FABSLADDA URBAN MAKERCART – a pop-up mini FabLab or Makerspace

Bart Bakker had the idea to design an URBAN MAKERCART as a mobile pop-up fablab or makerspace.

a. It should bring a full miniFabLab: lasercutter, vinyl cutter, 3D printer and an electronics workbench. And optional a CNC mill.
b. Be able to pass through any standard door (say 80 cms) in schools, libraries, community centers, hospitals, biolabs, events or any place where a temp fablab would be required.
c. Propellable by an (e-)bike, but also be transportable in the back of a car.
d. Be deployed quickly, say within ten minutes.
e. Replicable in a fablab anywhere in the world and open source.

It was a proof of concept for the MAKERKAR.


Then IKEA announced their SLADDA bike trailer, which looked like an ideal platform for the makercart.

[June 2018: IKEA had discontinued the Fabsladda bike for transmission problems, but the trailer is still available]

We tried it and so the FABSLADDA was born. It got all of the above on board, except the small mill.  That is 45 kgs of maker gear.


Basically it is a carry-all box plus a cover that doubles as a table. For easy storage the cover will (just) nest into the empty box. The trailer itself got four retractable legs for stability. See this Instructable with their cutting file.

Recipe: get a SLADDA at your local IKEA (€169), get some plywood and bolts (€80), head for a FabLab and lasercut the pieces. Bolt and glue together.

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And there you have a mobile fablab. That goes anywhere, passes through doors, and folds out into a 1.85 m long makerspace. It only needs power.