An exhibition called Fab Lab Italia was created in 2011 in which Riccardo Luna asked Massimo Banzi and other people from Officine Arduino to create a place representing the future of work . It was thought as a 9-month Fab Lab.
But there was a shift in its evolution! The Fab Lab tools and experience could enrich Officine Arduino’s experience after all. A deal was made with Toolbox Coworking to use some of their space and rehabilitate it. In February 2012, Officine Arduino settled in and Fab Lab Torino opened. The company paid for the Fab Lab machines and offered some employees time.
The idea? “Let people from Torino and all Europe experience the use of these tools and the aesthetics behind it, and see all the possibilities you have. It was meant at curious people dealing with strange things in broad terms: makers, entrepreneurs, private companies. Kids!”
“The main topic in this Fab Lab was education, and it didn’t changed. There are still shady areas between Officine Arduino and the Fab Lab, and what entity should do what. It’s very challenging to create a good model!”