Fab Lab brings digital fabrication goodness to Wellington

The eighth annual Fab Lab Forum and Symposium on Digital Fabrication is heading to New Zealand for the first time and this year has expanded to include a one-day public symposium.

Fab Lab forum and symposium WellingtonThe eighth annual Fab Lab Forum and Symposium on Digital Fabrication is heading to New Zealand for the first time and this year has expanded to include a one-day public symposium.

Massey University’s College of Creative Arts and the Affect Research Centre, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Centre for Bits and Atoms, is hosting the seminar in Wellington from August 22-28.

Fab 8 NZ is the 2012 incarnation of the annual international Fab Lab meeting, bringing field practitioners and laboratory researchers from the international Fab Lab network and beyond, for a week of hands-on workshops and a one-day public symposium on the principles and applications of digital fabrication. For designers with some basic maker experience, there’s also a two-day “Fab Foo”, a chance to rub shoulders with the best in the world.

Expect talk on a mind-boggling array of subjects, from prototyping in outer space to 3D printing of human organs.

Among those attending the conference will be Fab Lab founder Professor Neil Gershenfeld, Director for the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT. Professor Gershenfeld has been named one of Scientific American’s 50 leaders in science and technology, has been selected as a CNN/Time/Fortune Principal Voice, and by Prospect/FP as one of the top 100 public intellectuals.

Fab Labs were originally initiated as an outreach project from MIT, and provide widespread access to a modern means for invention through 3D printers that can make almost anything, and can be put to use in communities, businesses and industries around the globe.

 Fab Labs have spread around the world from inner city Boston to rural India, incubating projects like solar and wind-powered turbines, thin-client computers and wireless data networks, analytical instrumentation for agriculture and healthcare, custom housing, and rapid-prototyping of rapid-prototyping machines.

Wednesday August 22 – Tuesday 28

The full seven-day forum is reserved for members of the existing Fab Lab network, and individuals or collectives who are seriously considering starting a Fab Lab in their local community. It be attended by top scientist and Fab Lab founder Professor Gershenfeld of MIT.

Two-day Fab Foo workshops: Saturday August 25 and Sunday 26

These workshops will include a limited number of spaces available to the public with the skills, concepts and philosophies particular to the Fab Lab movement. Designers, artists, creators, makers and hackers are welcome to attend: this will be on a first come, first served basis, with some proof of the knowledge required for meaningful engagement.

Public Academic Symposium: Monday August 27

This will be a one-day conference that explores many different topics related to Fab Labs, including the projects, processes, applications and implications for the 100 plus Fab Labs already established around the world. The symposium is open to the public and aims to be as inclusive as possible. During the conference the Wellington Fab Lab at Massey University will also be opened. The lab will be the first MIT-affiliated Fab Lab in the South Pacific, and will act as a catalyst for building the Fab Lab movement throughout the region.

Registration is now open, with earlybird prices as follows:

Full Conference


Public Symposium

Adult – $150
Unwaged / Student – $50

Fab Foo Weekend Workshops

1 Day – $120
2 Day Combo – $220

1 Day Workshop + Symposium


Fab Foo Weekend Workshops Combo + Symposium


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