The opening of 1 kids’ fablab in each partner’s venue represents the main concrete output of the project.
In conceiving the shared definition and co-creation of the kids’ fablabs, partners are inspired by the movement developed and evolved by the Centre for Bits and Atoms at MIT, when Prof. Neil Gershenfeld first began a course in digital design and fabrication in 1998. According to the Fablab concept, open spaces are provided to the public so that people can access tools, trainings, and designs in digital fabrication. In its global evolution and spread, the Fablab concept has also benefitted from a wave of social interest in making, hacking, and tinkering.
Setting up new co-creation spaces, where we will organise workshops based on what was learned during Transnational workshops, will thus positively impact the partners’ local context. A new set of activities will be included in the partners’ regular programme, which will allow for new interaction with a diversified audience; from children to schools and families.
By the end of the project, 4 kids’ fablabs will be officially opened to the public at Explora, Labora, National Print Museum and Neapolis.

Kids’ fablab opening at Labora
Title: Labora Workshops for Children/Labora – töökoda lastele

The fablab space lays in the Old Town of Tallinn, at Laboratooriumi 25. It is a part on the historical town wall. It went through reconstruction in accordance with the local national heritage protection rules. The materials and appliances used for the reconstruction are included in the project budget (chapter 1. Costs related to activities).
These include:

  • Concrete, bricks, clay, metal stove-top – to build the cooking stove and oven in the kitchen
  • Wood and plywood – to build tables, benches, cupboards, shelves, and partially cover walls
  • Wood-burning stove – for heating the workshop space
  • Toilet pot, sink, plumbing – for the bathroom
  • Sink, plumbing – for the kitchen
  • Ceiling lamps
  • Wall paint
  • An assortment of construction materials (frames, screws, hinges, makroflex, cables, …)

The workshop (fablab) was made to be a multifunctional space  fit for hosting a variety of workshops, gatherings, and social events, including the possibility to cook. This follows our previous experience – the most popular format for our audiences is to come for a workshop and then spend time with the possibility to eat together.

The bottom floor consists of two rooms, each with a entrance to the street. On the right (on the sketch) is the kitchen with a brick oven and a brick stove, cupboards, a refrigerator, working surfaces, shelves, a sink, and a table which can be suspended from the ceiling (saving floor space when it isn’t in use). This space is primarily meant for cooking workshops or preparing food for events, it is 20 m2large.

The main workshop space (on the left) is 45 m2large. There are 2 tables. One is a historical carpenter table, the other a table which has a variable length of 2 – 4 m. There are multiple benches, some of which are fixed next to the walls and double as storage. The is a number of shelves for materials and tools. The ceiling is decorated with historical woodworking tools. Approx. 40 people can be seated at once in the space. The printing equipment in this space consists of 2 tabletop proof presses (one for A4 size and the other for A3 size) and Krause Folio, Embossing and Die-cut press. This workshop space is used mostly for printing workshops. Movable types, inking bases, and other necessary equipment can be easily taken from our usual printing workshop for the time when printing workshops take place. The space can be used for a number of other workshops, as it is purposefully left spacious and flexible.

The top floor is equipped as a woodworking workshop (30 m2). The equipment includes a circular saw, a jigsaw, a power drill, and other woodworking tools. These are all stored away in cupboards or covered up for safety reasons, if necessary. There are two tables and benches which can be moved around according to the needs of the workshop taking place. The top floor has a toilet, shower, and a 30 m2storage room (on the right).

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Kids’ fablab opening at Neapolis
Title: Crea & lab

The new Crea & lab is the kids’ fablab created thanks to Creative Makers by Neàpolis, a space for digital manufacturing open to children, families, schools and other audiences.
Crea & Lab is being opened to meet the commitments and objectives of the Creative Makers project to design, open and manage four areas of experimentation and digital fabrication in each of the associated European cities: Tallinn (Estonia), Dublin (Ireland), Vilanova (Catalonia) and Rome (Italy). The Neàpolis space is the second of the laboratories open to the project by European partners. Creative Makers will finish its tour in Rome next February 21 with the presentation of the last space in the Explora, Museo dei Bambini.
On the occasion of the opening of the Crea & lab, a program of activities, conferences and a workshop has been organized as well as a transnational work day, as part of the project, Vilanova also receives the delegations of each of the cities associated and attending the successive inaugurations.
Neàpolis opens on Friday 8thFabruary its renewed Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing for Children in the framework of the international Creative Makers project. The Mayor of Vilanova, Neus Lloveras and the Councilor for Enterprise and Innovation, Olga Arnau, will be in charge of presenting this new space that gives the city a new tool for the promotion of creativity and technology.
On the occasion of the opening of the Crea & lab, a program of activities, conferences and a workshop has been organized as well as a transnational work day, as as part of the project, Vilanova also receives the delegations of each of the cities associated and attending the successive inaugurations.
The program begins Thursday the 7th of February, at 6 pm, with a special conference session of the Campus of the Mediterranean to reflect on the Maker Movement, creative spaces and creative opportunities in Europe. The Councillor for Innovation. Olga Arnau, will introduce this first round of interventions.
The first of the speakers will be César García Sáez, IT engineer, expert on issues of digital manufacturing, smart cities, IoT and cofounder of Maker space in Madrid. César García Sàez is, moreover, a researcher at La Hora Maker, a space that has become a reference for this sector. The speaker will offer an overview of the current trends in the Maker area and the way in which transfers from this area to potential industrial processes, creations of companies and potential businesses take place, elements that will make up a vision and projection of where the Maker world goes.
The second of the interventions will be Helena del Barrio Alvarellos, a technician at the Oficina Europa Creativa, an organization that promotes and finances projects such as Creative Makers. And it will show how these European programs promote a vast offer of aid and promotion directed specifically to the community of creative industries. Likewise, it will announce the announcements, grants and subsidies planned for 2019 in the field of the Creative Europe program.
Finally, Marc Escolà, director of Fun Lab, and one of the participants of the Creative Makers project as a local entrepreneur linked to Neàpolis, will moderate an open dialogue between conference attendees.
These interventions will be the embryo of a series of dialogues open around creativity, innovation, and the opportunities for growth, business and job creation that are generated around them. A cycle, whose program will be scuttling over the next few months, in which we want to have the participation of the agents of the ecosystem of innovation, both locally and nationally.
The following day the delegations of the four cities of the Creative Makers project will hold a work session dedicated to the last fringes of the project related to the design of plans that define and articulate the audiences to which each of the laboratories and Latest instructions on the revision of the expenses and investments made within the framework of the project.
At 5’30 pm, the official opening of the Crea & lab will be held. The mayor of Vilanova, Neus Lloveras and the Department of Enterprise and Innovation, Olga Arnau will visit the space, will welcome the first participants in an open and free workshop where new machines and acquired technology can be tested. Attendees will receive, until stocks last, some gift bags labeled with the logos of the Crea & lab and there will be a snack for all attendees.
Crea & Lab is located on the second floor of Neàpolis. It has an area of more than 70 square meters that has been decorated and labelled to create a clear and open space. The space can accommodate between 16 and 25 people comfortably.

As a grant for its activity in the form of workshops and proposals for training and immersive leisure in new technologies, the project provided for the acquisition of machinery. Among some of the new tools acquired:

  • a 3D printer (EntresD Up Mini2);
  • a laser cutter for vinyl and EVA rubber, ethylene vinyl acetate (Silhouette Cameo);
  • a machine for moulding (Sizzix Ellison Europe 660430).

Crea & Lab will host the workshops for children that are periodically celebrated within the framework of the Tecnokids program as a way of meeting the strategic objective of extending the use of technologies, the development of creative thinking and the acquisition of knowledge and skills scientific and technical basis at all ages. This will be also a shared space for companies that already develop these workshops, both in Neàpolis and in schools, these are the proposals of Fun Lab, Tecnolab and the Tecnotrack association. The activities will continue to be developed as on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The desire is that Crea & Lab be an open space for other entities and associations, so that from the Public Innovation Agency a protocol of action will be prepared to share these spaces with other groups or groups that work in the The scope of the Maker movement, Gamer and local professionals, etc.

The new laboratory and creation, as well as the birth project, creators and creators of the creation of digital manufacturing laboratories with spaces for child education, families, schools and all audiences. Environments that collect the expertise of digital manufacturing laboratories and incorporate co-creation creation processes into their activity programs.

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Kids’ fablab opening at National Print Museum
Title: PrintLab

Renovation of Space and Furniture installation

The Creative Makers Project Manager/Kid’s FabLab Manager at the National Print Museum, in consultation with the CEO, choose a space on the ground floor of the Museum, which is adjacent to the ‘Composing Area’ of the permanent exhibition for the kid’s fablab. This area was affectionately known by the Museum team as ‘Con’s Corner’, as the space was traditionally used by an elderly member of the Museum’s volunteer panel who passed away in 2014. The area permanently contains a Vandercook Proofing Press, two type case storage racks, letterpress image block racks, paper storage and selection of other composing items. Since 2014, the space has been used for a multitude of other items, including general storage and workshop preparation and had become somewhat untidy and unattractive due to many Museum staff, volunteers, workshop facilitators and students using the space for different projects etc.

The PM/ KFLM decided that this space would be most suitable for the Museum’s kids fablab for the following reasons: it has a traditional stone (letterpress composing work surface), and proofing press, it is in close proximity to the Museum’s Adana Table Top Printing Presses and Farley Proofing Press (all of which are incorporated into the PrintLab workshops) and it is adjacent to what was once a seated AV area (no longer in use), which provides ample space for the setting up of tables to conduct workshops. The space also would allow full visibility of PrintLab to all who visit the Museum, and in turn assist with its promotion and dissemination.

The first step was to clear unused items from the space. A hired removals company took a number of larger storage and composing items from the Museum’s collectionto the Museum’s stores. The PM/ KFLM worked on clearing and cleaning the space further and removing/ sorting certain items of the collection to make way for the new PrintLab furniture. The PM researched the most suitable storage and workshop facilitation furniture items for the space and purchased the following, in bright colours to suit the Creative Makers and PrintLab branding:

  • Tool/equipment storage trolley – 2 shelves/2 drawers in red and silver
  • 8 compartment industrial lockable storage cupboard in blue and silver
  • Craft storage trolleys in blue x 2
  • Coloured workshop tables x 4 in red, blue, yellow & green/ silver
  • Print A3 drying rack in red
  • Floor lamps x 2 in silver

 Graphics, Branding, Signage

The PM/KFLM, in consultation with the CEO, decided on various graphics and signage to be incorporated into the space to tie in with the overall Creative Makers branding and to create a brighter, more colourful and child friendly space. With the assistance of a design company, a printing company and an exhibition installation expert, this included the following:

  • Rewrapping of image panels on the back wall of the area with Creative Makers and children‘s workshop images
  • Creative Makers branding  graphic stickers overlaid on PrintLab furniture
  • Large PrintLab signage over the entrance to the space – which is in line with the Creative Makers branding.

 Equipment and Materials

The PM/KFLM, working closely with the Project Artist, researched a comprehensive list of equipment and materials required in order to facilitate PrintLab’s three workshops and the development of new workshops for other audiences within the PrintLab space to ensure its sustainability into the future. The PM/ KFLM, set about sourcing, procuring and purchasing the following equipment and craft materials:


  • Silhouette Cameo 3 Desktop Cutting Machine – for development for workshop 2 & 3
  • Alta 3D Printer – for PrintLab open events and workshop development
  • Lenovo Laptops x 2 to facilitateuse of Silhouette Cameo 3 Desktop Cutting Machine and Alta 3D Printer – for development for workshop 2 & 3 and PrintLab open events
  • Exposer Unit – for development of Workshop No. 2 & 3
  • Sissix Cutting Machines x 2 and multiple alphabet/ graphic dies for workshops 2 & 3
  • P22 Blox – plastic modular type for letterpress printing – for development of workshop 1 and PrintLab open events
  • Alpha Blox – metal modular type for letterpress printing – for development of workshop 1 and PrintLab open events
  • Animation Stations x 2 for development of all workshops and PrintLab open events
  • Ozobots x 2 for PrintLab open events

 In addition to the above, new parts were purchased to aid in the refurbishment three of the Museum’s Adana Table Top Printing Presses. These presses are used for the Workshop 1 and PrintLab open events. The new parts included:

  • 3 sets of new rollers and locks
  • Mounting board with quoins and key

 The following craft materials were sourced and purchased to be used for Workshops 1, 2 & 3 and in conjunction with the selection of the equipment detailed above:

Craft materials

  • Materials for 3D Printer – filament of various colours, discs
  • Materials for Cameo 3 – extra cutting mat, blades and tools, cleaning spray
  • Materials for Exposer Unit – Perspex sheets, photopolymer sheets for platemaking, paint brushes, Indian ink and ink jars, sharpie makers, UV bags
  • Multiple 6”x 6”,  A3 & A4 MDF mounting boards
  • Washable inks of various colours and ink extenders
  • Barrens, ink rollers, palette knives, Perspex inking station sheets
  • Trays for moving wooden type
  • Scissors, glue, sticky tape
  • Crayons, colouring pencils, pencils, markers
  • Pencil sharpeners and erasers
  • Craft foam of various sizes
  • Paper of various sizes and colours
  • Grey board

Other items sourced and purchased to kit out the PrintLab space were:

  • PrintLab branded aprons
  • Pencil, paper, craft item storage containers and holders
  • Rags
  • Extension Leads

 PrintLab – choosing of name

The PM/KFLM, in brainstorming sessions with the Project Artist and Museum CEO, decided upon the name ‘PrintLab – Creative Makers at the National Print Museum’ for the kid’s fablab space. We believe it was important to include a reference to both letterpress printing, which is the core mission of the Museum, and the influence of new technologies, tinkering and making – hence the inclusion of ‘lab’ (short for laboratory). It also pays tribute to the inspiration for the space coming from traditional ‘fablabs’. In addition, we felt the name should be accessible and easy to comprehend for all age groups and abilities and believe ‘PrintLab’ achieves this aim.

All of the above works has resulted in the creation of PrintLab – a renewed, bright and inviting multipurpose printing workshop space for all staff, volunteers, students and educators who work in the Museum and the Museum’s various audiences.

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Kids’ fablab opening at Explora
Title: Made in Explora

Creative space inspired by fablabs, tinkering and making

Made in Explora is a space for creating, experimenting and designing for schools, families and teachers, being part of the CREATIVE MAKERS: kids’ fablabs for letterpress & printing inspired by tinkering and making (CREAM) project.

Made in Explora is a maker space that offers educational activities also suitable for children aged 3-6 years. The space setting, by the Construction team, and the educational offer, developed by the Education and Training team of the Museum, are conceived to meet the specific needs of children from different age groups, combining safety with the recreational aspect.

Goals and purposes
Made in Explora was created to give a new life to the traditional letterpress printing through the technological approach of tinkering and making, which allow children to learn, through intuition and play, STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)subject matters.

The Made in Explora activities help the public become familiar with science, technology and arts using a hands-on approach: learning is focused on the experience through observation and experimentation of different materials.
Motivation, strategies, play and development of ideas form the basis for the educational offers together with the assimilation of more traditional concepts related to letterpress printing.

Made in Explora for schools
Made in Explora has been conceived as a space for educational activities with schools.The workshops for classes were developed after tests carried out during the year when the Explora team set up tinkering and making activities applied to letterpress printing, supported by artist Maria Zaramella.

Made in explora for everyone
Made in Explora is a space where anyone can design, share and give creativity free rein.

Some of the workshops offered to the public for events or camp activities are based on a manual-creative approach, some are based on experiences of digital innovation.

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