fab lab

A Fab Lab (or fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication, generally equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make "almost anything". This includes technology-enabled products generally perceived as limited to mass production.


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.


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


Healthcare demands and solutions are changing rapidly. Open-source hardware will play an important role in the future.


As the means of digital fabrication become mainstream, the challenge of the maker movement lies in defining its values of sustainability, openness and critical making more visibly, says Marleen Stikker at the celebration of a decade of Fablab Amsterdam.


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.


Running our Fab Lab Amsterdam for over eight years now we are regularly asked to share experiences on how to set up a lab yourself. Early on we realized that setting up a lab is not simply putting a set of machines in a space.


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.


The gap between utopian thinking and actual implementation in cities is becoming smaller through the bridges laid out by technology. Commitments from city governments and urban communities alike are setting the example for social innovation, and moving beyond the lab space into the cities themselves. Yet, important questions are emerging.


It’s been a month full of travelling and meeting new people, for the Creative Learning Lab. After our visit to FabLearn in Denmark, we were invited to FABelgrade in Serbia. FABelgrade is the first FabLab conference in Serbia, organised by the people of FabInitiative, Polyhedra and Fablab Belgrade.


We, Robin van Westen and Karien Vermeulen, were invited to visit and present at FabLearn Denmark in Aarhus and Silkeborg. The conference brought together educators, Fablab crews, researchers and people from municipalities to share work and look towards the future of maker education.


The FabCity campus in Amsterdam showed many practical examples of sustainable housing.


Early April 2016, a temporary, freely accessible campus will be built at the head of Amsterdam’s Java Island in the city’s Eastern Harbour District. Conceived as a green, self-sustaining city, the FabCity campus will comprise some 50 innovative pavilions, installations and prototypes. Waag will be present with activities of our Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab.


In context of the EU project GRAGE (short for ‘Green and Grey in Europe’), I visited Munich for two weeks. GRAGE focuses on the growing population of older adults (55+) in European cities. The programme aims to accumulate knowledge about environments that support green and healthy lifestyles for an aging population. We look at ‘aging’ as a creative challenge, instead of a burden, and investigate how elderly can (continue to) contribute in a so-called ‘silver economy’.


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.


The 11th annual Fab Lab Conference will this year be held in Boston (US). Drawing from over a decade of field experience, Fabbers are creating an interactive Fab11 program that includes hands-on workshops, talks, planning meetings, project demonstrations, Fab Academy graduation, Global Fab Awards, a Fab Youth track, informal opportunities to connect and fabricate and, of course, fun celebrations of our network. Join your colleagues at Fab11 and expand the impact you have on your world!


An interesting video conversation with Neil Gershenfeld, founder of the FabLab, physicist and the Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms. He is the author of FAB.




People and things will be more connected to each other than ever before, making access more important than ownership. Openthings is a platform for people to learn from one another and develop projects together. Through teaching each other, people should be able to develop projects further than they can on their own.


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.


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


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!


The Fab Academy has offered me the opportunity to not keep my ideas in my head forever, but to make them. Putting my own, tangible stamp on society.


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.


On Friday April 4th, an introduction workshop on traditional Urushi lacquer technique was organised at the Makers Guild / Fablab Amsterdam in collaboration with FabLab Kamakura (Japan) and with Dr. Kenji Toki (Japan) as lector.


In the past months our designer Mickael Boulay has worked at the Fablab on the prosthesis project 'Low-cost prosthesis', to build a new prototype.


The annual international meeting of FabLabs, FAB9, was held in Japan this year in Yokohama. FabLabs from all over the world came together to meet each other, to exchange knowledge, participate in special workshops and events, listen to lectures and present their research results.


On May 24th, Alex Schaub was invited by the Rome Maker Faire organisation to give a presentation about the Fablab Amsterdam. An impressive mixed audience of 650 people showed up to see and meet Neil Gershenfeld, the founder of the Fablab movement.


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


Already in 2007 Waag established the first Dutch Fablab in Amsterdam. Right now, there are around 150 of these workplaces worldwide.


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.


On Saturday 19 January 2013 a new makerspace opened in Amterdam: ZB45. ZB45 is a former metal working space at the Zeeburgerpad 45 in Amsterdam, where a mix will emerge between a Fablab, a Makerspace and a more traditional workspace.


This year Fab8, was held at the Massey University in Wellington New Zealand. The worldwide Fablab community is growing rapidly.


On 30 May 2012, through a live video link at the Theatrum Anatomicum of the Waag in Amsterdam more than 50 end presentations could be followed from fourteen Fablabs around the world. On the screen we jumped from that very special project on one end of the world to another at the other side.



Timelab Gent

The Open Design Lab visited Timelab in Ghent (Belgium). A short report.


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