At the miniFabLab
The miniFabLab explores affordable desk-top fabbing machines. The focus is on their potential for home, artists, smaller schools, makerspaces, libraries and mobile. We look at their possibilities, limitations and ease of use. See What We Do.
[I announced the 2K FabLab at FAB12 Shenzhen]
The miniFabLab is in my garage of 18 m2 in the inner city of medieval Utrecht in the Netherlands.
All equipment is on cabinets on wheels as it has to hold the car as well (and my model railroad).
All stuff can now also go to schools/libraries etc in a bike trailer – see FABSLADDA in the menu at left.
In the spirit of the Fab Charter people are welcome to use the miniFabLab: FullSpectrum lasercutter, Ultimaker Original+, Ultimaker2Go, Silhouette Cameo, Mantis Mill, Sense Scanner.
Send me an email and I will move the car out and you can do your thing. Foreign fabbers can even stay overnight in comfort, as the miniFabLab sleeps two on request. Like these two from the US and recently these three from France that all came on bicycle.
bart [at] minifablab [dot] nl
Over the past years the miniFablab has become less of a makerspace and more of a place to discuss the potential of smaller en midsize fabbing machines.
Why this? My job was technology assesment for a multinational company and I was part of in WAAG Society. In 2007 I got involved in the first Dutch fablab during the ‘El Hema’ exhibition. There I met real ‘makers’. And I perceived disruptive technology around the corner. At that time the fablab concept in the Netherlands was pioneered by Frank Oxener, Hanne van Essen en Dirk van Vreeswijk. I got interested in a main FabLab for Utrecht, Protospace. And in small fabbing machines. Nine years later we have almost 70 fablabs in the Benelux, plus serious initiatives. See www.fablab.nl.
The mini FabLab is on-line with other fablabs around the world. The MIT inventory advises H.323/SIP videoconferencing as the general communications facility between labs. At the miniFabLab we tap in with an old MacBook running the free cloud based Linphone. SIP address of the MIT MCU is 188.8.131.52. See here for details. [Do no longer try JabberVideo, Cisco discontinued JabberVideo in Nov 2015].