MAKE:’s 3D Printers Buyers Guide 2016 is out
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.
Of course they are no match at all for the $100k MIT standard fablab machines, but for a more modest ambition they can be quite useful. Programming tools for electronics are omitted at as they do not scale.
And we help people setting up a FabLab or a Makerspace.
At the FAB9 Conference in Yokohama (Aug2013) we got the request to explore a Small Fablab Suite of machines for ‘the $10k fablab’, which is a nickname for a small fablab/makerspace in the range between 10 and 15k.
We hardly look at 3D printers any more, as they are abundant now, but at small lasercutters, like the gamechanging Glowforge Oct2015, mills and hybrid developments, like the Makerarm Kickstarter Oct2015.
The miniFabLab originated when at PROTOSPACE we noticed that most people wanted to use the lasercutter. There is always a queue on front of the Epilog.We also noticed that most folks do not want “to make almost anything” (MIT’s adagium), but want to make almost any small thing. So we looked for additional capacity by small laser cutters and that was the start of the miniFabLab as a makerspace.
Under ‘Lasercutter’ attention is given to the LaOS open source initiative, aiming to complement a low cost laser cutter with an open hardware driver board and open source software. A stable version of the driver board is available now.
This simple site is updated frequently, as we consider ourselves at the wheel amidst technology …
Bart Bakker at museum ‘de Pont’, Tilburg – Rosemarie Trockel, Kinderspielplatz, 1999
bart [at] minifablab [dot] nl