JNL supplies materials for Fab Lab students
We are incredibly proud to announce that Juken supports Fab Lab by donating materials to enhance students’ activities and researches. With the materials supplied by Juken New Zealand, Fab Lab students will be able to design various cutting-edge prototypes, such as furniture.
Fab Lab is a hub for digital fabrication technology for the whole community. There are 400+ Fab Labs in the world, all connected and sharing project plans and expertise openly.
Fab Labs contain 3D printers, laser cutters, computer-controlled routers, electronics and coding capability, with teaching both in-house and from around the world. Currently, they are building one in Masterton, Wairarapa.
The idea behind Fab Lab is ‘if you have an idea, you can make it’. Shoes, houses, a robot arm, an app for your smartphone, anything. It’s all about unlocking the secrets of the technology we CONSUME, and being the next CREATORS of it. It will be a platform for members of the community to bring their ideas and innovations to and watch them come to life.
Masterton’s Fab Lab is unique because it will be the first in a provincial area. Not only that, it will also deliver curriculum to students and professional development to teachers of Wairarapa’s 47 schools, Year 1-13, providing something the individual schools could never access otherwise.
‘If you have an idea, you can make it … It’s all about unlocking the secrets of the technology we CONSUME, and being the next CREATORS of it.’
Equally, citizens and businesses in Masterton can bring their ideas and curiosity to the Fab Lab in open sessions and directed courses. Existing businesses develop new ideas, and new businesses are born in Fab Labs.
The Fab Lab is a similar concept to a Men’s Shed but has open access digital fabrication machinery. Their motto is ‘Open access. Open source. Open to innovation’. Fab Lab Masterton is a registered Charitable Trust with two amazing co-chairs; Kristen Browne and John Hart.
‘Fab Lab is a global enterprise and the labs around the world are all different’, Mr. Hart says.
‘They take on a flavour of their local community so we’re looking forward to seeing what Masterton does with one’. ‘Someone can come into the Lab with an idea, make a great prototype and start up a business or sell the product. We can help with that and maybe bring some resources into it and foster their ideas.’ he continues.
At Juken, we always support local communities to be more innovative and creative. We’re really impressed with what Fab Labs do for the community and we cannot wait to see all the amazing innovations they have in store!