fablab amsterdam

The first Fab Lab in The Netherlands, opened in 2007. 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.

 

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.

 

Teachers in Dutch education can get acquainted with the newest maker technologies at Teacher Maker Camp.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Waag proudly presented another group of Fab Academy students and their final projects. In an intense six month program the participants created projects such as the Leafbot, a robot that collects leaves from the ground, and the Item Watchman, that notifies you when leaving items behind in public.

 

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.

 

Another year, another Fab Academy. Sitting in the anatomical theatre in the Waag building, we watched as intrepid makers from from Seoul to Nairobi presented the results of their hard work to the home Fablab at MIT. This year, over fifty Fablabs from around the globe tuned in to demonstrate their creations via webcam.

 

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

 

During the FabSchool Kids workshops, the young participants discover a world of 3D printers, programming, and advanced graphic design applications. Four of these workshops have already taken place, so the kids are now busy building and designing their own inventions.

 

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

 

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!

 

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.

 

Fablab Amsterdam was present at the Amsterdam Maker Festival at De Kromhouthal in Amsterdam Noord on 31 May 2014.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Designer Mickael Boulay visited the O&P World Congress to present the Low Cost Prosthesis. Looking at the exhibitions and the lectures, the two sides of the prosthetic world (which were visible already a few years ago when our Low Cost Prosthesis project kicked-off) still face each other.

 

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.

 

Don’t throw out your old toothbrush just yet because you can make fun robots out of them. In the last edition of Fabschool Kids, the kids learned how to make their own Bristlebots.

 

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.

 

Within the framework of the European campaign Science, it's a girls thing, NEMO in Amsterdam organized a thematic day for pupils in secondary education on 30 November 2012. This event attracted 250 pupils from the 4th class of HAVO and VWO.

 

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.

 

The official and festive launch of CLICKNL took place during the Dutch Design Week on Tuesday, October 23 at Klokgebouw (HAL C) at Strijp-S in Eindhoven. For the launch of CLICKNL, Waag took care of a spectacular opening with an animation.

 

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.