A fabulous FabLab idea: the portable FabBike

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If you want to make, or learn about making, but don’t have all the tools or equipment yourself, then the place to turn to is FabLab! FabLabs (Fabrication Laboratories) are public workspaces dotted all over the world inspiring minds to make the things they dream up and actually providing them with the tools to do so.

A typical inventory of a FabLab is a rapid prototype machine like a 3D printer, 3-axis CNC machines, printed circuit board milling, microprocessor test stations and cutters like laser cutters. Or in other words, a very cool place to be if you’re passionate about making things!

FabBike Cafe

The main focus of FabLabs is learning and education and to help spread the word the FabBike came into being. It’s essentially a miniature FabLab that can be taken around London to cafés, libraries or anywhere they can find an audience and bring the spirit of making into those areas. Being able to move a FabLab around and inspire those who may never have known about FabLabs, is a great asset.

A key part of the kit for the FabBike is the Ultimaker 2 Go. Its compact lightweight design makes it so easy to carry around from one spot to the next. And with its protective polystyrene box, the Ultimaker 2 Go is kept safe and snug on its journey across the busy city streets.


As Ultimaker was born in a FabLab, we feel strongly about their potential to inspire minds to make something fresh and innovative. If you haven’t already, we highly recommend you check them out and head over to your local FabLab.