What is a FabLab?
Fab labs are a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access to tools for digital fabrication
Fab labs share an evolving inventory of core capabilities to make virtually (almost) anything, allowing people and projects to be shared
What is in a FabLab?
WHO CAN USE A FABLAB?
Fab labs are available as a community resource, offering open access for individuals as well as scheduled access for programs
Commercial activities can be prototyped and incubated in a fab lab, but they must not conflict with other uses, they should grow beyond rather than within the lab, and they are expected to benefit the inventors, labs, and networks that contribute to their success
How can businesses use a fablab?
Fablab UP Cebu, Cebu’s first Fablab and the second in the Visayas, is a partnered venture between the Department of Trade and Industry Cebu and University of the Philippines Cebu’s Product Design program. Created alongside a Negosyo Centre (government-funded business incubator) and its co-working space, the Fablab aims to equip makers, design students, professionals, MSMEs, and the public with democratic access to advanced prototyping, printing, and related equipment, as well as training/workshop facilities.
Widely known as the furniture capital of the Philippines, Cebu shoulders 60% of all the country’s exports. This industry has developed a pool of traditional artisans and makers who have supplied skills, not just the furniture industry, but also for jewelry, gifts, toys and housewares manufacturing sectors. Running parallel to this is Cebu’s deeply rooted mercantile culture, breeding an urban environment receptive to entrepreneurship, startups and technological ventures.
The establishment of a Fablab in Cebu encourages these industries to experiment beyond traditional manufacturing practices and to nurture a culture of interdisciplinary innovation and education. Its primary target clientele is the general public needing design and prototyping services as well as student and professional designers needing training workshops in basic and advanced design, engineering and electronics in general; in particular, the application of new digital technologies in the current art and design practice.
PRODUCTS OF FABLAB
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STiiTCH, short for Students’ Teachers’ Innovation, Incubation for Technologies and Commercialization Hub, serves as the unifying office for UP Cebu’s different shared services facilities: ITSO, TBI, FabLab, GoNegosyo, and Creative Digital Media Production Center. It aims to cater to aspiring entrepreneurs and encourage people, especially students, to think of ideas to create innovative solutions that can be both helpful and profitable.
STiiTCH serves as the unifying office for UP Cebu’s shared services facilities: ITSO, TBI, FabLab, GoNegosyo, and Creative Digital Media Production Center.
STiiTCH encourages creativity and hopes to instill an entrepreneurial mindset to people starting with our constituents. They also aim to create an ecosystem that encourages interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration.
They cater to everyone (UP constituents and external clients) with innovative ideas, products, and/or services for commercialization.