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Workshop reports: News from the Fablabs and the maker scene

A new manual, which was appropriately published as an open access manual, helps to found new Fablabs. A new makerspace will be presented this month and two more fablabs have just moved before the reopening.

In Reinach has opened a new makerspace and is happy about those interested who want to join in the tinkering. Since the summer, the workshop has been set up in the old industrial building at Kägenhofweg 7, as a temporary use. The “livelihoods” coffee machine and internet connection are already in place. Building on this, various projects continue step by step: A recycling station and a wooden cart bring order to the space, and a shelf to accommodate electronic projects is to follow.

(Image: Makerspace Reinach)

The 3D printers are also ready for use, one of which has been brought back up and running in the space. A laser cutter, a CNC machine and a Lora gateway are also being planned. For creative tasks, a wall plotter is still in the works, which will cover up to 8 x 3 meters large canvases. Every Wednesday and Friday evening we continue to work on the equipment and projects, with the focus on having fun and spending time together.

In October it has Fablab Siegen reopened, at its new location in the House of Innovations at Sandstrasse 26. This is also where the start-up initiative Startpunkt57 and the founding office of the University of Siegen are located. The Fablab is open on Wednesday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and can be used free of charge. The move was necessary because the previous shelter, the Herrengarten, was being demolished.

Room with full shelves and six desks with people wearing face masks.

(Photo: Fablab Neuenstadt)

In Neuenstadt, the Fablab has also been open again since October – and moved quickly to Öhringer Str. 24 (former Binnig locksmith’s shop).

Up to In the future, smartphones should be repairable for 10 years – So continue to receive software updates and spare parts, so the initiative’s request Right to repair. She turns to the European Commission with a petition. Martine Postma, founder of the Repair Café Foundation and Kyle Wiens, co-founder of ifixit, have already signed. The petition can still be signed until the end of the week. It is then to be handed over to the Commission before it receives its new one Circular Electronics Initiative introduces.

In the course of the corona pandemic, the number of repairs fell significantly, reports the Repair Café Foundation. In the first two months of 2020, the Foundation’s RepairMonitor recorded an above-average number of repairs – so there was basically an interest in repairs.

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Schools and educational initiatives that implement technology projects from 3D printing to robot construction can now receive financial support of up to 2,500 euros. To this end, the Joachim Herz Foundation and the VDI set up a technology fund at the beginning of October. He is supported by the foundation with 150,000 euros per year.

Aren’t there enough fablabs in the world already? No, say the authors of the new one Manuals FabLabs: Setup, Financing, Operation, Research & Teaching. They have put together their experience from four Fablabs in Germany in order to help other interested parties with the establishment and development. As an open access publication, the manual is both available in the printed version, as well as available as a free download.

These and other dates are constantly updated in our event calendar. You can also enter your own dates there. Do-it-yourself places near you can be found in our makerspace card – The upcoming Maker Faires are also listed there. Did we miss something? Then we look forward to your advice. (hch)

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