FabLab - Ars Electronica Center
Interactive exhibition and workshop area within the Ars Electronica Center. Hands-on experiments, lectures, and gallery covering rapid prototyping and digital manufacture and making it experienceable for visitors.
The Ars Electronica FabLab focused on making computer aided design and fabrication accessible for users and spans from interactive installations for intuitive first experiences to custom designed software for easy access to fabrication tools. Everybody entering the museum is allowed to use the FabLab and its equipment: interactive installations, customized design software, 3D scanner, laser cutter and 3D printer as well as get inspired by the massive amount of projects in the gallery: best practice examples from design, art, and industry and projects built in the lab.
Overview of the Ars Electronica FabLab, Exhibition Area
Illustration from the publication "Introducing the FabLab as Interactive Exhibition Space"
Originating at the MIT, Fablabs have spread all over the world with the goal to provide widespread access to modern means for invention. The AEC builds on this approach, extending the infrastructure with interfaces for children and unexperienced users to provide an intuitive access to digital production within the museum. Design Area, Fabrication Area and Gallery provide extensive possibilities and an overview about current developments.
Designing and building the FabLab was part of my work at Ars Electronica Futurelab.