At the miniFabLab
The miniFabLab explores affordable desk-top fabbing machines. The focus is on their potential for home, artists, schools, makerspaces, libraries and mobile. We look at their possibilities, limitations and ease of use. See What We Do.
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).
I am working now on the MAKERKAR, a Library Makercart 120x70x120 with a full minifablab on board to go to libraries. And schools. The MAKERKAR is a serious project. Open source. Replicable everywhere in the world for libraries, schools, hospitals etc. With an air filter for inhouse use.
Prototype March 2018 here.
As a proof of concept that you can carry all the gear I made a FabLab2Go in a bike trailer. See pics below and FABSLADDA in the menu at left. Was fun to develop.
In the spirit of the Fab Charter people are welcome to use the miniFabLab: FullSpectrum lasercutter, Ultimaker 2+, 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 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 assessment 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. Ten years later we have almost 75 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 22.214.171.124. See here for details.