WHAT IS A FABLAB?
A FabLab is typically equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with a goal of being able to make “almost anything”.
A FabLab is also a platform for learning and innovation: a place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor, to invent. To be a FabLab means connecting to a global community of learners, educators, technologists, researchers, makers and innovators; a knowledge-sharing network that spans 30 countries.
Originally designed for communities as prototyping platforms for local entrepreneurship, FabLabs are increasingly being adopted by schools as platforms for project-based, hands-on STEAM education.
Children learn by designing and creating objects of personal interest or import. Empowered by the experience of making something themselves, they both learn and mentor each other, gaining deep knowledge about the machines, the materials, the design process, and the engineering that goes into invention and innovation.
THE EUROPEAN SCHOOL FABLAB HAS THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT:
- Laser Cutter
- 3D Printers
- CNC Milling
- Vinyl Cutter
- UV Printer
- Vacuum Former
- Thermo Presses
- Industrial Robot Arms
- Electronics Table
- Other tools for inventions and handwork
This project is supported and managed by the innovation consulting and management company Future Laboratory.
The laser cutter allows students to cut and engrave various types of materials, including but not limited to wood, leather, acrylic, metal, cardboard, etc. The students use their imagination to create objects such as miniature furniture, high-tech equipment, accessories and more.
The 3D printer is a programmable device which allows pupils to create initial working prototypes of their own inventions. The machine allows the user to create almost any kind of small item, which is then printed and produced with special printing materials.
The CNC router is a 3D programmable machine which works on wood, organic glass, metal and other solid materials. Pupils create various objects with a level of precision that either cannot be created by hand or prototypes that would take exceedingly difficult effort and lots of time. The equipment is also used to prepare molds, from which students can produce their own products.
The plotter is a futuristic machine which automatically draws up digital illustrations and also cuts and fully executes stickers. The device is used primarily for students to apply stickers to their various innovative designs and models.
|Eco solvent Printer
The eco solvent printer is one of the most massive devices, printing high-quality banners, stickers and other materials. Students primarily use this printer to enhance their visual renders in the process of producing their prototypes.
The vacuum forming device is primarily designed for the preparation of identical plastics of any type of mold or any item. Using the vacuum former, pupils prepare molds for chocolate, silicone shapes and other types of products.
Our most proud and recent addition to the European School is the introduction and training of industrial robots, through which pupils can explore production processes which utilize these robots, such as the manufacturing of cars such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW and other well-known companies.
The UV (ultraviolet) printer is a widely used device that can print on any flat surface. It offers colored print on wood, acrylic and many other materials. Students use the printer to improve their visual renders in the process of producing their various prototypes.
|Embroidery and Sewing machine
Using an embroidery and sewing machine, pupils are able to work on fabrics and leathers to create cloth and accessories. They create digital drawings on fabric using colored thread. Most importantly, the equipment can be used to pack an executed prototype.