachers to learn more about cultural and historical topics. Our main tool for this? The art of Textile.

 

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Curious about biotechnology and interested in fabrication and design? The BioFab Bootcamp is an intense 5-day workshop on biotechnology and digital fabrication. During this event we will learn how to improve our balance with nature through design practices. The bootcamp puts bio back into your hands and extents your professional skills as a maker, designer, artist or scientist.

 

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On 21 June 2013 we launched the Makers Guild at the Waag in Amsterdam.

 

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Meet our lasercutter, a machine that cuts the most delicate forms and shapes in a broad variety of materials and our vinyl cutter. Whether you go for a tight sleeve for your laptop or a photo portrait made of wood, the laser cutter is ready to go.

 

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Discover the Shopbot for advanced users. The Shopbot is a large milling machine that enables you to make anything from furniture to large scale models or carvings. With the machine you can cut and carve wood, plastic, styrofoam and many more materials. This course is for people who already have some experience with the machine, but want to explore it further.

 

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Meet our lasercutter, a machine that cuts the most delicate forms and shapes in a broad variety of materials and our vinyl cutter. Whether you go for a tight sleeve for your laptop or a photo portrait made of wood, the laser cutter is ready to go.

 

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28-05-2013

Makers Guild

The Makers Guild connected craftsmanship, digital personal fabrication and biotechnology.

 

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Meet our Shopbot: a large milling machine that enables you to make anything from furniture to large scale models or carvings. With the machine you can cut and carve wood, plastic, styrofoam and many more materials. Whether you want to make your own chairs, skateboard or wooden portraits: the Shopbot makes it possible!

 

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Alex Schaub visited the Salone at Milan on invitation of Carmine Deganello.

 

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The Sample Book made at Fablab Amsterdam includes samples of materials and new technologies to communicate the potentials to textile and fashion designers working at our Fablab.

 

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For the project ‘Low Cost Prosthesis’, our designer Mickael Boulay is currently working on an adjustable connection part and a foot. To get relevant feedback and to be able to make the next steps, he gathered experts in the Waag for a meetup.

 

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We just started learning the amazing things that can be done with 3D printing, and now reseachers of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT are presenting a 4D printer. A what?

 

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So you think you can dance? Build a robot from your toothbrush and join the battle!

 

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On Saturday, January 12th, our Fablab was all about the Golden Age. Visitors made personal art based on our history and on the work of the old masters.

 

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'Meet the Fablab': a workshop series to introduce the different machines of the Fablab.

 

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At the end of October 2012, the Rijksmuseum launched Rijksstudio, an open collection of 125.000 works of the museum. We showed people what you can do with this collection at the Bijenkorf stores in Amsterdam and Eindhoven.

 

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Fab Academy is the distributed educational platform of the worldwide network of Fab Labs. Fablab Amsterdam is one of the participating labs, the 2013 programme starts January 23rd, 2013.

 

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Op 2 juni vindt de Nacht van Kunst & Wetenschap in Groningen weer plaats. Tijdens De Nacht kun je op 14 locaties in de binnenstad van Groningen kennismaken met nieuwe muziek, theater, dans, wetenschap, kunst, cabaret en bijzondere experimenten. Waag is te vinden in het Academiegebouw met de Low Cost Prosthesis.

 

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Belgrade has been burned down 19 times in history, including the recent bombings 13 years ago. It is a city, which has been rebuilt and reused over and over. The historical layer cake won’t go unnoticed when walking around the streets of Belgrade. It is like this superficial versioning system showing its revisions and forks like an open source syste

 

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This session is to gain practical DIY Bio experience. This time we will assemble the OpenPCR for sure! The Fablab will be open, ensuring you can start turning your idea into reality instantly.

 

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11-05-2012

Fabbed food

On May 9th our first Waag Open – Get Together was held. We invited about 70 interns and artists who work or have worked at Waag.

 

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In the Fablab Low Cost Prosthesis programme we developed the technology to produce a 'lower knee' prosthesis in line with the open innovation principles.

 

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8-03-2012

Hypermud

During the three days of the PICNIC Festival 2011, the NDSM Wharf saw an exceptional sculpture emerge.

 

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Fablab Yogyakarta was a collaboration between Waag and the House of Natural Fiber (HONF), Yogyakarta, Indonesia to set up a Fablab in Indonesia.

 

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The FAB6 Conference was held from 15-20 August at the Waag in Amsterdam and several locations in The Netherlands.

 

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The design of products is no longer reserved for professional designers only. With today's computer-driven prototyping machines, anyone can make designs and print them in 3D.

 

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8-03-2012

Fab Academy

The Fab Academy provides instruction and supervises investigation of mechanisms, applications, and implications of digital fabrication.

 

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A Living Lab is about experimentation and co-creation with real users in real life environments, where users together with researchers, firms and public institutions look together for new solutions, new products, new services or new business models.

 

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Snoezelen or controlled multisensory stimulation is used for people with mental disabilities, and involves exposing them to a soothing and stimulating environment.

 

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At Fablab Amsterdam anyone can realize their ideas, and with the aid of digital equipment transforming those ideas into prototypes and products.

 

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On 29 July 2011, the HONFablab in Yogyakarta, Indonesia was inaugurated.