Featured Fab Lab: FabCafe, 3D Printing and Coffee in Tokyo
Featured Fab Lab: FabCafe Tokyo
FabCafe is a space that conveys the FAB spirit in a fun, delicious and easy to understand way. In the center of Shibuya, an area overflowing with youthful energy, FabCafe provides a space where people can enjoy making things in an exciting environment furnished with a variety of digital fabrication tools, including a laser cutter and 3D printers.
More approachable than a Makerspace, FabCafe allows customers to rent the high tech equipment by the half-hour, and enjoy a coffee and snack while waiting for something to be fabricated.
Chiaki Hayashi and Mitsu Suwa opened this FabCafe in Tokyo, Japan last year, and there are plans to expand to Taipei and Barcelona this year. Tim Wong is partnering with Hayashi and Suwa to launch FabCafe in Taipei this coming May. As for the planning for FabCafe Barcelona, it is still in a very early stage and the effort is led by one of Tim’s friends locally in Barcelona.
Here is one of incredible projects that have come out of FabCafe: a 360 Panorama Book.
Below is a video of customers participating in a workshop at the FabCafe’s CUBE area, where they can use 3D scanners and 3D design software.
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Note: Article was updated to provide proper credit to Chiaki Hayashi and Mitsu Suwa for their founding of FabCafe Tokyo.