Fab Lab Taipei

Community, fun, no rules, making, dream

10491, Taïwan, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, 玉門街1號台北創新中心A室

Fab Lab

Superficie 200 m²

Ouvert en Mars 2013

Type de structure Non Profit organization

Exploré en Août 2017


Fab Lab Taipei is one of the most active maker community in Taiwan. They have a lot of people interested in creating things and having fun together.

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We visited Fab Lab Taipei at the end of August, a time when the sun still hits the roads during the day, driving the energy of the city indoor, before it spreads out into the night markets after sunset. Fab Lab Taipei is no exception to this observation. Located in the CIT (Center for Innovation Taipei), the place looks like a well-designed anthill, with ants being replaced by designers, makers, artists and entrepreneurs, scattered across the 200 square meters building.

We met Ted, the founder, receiving us in the middle of a kids workshop on digital fabrication. Ted is an architect who used to study and work for 10 years in the United States. When he came back to Taiwan he noticed that no collaborative fabrication workshops could allow him to work the way he did before. So in 2013 he launched the first Fab Lab in Taipei. Machines and space where 100% bootstrapped with his own funds.

The purpose of Fab Lab Taipei is to invite everyone to join the maker culture. Hence the place is free for all, and anyone can come and use the machines. 10 volunteers are organizing daily shifts to run the place and 60 more are ready to help if needed. That is how this lab can be run without any membership fees.

During our visit we met Chen-Chien, who created and commercialized a connected donation box, or Tsai, a 16 year-old maker building his own ROS car. In the middle of the Fab Lab were 10 children building polystyrene helmets using laser cutters.

Today many makerspaces flourished in Taipei, but Fab Lab Taipei provides the most freedom to its makers. “We want to create a paradise for makers” says Ted with a big smile, that is why it will remain free and with as few rules as possible.

When the Fab Lab opens its doors in 2013, it was located near a University. Hence 60% of the users used to be students during the first 2 years. Moreover, 80% of the users used to be males, as most of them came for the engineering classes, less frequented by females.

Since the lab moved into the CIT (Center for Innovation Taipei), the profiles of users tend to change with less students coming (20%), and more hobbyists (70%) and entrepreneurs (5%). The female frequentation rose to 40%, probably due to the new location, as the CIT hosts more design firms and startups.

Most of the users heard about the place thanks to their intense social networks activity, especially on facebook, where they already gathered more than 13K fans.

All users are involved in the lab community. It is one core aspect of Fab Lab Taipei. As the place is free and open to all, users are required to get involved in the daily life of the lab and participate to the maintenance. Hence any user might be asked to help cleaning, or to train another member, before using the machine for himself (see our best practice for more detail on this organizational system).

“Fab Lab Taipei doesn’t have a business model”, so are the words of its founder Ted. In 2013, he invested himself 140K€ to rent the place and buy the first set of machines.

Today, the Fab Lab is seen as a free service provided by the Taiwan Maker Association. The new location in the Center of Innovation Taiwan (CIT), is lent for free by the government. And since the Taiwan Maker Association is running an incubator program for 6 Taiwanese startups, the government also pays all the operational costs.

One singularity compared to all the other labs is the absence of any employee running the space. Volunteers manage everything.

There is a strong interest in the maker culture nowadays in Taipei, especially in the area of education. 23 schools have already built their own Makerspace. But so far, few young students are coming to the Fab Lab. In the near future, Ted would like to bring more young people into the Fab Lab to develop their maker spirit.

Fab Lab Taipei is officially part of the Taiwan Maker Association (TMA), a non-profit organization gathering more than 60 members (companies, individuals, makerspaces…). 7 members are working full-time for the TMA, splited in 4 main teams: the consultancy (focusing on education), the fabacademy (running the program for Taiwan and China), the events (organizing mini Maker Faire), and the incubator.

In Fab Lab Taipei, the core rule is that there must be minimal rules, allowing as much as possible freedom to its users. So anyone can build anything, and ask for help to someone from the community.

Today, 10 members of the community who are highly involved act as lab manager. One of them must be present at least every day, so they operate shifts to ensure the openess of the lab. They are in charge of the lab’s daily activities, help the users and also can assign them some tasks to help the community. As every member is a volunteer, the full system is based on trust and cooperation.

The Fab Lab hosts many workshops, which can be proposed by the community itself, or even by companies or institutions. Amongst those we can quote the “digital fabrication for kids”, “arduino programming”, “user experience” or “how to run a crowdfunding campaign”.

The documentation is currently a challenge for the Fab Lab. As the rule of freedom applies, documentation of projects is not compulsory for the users.

Only the fabacademy students are required to document their projects, as per guidance of the class. All workshops and events are documented on a google drive account shared by all highly involved members.

We visited Fab Lab Taipei at the end of August, a time when the sun still hits the roads during the day, driving the energy of the city indoor, before it spreads out into the night markets after sunset. Fab Lab Taipei is no exception to this observation. Located in the CIT (Center for Innovation Taipei), the place looks like a well-designed anthill, with ants being replaced by designers, makers, artists and entrepreneurs, scattered across the 200 square meters building.

We met Ted, the founder, receiving us in the middle of a kids workshop on digital fabrication. Ted is an architect who used to study and work for 10 years in the United States. When he came back to Taiwan he noticed that no collaborative fabrication workshops could allow him to work the way he did before. So in 2013 he launched the first Fab Lab in Taipei. Machines and space where 100% bootstrapped with his own funds.

The purpose of Fab Lab Taipei is to invite everyone to join the maker culture. Hence the place is free for all, and anyone can come and use the machines. 10 volunteers are organizing daily shifts to run the place and 60 more are ready to help if needed. That is how this lab can be run without any membership fees.

During our visit we met Chen-Chien, who created and commercialized a connected donation box, or Tsai, a 16 year-old maker building his own ROS car. In the middle of the Fab Lab were 10 children building polystyrene helmets using laser cutters.

Today many makerspaces flourished in Taipei, but Fab Lab Taipei provides the most freedom to its makers. “We want to create a paradise for makers” says Ted with a big smile, that is why it will remain free and with as few rules as possible.

When the Fab Lab opens its doors in 2013, it was located near a University. Hence 60% of the users used to be students during the first 2 years. Moreover, 80% of the users used to be males, as most of them came for the engineering classes, less frequented by females.

Since the lab moved into the CIT (Center for Innovation Taipei), the profiles of users tend to change with less students coming (20%), and more hobbyists (70%) and entrepreneurs (5%). The female frequentation rose to 40%, probably due to the new location, as the CIT hosts more design firms and startups.

Most of the users heard about the place thanks to their intense social networks activity, especially on facebook, where they already gathered more than 13K fans.

All users are involved in the lab community. It is one core aspect of Fab Lab Taipei. As the place is free and open to all, users are required to get involved in the daily life of the lab and participate to the maintenance. Hence any user might be asked to help cleaning, or to train another member, before using the machine for himself (see our best practice for more detail on this organizational system).

“Fab Lab Taipei doesn’t have a business model”, so are the words of its founder Ted. In 2013, he invested himself 140K€ to rent the place and buy the first set of machines.

Today, the Fab Lab is seen as a free service provided by the Taiwan Maker Association. The new location in the Center of Innovation Taiwan (CIT), is lent for free by the government. And since the Taiwan Maker Association is running an incubator program for 6 Taiwanese startups, the government also pays all the operational costs.

One singularity compared to all the other labs is the absence of any employee running the space. Volunteers manage everything.

There is a strong interest in the maker culture nowadays in Taipei, especially in the area of education. 23 schools have already built their own Makerspace. But so far, few young students are coming to the Fab Lab. In the near future, Ted would like to bring more young people into the Fab Lab to develop their maker spirit.

Fab Lab Taipei is officially part of the Taiwan Maker Association (TMA), a non-profit organization gathering more than 60 members (companies, individuals, makerspaces…). 7 members are working full-time for the TMA, splited in 4 main teams: the consultancy (focusing on education), the fabacademy (running the program for Taiwan and China), the events (organizing mini Maker Faire), and the incubator.

In Fab Lab Taipei, the core rule is that there must be minimal rules, allowing as much as possible freedom to its users. So anyone can build anything, and ask for help to someone from the community.

Today, 10 members of the community who are highly involved act as lab manager. One of them must be present at least every day, so they operate shifts to ensure the openess of the lab. They are in charge of the lab’s daily activities, help the users and also can assign them some tasks to help the community. As every member is a volunteer, the full system is based on trust and cooperation.

The Fab Lab hosts many workshops, which can be proposed by the community itself, or even by companies or institutions. Amongst those we can quote the “digital fabrication for kids”, “arduino programming”, “user experience” or “how to run a crowdfunding campaign”.

The documentation is currently a challenge for the Fab Lab. As the rule of freedom applies, documentation of projects is not compulsory for the users.

Only the fabacademy students are required to document their projects, as per guidance of the class. All workshops and events are documented on a google drive account shared by all highly involved members.

Technologies & procédés mis à disposition

Impression 3D Fraisage numérique Electronique Découpe laser Outils pour le bois Etabli outillage

Services proposés

Temps libres Accès gratuit à l'espace Accès gratuit aux machines & outils Prises de paroles & conférences FabAcademy programme Formations & ateliers pratiques

Nos pratiques inspirantes

Ce que nous faisons de particulier pour gérer notre espace collaboratif

An organizational model based on Trust

_What is it?

The fablab is fully managed by a team of volunteers, and the organization is based on trust.

In concrete terms?

Amongst the 100 frequent users of the fablab, 10 are highly involved and act as lab managers to run the lab on a daily basis. They shift every day to run the space and can decide which activities to prioritize. If a user wants to use the machines, he might be asked to participate to some maintenance tasks in return, or to help a member of the community. They also manage the events and workshops planning.

Also every important decision regarding the fablab is taken by the community (frequent users), based on their vote.

If a new member wants to be more involved in the lab’s life, he still needs to be “approved” by the community. It is more to make sure that he has the right understanding of the machines and their uses to avoid any accident.

Why it’s interesting?

The system is interesting as it allows to run a fablab daily without any full-time employee or lab manager. It does not require any financial investment from its users. As they are required to participate to the lab maintenance, it helps them to build a feeling of belonging with the place and strengthen the community._


Nos projets de makers

Inspirez-vous des projets DIY de notre équipe & nos membres

XinZhan - a smart donation box

What’s the project’s story?

Chen-Ching founded XinZhan.IOT Company in 2015 to transform the experience of donating to an organization.

According to him, “Taiwan is a very special place: people are enthusiastic about charity, politics and religion”. They are willing to support their favorite organizations and donate, but most of them don’t use credit card a lot, nor mobile payment. Most of Taiwanese people still use and trust cash a lot. Hence they donate only when they are solicited in the street or during an event, and the experience is far from nice.

Chen-Ching’s product is a connected donation box, allowing you to donate for the organization of your choice in cash, and to get a special reward for it. It can be bubble blowing or a discount in your favorite shop, but the idea is to transform the experience of donating.

How do they interact with the workshop?

He used the lab’s machines and tools to build his machines, which he now lends to 10 clients such as the government, NGOs and other organisations.

What’s next?

Chen-Ching is getting his machines prepared for the mayor elections which will take place next year in Taipei.


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