It is the newest addition to the Roma Makers family, but it’s also the first Italian FabLab fully equipped for all digital manufacturing techniques within middle and elementary school. The FabLabaro – in Via Flaminia between Saxa Rubra and Prima Porta districts, has opened the last November 11 and it’s housed in an institute which over the years has shown a keen artistic, technological and creative interest, as evidenced by the active project since 2013 with the MAXXI of Rome.
The choice of creating a FabLab in the art workshop – instead of in the IT - was born from the desire to increase the chances of contamination and stimulate creativity in a continuous dialogue between manual and digital, between traditional and innovative techniques. The project FabLabaro has been developed by ODA Officine Rome Makers, by the XV Municipality of Rome, by the institute of Largo Castelseprio and the district association of “Verde Labaro”. It’s a true technological cutting edge laboratory, equipped with all the standards required by the Bits & Atoms Department of M.I.T. Boston, in line with the standards set by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research.
Up to 2:30pm The FabLab is for the exclusive use of the school, but from 4:30pm the laboratory opens and everyone can deal with activities ranging from digital narrative to DIY 4.0, but also robotronica (robotics and electronics) and digital art. There are a lot of equipment and digital tools: four 3D Printers; two cutting plotters (one of them has printing capabilities); a 50W Laser cutting machine; an electronics and Robotics lab; a cutting and sewing workshop for interactive fabrics and wearable electronic components; a CNC milling machine.
These technological tools pull up alongside traditional arts and crafts equipment such as scissors, glue, calligraphy markers, brushes and even a heat-press for textiles. It’s a real Creative Atelier in line with the highest European standards and it will allow students and citizens acquiring basic skills and professionalism in the digital age.
robotics and electronics