FabLab Middelfart is a pretty young collaborative workshop. Inspired from collaborative workshops in other cities in Denmark (like Velje & Aarhus), the creation of the space was initiated at the beginning of 2018 by the will of local politicians.
In June 2018, Claus sketched the idea of the FabLab - the next month, he ordered pieces of furniture and machines. In August and September, the furniture were assembled and ready to use. In October the students participated in the first event of the FabLab. Finally, in November 2018, the FabLab opening was official. As a rocket, FabLab Middelfart was also accepted by the Fab Foundation in the following months.
At the same time, Claus also established an associated Makerspace at the library in Nørre Aaby, a small city close to Middelfart. Because it is a library, the space in Nørre Aaby is smaller and only has 3D printers, vinyl cutters and some electronic equipment.
During this short amount of time (8 months), FabLab Middelfart already made successful projects. For example, a school wanted to create a treasure quest in the city. They needed to create stencils and spray invisible paint around the town. When it gets wet, the paint appears and disappears when it is dry. A kind of invisible street art or invisible bio-graffiti who naturally disappears after a month or two. For the same project, they also created a map of the city, with the spot of each spot. The goal was to answer questions in different spots of the city.
And the story did not end here, lot of projects are currently being made or planned with a hope to able to connect the FabLab with other traditional crafting workshop - and make them open to everyone.
The main interest & vision of FabLab Middelfart is to help children to develop a set of skills that enables them to make in the future. The space gives the opportunity to students and children to develop a critical and design-oriented thinking. The machines and facilities give the power for everyone to create and develop their own ideas and bring them to life.