Prijswinnaars Universiteit Eindhoven naar MiniMakerFair Eindhoven 29-30 mei

Studenten van de Universiteit Eindhoven hebben in 2015 al verschillende prijzen gewonnen met hun favoriete hobby: Scooter Sprint. De twee studenten, Peter Hobo en Benjamin Buis, nemen deel aan de NSSC: het Nederlands Scooter Sprint Championship. Het doel is om kampioen van 2015 te worden en dat lijkt ze aardig te lukken. Het sleutelen aan de scooter doen de studenten zelf, met behulp van fablabs in de buurt, zoals Fablab013 in Tilburg.

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Opening iForesee City Lab in The Hague

At, we received an invitation from Markolf von Ketelhodt, for the opening of the Klok CityLab. Klok CityLab is new place in the center of The Hague for students to:

  • start their business,
  • test their innovative concepts,
  • organize activities,
  • meet other Tinkerers and
  • study.

Markolf (his friends call him: Marki) asked us to share his invitation with Tinkerers, Entrepreneurs and Innovators to join the festivities at Thursday August 27th 2015 from 18h30 until 21h00. So, the invitation from Marki for the opening of iForesee City Lab in The hague below is for you!

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Projectontwikkelaar gezocht

Waag Society is op zoek naar een projectontwikkelaar (32-40 uur p.w.) ter ondersteuning van nieuw te ontwikkelen projecten voor het Fablab Amsterdam, Open Wetlab en Open Design Lab.

De projectontwikkelaar is verantwoordelijk voor ontwikkeling, uitwerking en financiering van vernieuwende creatieve projecten binnen het programma en de samenhang met overige activiteiten binnen Waag Society.

Meer informatie is hier te vinden.

Internships at Fablab Amsterdam

Waag Society is looking for interns who want to gain experience and knowledge in digital fabrication and possibly open hardware/design. You will work in one of the oldest Fablabs in Europe, which aim is to empower people to make and understand products and processes, for more transparency and shared knowledge.

The lab researches different topics, such as hypercrafting, understanding the relations between craftsmanship and digital fabrication, open design, open hardware, toolkits, developing new ideas in the field of design and healthcare (with projects such as the Low Cost Prosthesis).

Interested, or do you know someone who might be? Visit this page for more information and applications.

Intern Takuma at FabLab Amsterdam


MITAlmost a thousand people from fablabs from all around the world met in Boston for FAB11. Main venue was an enormous airconditioned tent at MIT campus. And wifi galore.
Following our motto ‘How to make (almost) anything’ Neil Gershenfeld challenged us to fab in one day a submarine that could take a person two meters under water. We (almost) did.

With my courageous roommate Jean Michel Molenaar (LabManager Fablab Grenoble) as diver.


Off to FAB11


This weekend quite a few of us (and from Ultimaker) will be off to Boston for the FAB11 conference.

The conference is sold out with some 800 participants and the schedule is broad (use your up and down arrows to scroll through it).

With a heavy Symposium on Thursday and Friday, and a FabFest on Sat and Sun.

I will be there all week and if you have a specific interest, you can reach me at bart [at] or on twitter as @makerbart.

Here a 35 min doc of FAB10 in Barcelona last year.

Tour de France – Recike a bike

What to do with a broken bike from a makers eye ?
Reorganize and saw it a bit.
Then again sit on it.

But Ouch!
Metal tubes look cool
But rubber tubes sit hot.















Fablab question: were these white parts 3D printed ?

Nieuwe serie FabSchool Kids in de Waag

Ook in 2015-2016 worden weer vier FabSchool Kids cursussen gegeven bij Fablab Amsterdam in de Waag op de woensdagmiddagen. FabSchool Kids is bedoeld voor kinderen van 10-12 jaar (groep 7 en 8 van het basisonderwijs) en is gericht op leren door te maken, creativiteit, (samen)werken en knutselen met techniek. FabSchool ondersteunt kinderen in het ontdekken en ontwikkelen van eigentijdse vaardigheden, waardoor ze beter zijn toegerust op de maatschappij van morgen.

Aan elke FabSchool Kids-cursus kunnen maximaal 20 kinderen meedoen. Meer informatie en inschrijven op De deelnameprijs is inkomensafhankelijk.


Knikkerbaan gemaakt tijdens fabSchool Kids

Tour de France – RepRap to Bicycle

Strange étappe?

Well, here a historic pic from September 2009: at right Erik de Bruin and Bart Bakker with a first RepRap at Protospace.

For that we had to silicon mold and cast the first connection pieces from Adrian Bowyers drawings at the fablab. Then we could print those pieces for a next Rap: add some tubes and rods and there we went. But it proved hard to get a RepRap square.


reprap 1st mtg at protospace

[Erik de Bruin is one of the founders of Ultimaker and drives a TESLA now.
Bart Bakker takes care of and drives an EVEO bike].


Now 6 years later suppose you want to 3D print a bicycle. Instead of welding you could use 3D printed lugs (connection parts) and rods/tubes. Like with the RepRap.

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It was done recently by Stephan Schürmann / ColorFabb. The parts were printed on an Ultimaker with XT-CF20 carbon-fiber plastic filament. See the bike and its open source cad-files on Youmagine.

Tour de France – Just cut from sprue

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It is the start of the Tour de France all over the place here in Utrecht. We are looking with a fablab eye.


Do you need a bike? Just cut from the sprue and screw.












Lowrider Sawyer, an art project by Jurgen Kuipers, as seen at Kunstliefde Gallery in Utrecht.





If you want to drive a Sawyer, you can order a full functional kit, with all parts, before they are glued and welded to the sprues. And a one page instruction sheet.

Le Tour de France – Makers were first

TdF compThis weekend the Tour de France 2015 starts in Utrecht.

Did you know the concept of a Tour de France comes from making, not cycling.

Makers were first.

Every maker has to learn how to make things: the law of practice. If possible: learn from diffferent masters in different places.

In France there is a living tradition in many professions:
Le COMPAGNONNAGE, with its Tour de France!

A Compagnon learns a craft and travels around France to different ateliers (and masters) to hone his proficiency. His Tour de France may take 4 to 6 years. So it is not just learning a craft, it is Bildung in the classical sense.

This is so unique, that Unesco has put it on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity:
“Compagnonnage, network for on-the-job transmission of knowledge and identities”

Don’t be mistaken: it is a modern concept with dozens of houses, centres de formation and a University. compagnonnageBBut it dates back to the 13th century.

At the end of his Tour de France a Compagnon will make his masterpiece, demonstrating what he learned. Many masterpieces of the past are preserved in les Musées de Campagnonnage de France.

Compagnons traditionally share their knowledge, like fablabs do. If you read french, see the basic principles of the Compagnonnage. Kind of Fabcharter XL.