About Copenhagen Fablab

Copenhagen Fablab is an open access tool workshop situated on 4th floor (and constantly evolving basement area) at Valby Kulturhus - which is part of Kultur Valby and Kultur Syd. There is no membership - You can use the Fablab for free without making reservations - in return you have to clean after yourself, help others, maintain the tools and share your projects and design files. You also cannot book the machines for yourself only, all open days run on a first come - first served basis. We try to avoid being a "service" but rather build community. 

After normal working hours of the culture house you can get access to the Fablab by using your Public Health Security Card and scanning it at the door(s).  Using the yellow card you can get access to the Fablab 7 days a week. If you don't have a yellow card, you can get a white so called "AEOS" card which gives you access to the Fablab and libraries after-hours.  Ask at the library, and remember to bring some ID. It has to be renewed every three months. 

!! IMPORTANT !! To be a user of the Fablab it is required that you at least share pictures of your projects in the Facebook group or homepage. No matter how big or small the project, everything has to be at least documented by taking a picture. 


Monday to Sunday. 8AM - 10:30PM 
* When the doors are locked you have to scan your health insurance card in the entrance(s) to get in.
* IMPORTANT: You need to be out of the lab before 11PM.
* HOW TO USE THE EQUIPMENT AND MACHINES? Everything that is in the open area of the Fablab can be used during the whole opening hours. The laser cutter, 3D printers, basement area with more woodworking tools and X-carve and some other equipment such as Arduino boards, 3D scanners etc are available when there are volunteers (aka Superusers) or staff to give access to it. Have a look at the calendar to see events and when locked equipment is available following the link or under the Calendar tab. The description of the event says which machine is available, for example "Laser open" means you can come by and use the laser cutter and get an introduction how to use it as well - http://valby.copenhagenfablab.dk/copenhagen-fablab-calendar 

We also post Events in the Facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/copenhagenfablab

Note if the Fablab is reserved we write it in the Calendar as well - best to check the calendar frequently.

Being a Fablab - the lab is reserved to citizens wanting to experiment with personal digital fabrication techniques. You are allowed to make personal fabrication and prototypes - but you are not allowed to produce anything for sale. You are required to share your designs and processes with other local and global Fablab users. You do that by documenting your project on this domain. So the deal is; free use of the machines for things that are not for sale. You "pay" by teaching other users how to use the machines and by sharing your findings with others.

Currently we havea vinyl cutter for cutting signs, antennas and flexible circuits, an X-Carve CNC mill, a laser cutter to make 2D press fit elements which can be assembled to larger 3D structures, two 3D printers (UM Go and UM 3) , soldering machines, Arduino projects and sensors. We also have a drill press, a scroll saw and various hand tools. We do not plan broken machines thus some tools may be under maintenance. Some machines are locked away and thus you need to check in the Superuser Calendar when volunteers are present to give access to the locked machines. 

* IMPORTANT If you bring your own materials for laser cutting you have to know what it is made of (for example what type of plastic) since some materials can ruin the machine or worse. Try finding materials similar to what we sell or ask in writing (fx on the Facebook group) if what you are about to cut is safe.

The Fablab is largely run based on users helping other users. However, if you want to meet the staff, here is how to normally contact us -
Volunteer system, getting started with digital fabrication (2D, 3D)
E-mail: liisa.fablab@gmail.com, Facebook user: Liisa Fablab

Rasmus, Fablab coordinator
If you are a part of an institution (school, library, museum etc.) or have plans for larger projects, educational tracks or professional visits
E-mail: Y70X@kff.kk.dk

You can buy some materials on the ground floor at Mæt cafe during their opening hours -

Monday to Friday. 8AM - 9PM
Saturday to Sunday. 9 AM - 5PM 

We normally sell HDF, cardboard, EVA foam, plywood and acrylic (PMMA) sheets. List of materials - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12DzadXEAfGViDSwBDlmUaXCBem5xFja48nI6xwbVbzw/edit#gid=0

Each of the digital production machines have a computer attached and there is one extra workstation for fixing errors in your design files. You are encouraged to bring your own laptop just in case. Most of the software we use is either open source or free which means you can download it yourself and try at home. You can also design your things at your local library. The software is installed on computers both at Vigerslev Bibliotek, Valby Bibliotek and at the main library in Copenhagen.

We have our official Facebook group "Copenhagen Fablab" [ https://www.facebook.com/groups/copenhagenfablab ] , which is meant for user communication and updates on activities and machines. If you post pictures from Fablab or of things made in the Fablab you can tag them #cphfablab or #copenhagenfablab. 


Our address is:

Valby Kulturhus
Valgårdsvej 4-8
2500 Valby


Happy Hacking!