Last week we got to know about the Tokyo based FabCafe throughout Weaving Cats Travel Log Blogpost over here. Michelle also wrote about it since she was there with Peter.

What strikes me about this place is it’s welcoming atmosphere and casual introduction to fabbing. It’s in the heart of one of the busiest neighborhoods in Tokyo, and Chiaki says they get a lot of walk-ins who discover a nice-looking cafe, have a coffee, and then get curious about the laser cutter.

This week this came along on Twitter:

Followed by this Blogpost explaining the story behind and how difficult it is to get access to  rapid prototyping equipment in HighTech City Berlin whilst it is no longer a question of big money oder low demand.

Well, that is what we want. Let’s do this. It seems the right time. Now let’s have a look at how this can be done. a) Let’s have a look at what we already have, b) what we are still in need of and c) where this could lead to.

  • What we do have: 
  • We have got the space. We have got Open Design City and the betahaus Café.
  • Opening Hours are Mo – Fri 8 am – 8 pm, enough time to fab.
  • We have got Staff operating the bar, opening the space, administering keys, supplies and taking care of payments and organizational needs
  • We have got a limited number of tools in the back
  • We even host the 3D Printer (Makerbot) of an honored citizen of Open Design City


  • What we are (probably) still in need of
  • We’d need a properly set up 3D Printing Station that can be moved around and fits into ODC and the Café and it should be very accessible
  • We need somebody being able to operate it on standby or it should very very easy to operate it yourself.
  • We need a Project Owner who is moving things forward until things run smoothly. This is a Project!
  • One might want have a Lasercutter as well. But maybe this goes to the future section. We have to start somewhere.


  • This could lead to
  • A real Fab Café in Berlin
  • Better and bigger Machines later on
  • More Workshops, DIY stuff.
  • Revitalization of ODC

Berlin, what do you think of this?


5 Responses to “A FAB CAFÈ – LET S DO THIS!”

  1. Aminfiberlin

    I’m in! Call for a kickstart meeting sometime in may where interested parties all sit together and we’ll set up a plan

  2. Philip

    I’d very much like that – actually my business idea long before ODC was something more like a copyshop/boutique/café. It was not feasible a few years ago (the commercial printers still too expensive, the open source attempts not reliable enough). But now, yeah. Would love to introduce something like that to the café.

  3. Christoph Fahle

    Hey Dudes,

    +1000. Let’s do a meeting in the second half of May. Elisaveta will set it up next week. Looking forward!

  4. Bram de Vries

    3D printing rocks, open source even more. I’m in, keep me posted for the meeting.
    I supported to set up the FabLab in Maastricht NL and I’ve seen a bunch of other in Holland. For instant access to 3D printers you can also contact IN Berlin hackerspace at the Lehrterstraße, near Hauptbahnhof.

  5. elizaveta

    Hey, guys!

    Here are the meeting details:

    16th May, 18:00 Open Design City (Betahaus 1st floor)

    Please let me know, if this time is fine for you via e-mail

    Looking forward to see you all. LET`S DO IT! ;)


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