What is Copenhagen Fablab?
Copenhagen Fablab is an open access and user-driven tool workshop situated on 4th floor (and constantly evolving basement area) at Valby Kulturhus. There is no membership. You can use the Fablab for free without making reservations. 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.
Being a qualified Fablab, because we are on the international Fablab list here - https://www.fablabs.io/ - 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, on our Facebook group or any sharing media as long as you tag Copenhagen Fablab. 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. We have our official Facebook group "Copenhagen Fablab", 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 as well on other social media.
We follow the international Fablab Charter which can be found here - http://fab.cba.mit.edu/about/charter/
Opening hours and Access
Fablab is open -
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. The guard comes a bit before 11PM to check and turn on the alarm once everyone has left.
After normal working hours of the culture house you can get access to the Fablab by using your Public Health Security Card (CPR card, yellow 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.
How to use the equipment and machines?
Everything that is in the Open area of the Fablab (big room on the 4th) 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 normally sell HDF, cardboard, EVA foam, plywood and acrylic (PMMA) sheets. List of materials - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12DzadXEAfGViDSwBDlmUaXCBem5xFja48nI6xwbVbzw/edit#gid=0
You are welcome to bring your own materials, as long as you know that they are safe to use with certain machines. You can also buy some materials on the ground floor(stueetagen) at Mæt cafe during their opening hours - http://maetcafe.dk/
Their normal opening hours -
Monday to Friday. 8AM - 9PM
Saturday to Sunday. 9 AM - 5PM
Questions or project ideas?
Rasmus, Fablab coordinator
Contact if you are a part of an institution (school, library, museum etc.) or have plans for larger projects, educational tracks or professional visits