FabLab Bangkok: A Community of Makers
FabLab Bangkok is a community-based workshop that offers access to advanced digital fabrication tools, including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, and other tools and technologies. It provides a space for makers, entrepreneurs, and designers to experiment with new ideas and technologies.
Members of the Fablab community work together to solve problems and develop innovative new technologies. To learn more about the role of Fablabs in supporting innovation and startups, we spoke with “Jakub Pánek”, a member of FabLab Bangkok about his experiences working on a project there..
1. How did you first learn about FabLab Bangkok?
I first learned about FabLab Bangkok while searching for a space where I could work on my bachelor thesis project. I needed access to specific tools and technologies that I didn’t have at home, and FabLab Bangkok had almost everything I needed.
2. What inspired you to work on your project, and what problem were you trying to solve or address?
My project was inspired by the growing problem of package theft. With more and more people shopping online, package theft has become a significant issue. I wanted to create a device that could provide a solution to this problem, so I built a camera device that can rotate and shoot nerf projectiles at people who try to steal packages. The device includes an OAK camera with a built-in AI accelerator to detect humans and packages and programmable LEDs to add a visual flare.
3. What FabLab machines or tools did you use for your project?
I used a variety of tools and machines at FabLab Bangkok, including FDM 3D printers for most of the mechanical parts, SLA 3D printers for parts that required high dimensional accuracy,
a laser cutter for cutting light guides made out of acrylic, hand tools for prototype assembly, sanding tools for finishing, and a multimeter and oscilloscope for debugging electronics. I also used a soldering station for the assembly of PCBs.
4. How did the FabLab team help you to achieve your goals?
The FabLab team was incredibly helpful in helping me achieve my goals. They provided me with a space to work on my project and access to the tools and technologies I needed. Whenever I had questions or encountered problems, they were always available to offer guidance and support. The community at FabLab Bangkok is very welcoming and supportive, and it made working on my project much more enjoyable.
5. What is your favorite thing about being a member of FabLab Bangkok?
My favorite thing about being a member of FabLab Bangkok is the community of makers. Everyone there has skills and expertise in different areas, and it’s always inspiring to see what people are working on. The collaborative culture of FabLabs is what makes them so unique, and I’ve learned a lot from working with other members.
6. What improvements or changes would you like to see at FabLab Bangkok?
One area where FabLab Bangkok could improve is the soldering station setup. The soldering station is showing its age and occasionally has a bad performance at the connectors. The SLA printers could set up a proper washing station, Spray painting booth, and Sand blasting station would be great additions.
7. Are there any materials or supplies that you would like to see available for purchase or use at FabLab Bangkok in the future?
Being able to purchase screws and nuts would be a great time saver, as well as having filament and resin available for purchase.
FabLabs play a vital role in driving innovation and supporting startups by providing individuals with the resources and support they need to turn their ideas into tangible products. The community-based culture of FabLabs encourages collaboration and problem-solving, making them an essential part of any innovation ecosystem. If you’re interested in learning more about FabLabs and how they can support your startup or innovation project, be sure to check out your local FabLab.