Fab Fridays April 2015 - RSA

Great Recovery: Fab Fridays in April

Research & Impact Event


Fab Lab London

  • Creative economy
  • Making

Fab Fridays are an exciting new development in the partnership between The RSA Great Recovery and Fab Lab London.

They will allow us to bring together the different elements of Fab Lab and The RSA Great Recovery in practice, and to share this with anyone and everyone!  

The phenomenon of innovation hubs, fabrication hubs and make spaces have been around for a while, and the accessibility they bring is key. Literally anybody can turn up, get trained on the laser cutter, 3D printer or milling machine, and make something for and by themselves. What is new is the emphasis on circular economy thinking that The RSA Great Recovery brings to Fab Lab London, the ‘why’ as well as the ‘what’ of making, and the use of design as a creative as well as disruptive influence.

What will the day look like?

If you would like to attend a Fab Lab Health and Safety and /or laser cutter induction in the morning, please sign up directly on the Fab Lab website


1pm – 1.45pm

‘Circular Economy for Dummies’ with the RSA Great Recovery

The Great Recovery team will give an introduction to the project and some of the concepts associated with designing for a circular economy. They will look at the practical opportunities and challenges that face us in the 21st century, and will examine some of the social and end-of-life implications of the products you might make in a Fab Lab.   

1.45pm– 2pm

Intro to Fab Lab

The Fab Lab team will introduce you to their world. You will learn about what you can create in a Fab Lab, how the machines work, and which materials you might use.

2pm – 4pm

Rethink, Redesign, Remake: Innovate &Play…

The Great Recovery and Fab Lab teams will run a practical ‘tear-down’ and ‘design-up’ session, in which you can dissect everyday items (think broken mobile phones or laptops, old shoes &clothes). We will consider some of the materials in these products, where they might have come from and where they’re likely to end up. We will then look at some new applications for this so-called ‘waste’ and see how the Fab Lab can find innovative uses for it. With a slightly different focus each week, you will be able to use Fab Lab’s facilities (machines, tools, materials, event space and experts!) to re-design different products or business models and prototype your ideas.


Finish off &clear up

A fun, hands-on, tidy-away session!

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