FabLab Torino is located in via Egeo 16, Turin, within the Toolbox Coworking structure. The space was initially a foundry, then a reinforced concrete factory, an industrial printing shop, offices for clothing shops, and, ultimately, it was renovated by architect Caterina Tiazzoldi. The entire story HERE.
FabLab Torino was the first digital fabrication workshop in Italy. It opened on February 14, 2012 and was financed by Officine Arduino, a startup that promotes open hardware and the maker culture. Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino (the microcontroller that’s open source, low cost, and easy to program), and Riccardo Luna, journalist at La Repubblica and director of StartupItalia! and Che Futuro!, were among the founding members. Together with them are Paola Zini, Alex Ferraris, Andrea Graziano, Cesare Griffa, Franco Magni, Giorgio Olivero, Andrea Patrucco, Lorenzo Romagnoli, Gualtiero Tumolo, Enrico Bassi, and Davide Gomba.
Until june 2014, the coordinator of FabLab Torino was Enrico Bassi (in the picture on the right), born 1982, designer with a degree from the Politecnico di Milano, expert in Digital Fabrication. He has conducted courses at the Politecnico di Torino, the Politecnico di Milano, and at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti a Milano. Now the coordinator is Stefano Paradiso.
Toolbox Coworking and FabLab Torino hosted the presentation of the Make in Italy Cdb Foundation on February 14, 2014 (2 years to the day from their opening): Carlo De Benedetti (honorary president), Massimo Banzi (president), and Riccardo Luna (vice president) all attended. «It is necessary to put man and his work back in the center of our country», declared Carlo De Benedetti.
FabLab Torino took its very first steps in 2011, during the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. For the occasion, Riccardo Luna had curated the Stazione Futuro exhibition: and this is where FabLab Italia was born, which Massimo Banzi defined as follows: «A space that has created a small community of people interested in understanding how to invent new productive processes, new business models with the use of digital fabrication, open source, and with collaboration between people».
At the end of 2011 the equipment arrived. What was missing was a place that would house them. That was when Officine Arduino was created, the startup incubated by Arduino and hosted by Toolbox Coworking, with the mission to promote open hardware and open source in Italy and to be a reference point for schools.
Today, whoever has a project can try realize it at the work tables of FabLab Torino thanks to the tools that are available: 3D printers, a laser for cutting and etching plastic, wood, and materials, and a milling machine to work on the hardest of materials.
MILLING MACHINE CNC Roland mdx-40: the FabLab Torino work area is 305x305x105mm and it can work with a wide array of materials like ABS, waxes, resins, chemical wood, acrylics, PVC, POM, and wood.
3D PRINTER Ultimaker: the work area is 200x200x200mm and it can print with PLA, ABS, and NYLON.
3D PRINTER RepRap Prusa I3 Prusa: the work area is 200x200x200mm and it can print with PLA, ABS, and NYLON.
PLOTTER CUTTER Roland GX-24
The credit system is the internal currency of FabLab Torino and serves as a way to recognize the work done by the people who actively collaborate with the association. Each credit is worth one euro and can be acquired at Officine Arduino, the FabLab Torino headquarters.
WORKSHOPS AND COURSES
HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER
To become a member of FabLab Torino it is necessary to register on the website. Then at the office located at Via Egeo 16 the membership card can be picked up, which will then make it possible to use the spaces, machines, and attend workshops.
There are three types of memberships: Base, Student, and Pro.
The Base card does not include Project Housing (the possibility of leaving one’s project at FabLab), it does allow access from hours 16 to 20, lasts one year and costs 50 euros (30 euros starting 1 July).
The Student card has the same characteristics as the Base but it costs 35 euros per year (20 after 1 July).
The Pro card includes project housing, allows access from hours 15 to 23 and costs 85 euros per year (50 euros after 1 July).
FabLab Torino is open from Tuesday to Friday, hours 16 to 20.