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.


Ook in 2019 is het weer mogelijk om gedurende vijf maanden de Fab Academy te volgen bij Fablab Amsterdam in de Waag. Inschrijven is mogelijk tot 25 december 2018.


Alle deelnemers aan de Fab Academy 2018 hebben hun projecten gepresenteerd. Een overzicht van de deelnemers in Amsterdam.


10 jaar geleden opende een van de eerste onafhankelijke Fablabs van Europa haar deuren in Amsterdam. De ‘moeder der maakplaatsen’ was niet alleen een plek voor hackers en nerds die met machines wilden spelen, maar een ruimte waarin een nieuwe visie op design en productietechniek de rol van de consument rigoureus heeft veranderd.


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.


FabCity in Amsterdam was gratis te bezoeken op de kop van het Java-eiland. Met veel voorbeelden van toegepaste duurzame bouw.


Begin april 2016 verschijnt een tijdelijke, gratis toegankelijke campus op de Kop van Java-eiland in het oostelijk havengebied van Amsterdam.


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.


De 11e jaarlijkse Fab Lab conferentie wordt dit jaar gehouden in Boston (VS). Opnieuw zullen vanuit de hele wereld Fabbers gezamenlijk een interactief programma samenstellen met hands-on workshops, presentaties, planning meetings, project demo's, Fab Academy afstudeerpresentaties, Global Fab Awards, een Fab jeugdprogramma en uiteraard vele informele (maak)bijeenkomsten.


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!


De Fab Academy heeft mij de mogelijkheid geboden om mijn ideeën niet eeuwig in mijn hoofd te houden maar deze tastbaar te maken. Mijn stempel te drukken op de samenleving.


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.


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.


Al in 2007 vestigde Waag de eerste Nederlandse Fablab in Amsterdam. Inmiddels zijn er meer dan 150 werkplaatsen wereldwijd.


Op zaterdag 19 januari 2013 is een nieuwe makerspace in Amsterdam geopend: ZB45. ZB45 is een loods aan het Zeeburgerpad 45. In de voormalige metaalwerkplaats ontstaat een mix tussen een Fablab, Makerspace en traditionele werkplaats.


This year, the annual conference of the international Fablab community on implications and implementations of digital fabrication, Fab8, was held at the Massey University in Wellington New Zealand. The worldwide Fablab community is growing rapidly. There are now about 145 Fablabs and this number is doubling every two years. In New Zealand, the Mãori culture is very strongly interwoven in society. No wonder the opening ceremony of Fab8 begun with a welcome talk (Mihi Whakatau) in Mãori language, followed by a special song, and then the greeting ritual - nose on nose with each other.