What is Fab? | You Fab 2012

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What is Fab?

Fab is the fabrication revolution spreading around the world. Thanks to technology, anyone can now fabricate almost anything they want.

The appeal of fab:

・Fab is fun for those who like design and art, particularly people who like making things.
・The ideas don’t come from marketing departments but from people thinking, “I want this!”
・The user is often the same person as the maker or sometimes a loved one.
・The excitement of seeing a design made into a real thing, from bits to atoms.
・Moving from the era of mass production to the era of mass customization.
・A design for a physical object like a bike can be emailed anywhere and fabricated.
・It’s even possible to fabricate something as big as a house.

(Reference: Neil Gershenfeld (2005) Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop—From Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication)


What is FabCafe?

FabCafe inside

FabCafe is a new café in Shibuya, Tokyo, where people can eat, drink, and fab in an exciting environment.


Designs created at FabCafe

Since March 7, 2012, we’ve had over 600 fab customers at FabCafe. Below is a small selection of the amazing creations that have been made with our laser cutter. For more creations, see here.

Mac Fab
Mac Fab Nighit!
Mac Fab Nighit!

Wood Fab
Original coaster with LED incorporated electronic circuit

Paper Fab
A girl walking in a card

Acrylic Fab

Fab with Other Materials
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