Newsletter - March 2012

Here is the March 2012 Newsletter of the International Fab Lab Association. We will inform you about what is happening in our association and abroad and how you can participate. Feel free to forward it further!


  • From the board
  • Picture of the month
  • Reading and watching
  • Upcoming events
  • Statistics
  • Colophon

From the board

From left to right: Alex, Betty, Hiro, Lass, Pieter, Axel, Lindi, Peter

In our board meeting via Skype on March 12th, we focused on FAB8, the next international Fab Lab conference that will take place in Wellington (New Zealand) from 22-28 August 2012. We will cooperate with the organizers to facilitate those who cannot attend in person, not only to see and hear what is happening, but also to communicate in some way. Further we will discuss with the organizers some other ideas to strengthen our community via exchange and cooperation. And, of course, we will have our second general members meeting there, including elections for 1/3 of the offices in the board.

The preparations for Fab Academy 2, the new academy dedicated to setting-up and running a Fab Lab, which should start in September 2012, are still on track.Klaas Hernamdt & Co. needs another two weeks to have the first draft of their design document ready. We will forward it to all members with a request for comments ASAP. Contact:

Coming soon: member pages on our website. As soon as they become available, we will sent account details to all members.

Our next board meeting has been scheduled for April 16th 2012. We will send you our April Newsletter one week later.

FABulous greetings!

Picture of the month

What are you seeing, where on earth is this found and what is its relation with Fab Labs? The answer will be revealed in our next issue.

The picture in the February 2012 issue of our Newsletter showed the mobile Fab Lab from South Africa. It is mainly used to visit schools. Once fully unfolded the youth can sit outside, but sheltered, while the machines keep their fixed positions inside.

Reading and watching

- For those who missed this earlier: Fab Lab Sevilla (Spain) published "FABWORKS; Diseño y fabricación digital para la arquitectura; docencia, investigación y transferencia". You can freely download the cover (2 MB) and the contents (72 MB) from

Raspberry 450
Raspberry Pi 25 USD Computer - The Raspberry Pi Foundation (a UK based charity) has developed the Raspberry Pi computer. It is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming. Price: USD 25! See also:

Upcoming events

For the latest information, check our website at




Our association has 114 members (individual persons). If you know people interested in becoming a member, let them fill in the form you find on

There are now 127 Fab Labs. Please, check your ratings at!
Statistics 1mar12
Contact: Lindi Mophuti.


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Of course, you also can contact our board members directly:

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