In the age of user-generated content
and personal fabrication, FabCafe
is an open creative platform to
encourage and empower everyone
to take the initiative to make
something. So we aim to provide a
their own answers to the following
question: “What do you fab?”
What is FabCafe?
FabCafe is a place to accelerate
creative serendipity with a nice cup of
We believe food that is prepared with care
can bring the happiness to people. And we
also believe that the movement of personal
fabrication is more of a social revolution
where people can turn their ideas into reality
and share their ideas in more tangible ways.
Local ownership on a global platform
A single FabCafe can be a creative hub for
designers and the local community to share
and experiment with innovative ideas. A
network of FabCafe communities worldwide
can create an ecosystem that kickstarts the
next mass customization movement from the
Summer Camp with various professionals in 2011,
Did a hackathon to experience it
Food x Fab
We love good food and doing things
we’ve created some unique experiences and
workshops that take the idea of food hacking
to the next level.
before cutting wood boards to make
electronic blinking coasters.
Universal 60W Laser Cutter
Alvin and Darren regularly meet at FabCa-
fe. Today they try the Marshmallow Latte.
Both enjoy the relaxed, creative atmosphere
Designed by Toshi Fukuda, the
co-founder of FabCafe, Artdirector
Collaboration with the craftman of
A family travels from Iceland to visit the
FabCafe. CNN featured the FabCafe story
explore the YouFab Contest exhibition.
“360° book Snow White” by
visit. They each make a unique gift for their
friend - Maccaron Fab. Good fun, good
friends and a great gift!
We believe in designing, learning and
making together. The “Let’s make a
lamp shade” workshop attracts families,
designers, and students from across Tokyo
to learn the basics of lampshade design.
Urushi Fab Workshop
Urushi is a traditional valuable material
in Japan, known as Japanese Lacquer.
The Urushi Fab workshop explores the
possibilities of design using the traditional
material. Its a great example of how Fab can
help connect to the local roots.
Rhino & Grasshopper
We often host diverse and creative meetups.
Architects group “RGSS” (Rhino &
Grasshopper Study Session) use FabCafe as a
creative space to meet.
Fab Starter Guide
A 6-month learning program for Fab,
sponsored by Tokyo Metropolitan
government. Nine professionals from
through lectures and workshops.
Architects, 3D Fab engineers, furniture
designers, interior designers, digital
designers, printing designer and origami
engineers each share their unique
experiences with the FabCafe community.
FabCafe is a creative hub for local people and
business, we believe in the power of creating
new and interesting ways to bring people
A local printing factory owner brought in
industrial printing machines and opened
a pop-up style printing factory. New ideas,
products and interests were sparked by
bringing the community togehter.
In the evening we host a product launch
in collaboration with KORG. A night of
great music, good food and attended by our
Globally covered by media, such as Monocle,
CNN, Wall Street Journal, Rueters, and many
YouFab is a design contest for creators
to express their originality and design
skills with a laser cutter. Each year
creators from around the world submit
their innovative designs and creative
hacks to our expert judging panel.
The 2012 panel consisted of Astrid Klein
and Mark Dytham from Klein Dytham
architecture (KDa), Toshiya Fukuda
from FabCafe, Hiroya Tanaka the
founder of Fablab Japan, FabCafe’s Fab
Master Kotaro Iwaoka, and Chief Editor
of Make magazine Mark Frauenfelder.
One day an architect invented a new book,
-Holds conferences to connect with public
-Develop knowledge sharing online space
-Educate leaders for maker community
-Connect maker spaces in Tokyo
Long term vision
-Integrate maker movement from individual to industry level
-Design Tokyo as hub for hardware startups
-Export this to other areas
-Co-develop new fab machines
Tokyo Fabbers for 2014
- Choose people (founding team), instead of city
- Use sales data for service improvement
- Not a franchise, but not an NPO
- Designing a new business with a mission
- Global movement for creative Fab
FabCafe’s Key Elements
FabCafe Playbook Features
The laser cutter is a FabCafe essential due
to its versatility and popularity. They have
mainstream appeal with 2D Designers, ar-
chitects, Illustrators and non-designers. The
into 3D design.
UNIVERSAL VLS6.60 60W (FabCafe
Tokyo and Taipei) PLS 6.150D (FabCafe
- Universal laser cutters are high quality
- The VLS6.60 machine is an appropri-
ate size for a cafe. Smaller machines are
available at a cheaper price but may not
perform at the highest standard.
- Please note that laser cutters produce
exhaust gases when cutting plywood
and acrylic board. Take care to provide
3D printers are an iconic piece of equipment
in the “Maker movement” - they allow users
to quickly prototype and make customizable,
so printers quickly become outdated. We
recommend having at least one as demand
and curiosity remains high. Please note that a
limited amount of people currently can make
the data for 3D so 3D printing workshops are
CUBE (FabCafe Tokyo and Taipei) KEY-
ENCE Agilista (FabCafe KOIL)
- Reasonable price and speed.
- We believe that two low spec machines
are more useful than one high spec
3D scanners analyze real-world objects to
collect data on its shape and appearance
which is used to construct digital three di-
High cost and large space requirement
means the scanner is a non-essential item
but remain an attractive machine due to its
popularity. 3D scanners are especially useful
for design making events and workshops.
Forming a partnership with local business is
to use prototyping solution. They are versa-
tile and support a wide range of materials.
Please note that they are very noisy and cre-
ate waste shavings. Please install if you have
extensive space and a glass partition.
FabCafe Shibuya has a Roland
MODELA MDX-40A (KOIL) yet FabCafe
Taipei does not.
Sewing Machines help people turn their ideas
and designs into real garments. Nowadays
fashion design is very popular.
We recommend powerful Aisin SUPER
JEANS by Toyota. Its only available in
Japan but is very reliable and durable.
(It can sew 12 X 12oz Denim)
The Espresso machine is a key piece of equip-
ment for the cafe. Many beautiful styles and
designs exist but prices can be very expen-
cations before you make a purchase.
Please do not choose fully automatic ma-
The Cimbali M22 Plus is the workhorse
of the FabCafe Tokyo.
Its very reasonable price and a popular
machine in Japan.
We recommend experimenting and en-
joy shopping for your perfect machine.
When preparing an espresso, the grinder
fee powder. This part is especially delicate
when passing through the grinding discs and
grinding must be consistent.
Grinders maybe a expensive but are an es-
Power Supply Warning:
When assessing cafe locations please
bear in mind that machines such as the
espresso machine and laser cutters use
large amounts of electricity.
Care should be take to check the power
supply capacity of the proposed site.
the secret behind our creative culture.
FabCafe ﬁrst spread from Tokyo to Taipei May 2013