Everyone has good ideas. Few have the time, the space, the tools and the team to get an idea into action and give it the right shape. The FabLab Zurich is more than a workshop, it is a melting pot for creative people, a showcase of Zurich, a FabCafé, a guerilla development site (“designing instead of consuming”), a design free-space for social innovation, a global experiment.
FabLab literally stands for Fabrication Laboratory = manufacturing laboratory. A FabLab offers users access to the latest manufacturing techniques with a focus on digital production. The idea was originally developed at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) by Neil Gershenfeld. The first FabLab started there in 2002. Widely used are 3D printer, laser cutter, CNC machines. But each FabLab is different and therefore unique and follows the principles of the Fab Charter. Worldwide, there are already over 150 FabLabs (September 2012). (more…)