Makers on Wheels
At FAB12 in Shenzhen I presented a session on mobile fablabs. I could update this section of minifablab.nl.but googling 'mobile fablabs' - images works too.
There is a growing interest in mobile and small fablabs and makerspaces.
The traditional $100k fablab is expensive and has a limited reach because of its fixed location, mobile labs can extend that reach.
The essence of mobile is that you don't come to the lab, the lab comes to you. For awareness, education or just plain making.
Mobile fablabs come in all sizes, costing from far over $100k to under $5k. From a 16 meter long trailer
to no wheels at all
Buses, trucks, trailers, trikes, it is worth looking to all of them.
However. A fablab used to be a makerspace that adheres to the Fabcharter. A place where you can make (almost) anything, so with at least a lasercutter.
Now schools and libraries are calling their creative DIY-place also their makerspace, even if they have no digital machines.
Our focus is on mobile fablabs that have digital machines: so at least a lasercutter. Just a 3D-printer is not enough.
We will be looking at the hardware side of moving a lab around. And from an european perspective, as for its size and cost the MIT or Omaha trailer is no option for Europe. But there are lessons to be learned from them.
The theme of FAB12 was: Labs making Labs. So we will also look at them from a makers’ DIY perspective. As designing and constructing a mobile lab really is fun.
My energy now goes to the MAKERKAR.