“We can make the ideas into reality”. This statement is the leitmotiv which made the 2 founders creating the Lima makers 3 years ago and the reason why they wake up every day with a smile.
When they discovered the digital fabrication in 2010, they were close to finishing their studies while the Fablab movement was just beginning in Latin America. Toshiro Tabuchi, who studied mechanical engineering in the UNI University, helped Benito Juarez and Victor Freundt to create the Fablab UNI, first Fablab in the continent. He was joined by several volunteers, eager to learn digital fabrication, such as Ricardo Torres, designer, and Mickael Hurtado, mathematician. 2 years later, when the strategy of the University changed about the lab management, they felt ready to create they own and independent makerspace dedicated to the creation of real-life products.
After a tour of Fablabs and makerspaces in Europe to identify good practices and experiences, they decided to open a space where entrepreneurs can learn and use digital fabrication to support their business. If Mickael quickly quitted the team to develop his personal projects, after 2 years, Toshiro and Ricardo decided to shift their strategy to increase their impact and their revenues. They rent a smaller but more adapted and better-located space and decided to put their energy into 2 missions highlighted by their catch phrases :
- “Discover the Peruvian creativity inside you”: they empower people with workshops and access to space
- “We make your ideas reality”: they offer services from the use of the machines to the development of products.
Nowadays, if their initial mission of empowering people was more difficult than expected, they acquired a reputation and an experience that enable them to work with universities, ministries, and companies, to gather a reliable makers community and to dedicate some time for investigation. For the future, they aim to develop a sustainable products line and to raise awareness about the manual work value within the Peruvian culture.