Presentation

What is a Fablab

The concept of FabLab (Fabrication Laboratory) was invented by a MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) professor in the beginning of the 90’s. FabLabs are open to public and provide a working space, machines, tools and electronic materials to everyone.
The various publics (young to aged, different professions, and varied experiences) come with different objectives: personal experimentation, conception of new technologic objects and production of prototypes. The FabLabs around the world constitute meeting platforms fostering exchange of ideas and collaborative creations.

To be qualified as FabLab, a fabrication workshop should adhere to the charter stated by MIT. Fablabs have created a very active network around the world, both in the domain of technological innovation as well as in the progress of avant-garde concepts.

What is Atelier Fablab

  • Atelier Fablab is a working space equipped with machines, electronic material, and tools.
  • Atelier Fablab mission is to share and mutualize knowledge and tools to enable experimentation, creation and innovation.
  • Atelier FabLab has 3 missions for different types of public :

Educational

Public
Children, teenagers, students and adults
Offer
  • Workshops
  • Holiday camps
  • Regular courses
Objectives
Become familiar and learn how to master the tools for technological innovation.

Professional

Public
Entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, architects, artists
Offer
  • Renting: machines / the working space
  • Training on the machines
  • Expertise and service to support creators
Objectives
Allow people working on a project to have tools, machines and space

Experimental

Public
Non professionals, handymen, keen do-it-yourselfer, makers*
Offer
  • Workshops and courses
  • Projects follow-up
  • Time slots of “Open Fab”**
Objectives
For the makers* who need a space and tools which match their creative ambitions

* The maker culture is a contemporary culture born from the “Do it yourself” philosophy. The movement upholds a more ecological vision of the society by recycling, resource sharing and artisanal production.
** Open of FabLab to the public.

First FabLab in Beijing

When an engineer and two artists decide to change the world.
Sébastien Thomas (Areva engineer), Marianne Daquet (founder and director of Atelier Art School) and Adeline Parrot (director of studies and operations at Atelier Art School) decide to combine their know-how to create the first FabLab in Beijing in order to create a hub of education and technological experimentation unique in China.

The space

Atelier Fablab has a space of 100m2 located in Beijing Chaoyang district. The setting up is divided in two separate rooms:
A big principal room of around 50m2 dedicated to the workshops and courses. A second room with producing machine tools, computers and common work space.

This collaborative space is designed to facilitate exchanges and make possible the creation of projects or meetings. The space is friendly, open, bright. The Ecological footprint is reduced to a minimum in accordance with environmental responsibility which is one the core value of Atelier FabLab. The design of the Fablab will be in continuity with the learning spaces created by Atelier Art School.

Atelier Art School, the Creative Experience

Founded 2012, Atelier Art School has launched the first high quality artistic out-of-school art classes in Beijing. Since then, it has developed into a comprehensive educational project, operating two branches in Beijing.

Marianne Daquet, Atelier’s director and founder has created a unique pedagogy based on her experiences as an art student and art teacher for more than 20 years in France and in Beijing. She profoundly believes that creativity can change life and dedicated her life to passing on her belief that art education can make the difference.
This experience is about Creativity, Education, Confidence, Ambition and Pleasure.

Atelier’s core values, the values that make us love our job and strive to give the best of our experience and knowledge.

By pooling, the workspace, the educational experience of Atelier’s team, and the en-gineering experience of Sébastien, Atelier opens up a new branch, extends its offer to create a unique educational product in Beijing mixing creativity and technology.

Fablab network

The FabLab Network (www.fabfoundation.org) is an open, creative community of fabricators, artists, scientists, engineers, educators, students, amateurs, professionals, ages 5 to 75+, located in more than 40 countries in approximately 200 FabLabs. The platform is a curated, interactive directory of these locations.

List of fablabs in the world