Christoph Fahle
September 25, 2012

Fab Lab Café is Launched!

IT HAPPENED! The first Fab Café in Berlin is launched at betahaus! It´s not a dream, neither an upcoming project. It´s reality and it is already happening!

A little prototyping heaven was installed in betahaus | Cafe yesterday afternoon and is already printing first things. If you are a designer working with 3D programs or just want to discover latest technologies and experiment with it, this is for you. You can basically 3D print (almost) whatever – check out thingiverse and you will find hundreds of little and big things (From iPhone Case up to Yellow Submarine) which can be printed for you in the Fab Cafe. You can choose them beforehand or come by and pick up one at a place. Obviously, you are more than welcome to create your own 3D designs and also get them printed. If you need some help to upgrade or change your 3D model, or even make a complete new thing from scratch, a Fab Cafe facilitator is there for you.

But what if your head is full of ideas about cool 3D models, but what is missing to make it happen is the SKILL? Woo-hoo, solution: you can check out our kalender and apply for a 3D printing workshop, where you will get to know ´HOW´ to create your own stuff.


If you don´t know it yet, it´s no shame, since 3D printing is quite a new thing in the line of coolest technical inventions. 3D printer is a special machine, which melts plastic (to be exact – a plastic string rolled into a coil) and prints it out (layer by layer) according to the 3D model which is loaded on the computer. Could be your own model or the one you have just downloaded.


Upon request.  If you need to 3D print, drop a line to and we will arrange a 3D printing session for you.


personal assistance in 3D modeling - 1 EURO/min

3D printing - is calculated individually for every print (inc. materials, printing time, operation costs) - to simplify approximate calculations for you - 3D printing of an iPhone case would cost about 20 EURO

Just drop by and show your model to Bram (or pick up one from thingiverse together with him) and he will confidently state how many minutes it will take and what are the material costs. *Bram is our specialist, who knows all one can know about 3D printers, and also just a nice and good looking guy from the photo above. ;)

For more events like this, check the General & Upcoming section!

Well, we all know the feeling - you order a favorite item online and are looking forward to your well-earned gem to arrive. Everything seems to go smoothly - until the parcel is just about at your doorstep.

We can tell you, It’s not only a headache for you. Turns out this “last mile” is by far the most expensive and time-consuming part of the shipping process.

As the demand for online orders and expectations of frequent supplies are constantly on the rise, it is no surprise that this final part of deliveries is becoming more important than ever before.

Between 2014-2018 the e-commerce association calculated a growth rate of consumer orders in Germany of around 52%. In 2017 alone, 3 billion parcels have been on the roads for delivery in Germany. To take that even up a notch, it’s estimated that in 2020 this number will ascend to 3,8 billion, which breaks down to more than 50 parcels per person (above the age of 14)! It is quite obvious that this is a mammoth task!

Does your startup have a solution to this dilemma? Then you are at the right place!

With the Future Logistics Challenge, we’re on the hunt for startups who support and accelerate these innovations, while Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Hermes Europe provide their chosen two winners with the needed resources and infrastructure.

Does your startup reimagine the future of the delivery driver experience and smart delivery vehicles? Do you reckon you can help to solve the ultimate goal to simplify the job of couriers through connected commercial vehicles and integrated software solutions?

From Predictive analytics to Communication Optimisation, from Sustainable Delivery to Connectivity Services — You name it. The spectrum of innovations is broad and we’d be stoked to hear what you’ve come up with!

There is Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, a stand-alone brand within the Volkswagen Group. They’re globally responsible for development and construction, as well as sales of a wide range of light commercial vehicles.

The brand draws up appropriate vehicle concepts, telematics and logistics solutions for the sparing use of resources at the highest possible level of efficiency. Making it more than a feasible partner for your startup.

Besides, there is Hermes Europe. Under the Hermes brand, a wide range of specialized companies operate all along the retail value chain, supplying comprehensive logistical services to meet global demands. 

Whether for businesses or consumers, domestically or internationally, on your doorstep or in e-commerce, over 12,000 highly trained employees work towards a single goal: fully dedicated with all of their experience for their client’s success and an easier everyday life.

Needless to say, partners with a massive potential for your startup!

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