On the 1st edition of NewCO Barcelona, we attended at Fab Lab Barcelona.

Fab lab intro

A Fab Lab (or fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop for personal digital fabrication, equipped with an array of flexible computer controlled tools and various materials, with the aim to make “almost anything”.

Fab Lab Barcelona is based in the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Poblenou district. We’ve been receiving an introduction talk about Cities as a re-conversion tool for the urban environments.

We were so amazed about the place that we could’nt catch many notes, so we will  just show you some pictures and leave you with Fab Lab web introduction about it. We really recommend you to just visit it.

A Fab Lab is a technical prototyping platform for education, innovation and invention. To be a Fab Lab means connecting to a global community of learners, educators, technologists, researchers, makers and innovators- -a knowledge sharing network that spans 50 countries and 24 time zones. Because all Fab Labs share common tools and processes, the program is building a global network, a distributed laboratory for research and invention.
Activities in fab labs range from technological empowerment to peer-to-peer project-based technical training to local problem-solving to small-scale high-tech business incubation to grass-roots research. Projects being developed and produced in fab labs include solar and wind-powered turbines, thin-client computers and wireless data networks, analytical instrumentation for agriculture and healthcare, custom housing, and rapid-prototyping of rapid-prototyping machines.
Fab Labs include the following machines: a laser cutter that makes 2D and 3D structures, a sign cutter that plots in copper to make antennas and flex circuits, a high-resolution CNC milling machine that makes circuit boards and precision parts, a large wood router for building furniture and housing, and a suite of electronic components and programming tools for low-cost, high-speed microcontrollers for on-site rapid circuit prototyping.

Originally designed for communities as prototyping platforms for local entrepreneurship, Fab Labs are increasingly being adopted byschools as platforms for project-based, hands-on STEM education. Users learn by designing and creating objects of personal interest or import. kuka robot Empowered by the experience of making something themselves, they both learn and mentor each other, gaining deep knowledge about the machines, the materials, the design process, and the engineering that goes into invention and innovation. In educational settings, rather than relying on a fixed curriculum, learning happens in an authentic, engaging, personal context, one in which students go through a cycle of imagination, design, prototyping, reflection, and iteration as they find solutions to challenges or bring their ideas to life.
Special thanks to Ania Garcia for the great photos.