The Roskilde University is interested in the future. Back in 1992, this university was already one of the innovation leaders in Europe. Now, the people here are looking for the vision of the next decade: digital fabrication & production, 3D printing, robotics, blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT) and new energies production.
Roskilde’s Fab Lab story begins 10 years ago with an art collective and Illutron makerspace in Copenhagen. At the same time, the university wanted to create a new educational model, based on art and technology, a kind of half-technical education. It started in a small room, with traditional hand-tools. A year after, the budget grew up and the makerspace got its first CNC machine. Then, the numbers of students doubled and the space bought more equipments including laser cutter, 3D printers, CNC milling machines, and so on.
In 2016, the BioFabLab opened its door. This project is one of the first in this part of the world with the Biologigaragen in Copenhagen. These new structures represent the future in the eyes of the Fab Lab’s members. Trying to create a bridge between today makers and the new ones coming from the agricultural world is the good way to follow the (r)evolution.
The philosophy here is not buy the most expensive machines, but buy the cheapest one on the market with no guaranties and no support. This kind of mindset turn things very clear for all members’: if something goes wrong when you are using the tool, the members of the Fab Lab must control it (and they do) to fix it. In this sense, FabLab RUC invests in people instead of services.
Amazing projects were made in this Fab Lab. A few years ago, the space built a 6x6 3D printers by itself, the largest 3D printer in Europe (in this category). Trying to explore the coming revolutions with a scientific view, another successful project was to create an industrial robot arm full of wood, very cheap and very easy to build. All the blueprints are open source and freely available on the web.
The main interest here is more a meta-interest, transforming academia and the university into a place that can directly improve the world, instead of theoretically improving the world. Their ambition: changing the world of ideas into concrete and physical projects, that can change the world, in a matter of days and not in years or decades.