Becoming a Node

Hosting Fabricademy is open to different kinds of institutions like Fab Labs, textile co-working spaces, textile research centers, creative spaces, fashion and design schools, artist studios.
While some Fab Lab equipment is necessary to complete the course, we encourage establishing collaboration with other stakeholders to combine infrastructures or partnering with your closest Fab Lab.

If you are currently in the process of setting up Node thanks to funding you can directly contact us at and we can guide you through with process.

The key inventory required for the places that are willing to offer the program are highlighted below.

In the picture our Node: Fab Lab Onl'fait Geneva, Switzerland.
Location of the recent Fabricademy Bootcamp 2022

Basic Requirements

  • ⚙️ Machines / Fab Lab Equipment
  • 🧵 Textile Fabrication lab
  • 🧫 DIY Bio Lab

An ideal number of students is 5 per year, but you can start getting the training as well to become instructor as a "single node".
In case of no local instructor, a remote instructor, part of fabricademy global team is assigned to mentor, evaluate and guide the Node participants.
A Fabacademy alumni can also become a local instructor by attending one of our intensive bootcamps. We offer training for instructors in the form of Bootcamps before the course as well as online open-access materials for getting prepared.

It is not required to have computers/work stations for participants, as long as the Node informs the applicants in advance that they are required to have a laptop able to run 3D modelling, image and video editing programs.

We have a list of all possible inventory required for setting up a Node from zero and separate tab explaining the consumables required for each module at our inventory. For the most up-to-date list of recommended machines and supplies, see: the Fabricademy Lab Inventory.

2024/25 Nodes


Fab Lab Kamakura, Japan
Contact: Jun Kawahara

Somaiya School of Design (SSD)
Mumbai, India


Fab Lab Armenia, Dilijan
Contact: Babken Chugaszyan

Artilect Fab Lab, Toulouse, France
Contact: Nicolas Lassabe

Le Textile Lab, Lyon, France
Contact: Pauline Gamore

Green Fabric, Bruxelles, Belgium
Contacts: Valentine Fruchart

Basque Bio Design Center, Bilbao, Spain
Contact: Zana Bosnic & Eduardo Loreto

Fab Lab Leon, Spain
Contact: Nuria Robles

Iaac, Fab Lab Barcelona, Spain
Fab Lab Barcelona / Institute for Advanced
Architecture of Catalonia
Contact: Santi Fuentimilla

TextileLab Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fab Lab Amsterdam / Waag Society
Contact: Cecilia Raspanti

Biolab Lisboa, Portugal
Contact: Rafael Calado

OpenDot, Milan, Italy
Contact: Emma Pareschi

Onl'fait, Geneva, Switzerland
Contact: Cristina Olivotto

North & Central America

Echofab Fab Lab Montreal, Canada
Contact: Monique Chartrand

Fab Lab Yucatan, Mexico
Contact: Ileana Ceron Palma

South America

Fab Lab Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Contact: Trinidad Gomez

Iot Lab, Paramaribo, Suriname
Contact: Reina Raveles

Fab Lab Esan, Lima, Peru
Contact: Jorge Valerio

Middle East

CPF Makerspace (Techworks), Amman, Jordan
Contact: Ismail Hakki

The Fashion Incubator X Sharabassy BES, Dubai
United Arab Emirates


Fab Lab Rwanda
Contact: Bizimana Danny

Lab Equipment

Fabricademy's inventory is an extension to the fab lab inventory with textile equipment and a DIY Bio Lab.

⚙️ Setting up a Fab Lab

  • 3D Printer FDM
  • Laser cutter Co2
  • CNC Milling Machine
  • Vinyl cutter
  • Molding, casting, composites
  • Soldering station / electronics workbenches and materials
  • Big screen
  • (a big screen is preferred to a projector)
  • Good internet connection
  • > For more information about how to set up a Fab Lab you can refer to FabFoundation's website.

🧵 Setting up a Textile Lab

If you are already a Fab Lab or collaborate with a local makerspace or co-working with this equipment there are few machines and equipment necessary to run the program.
  • Sewing machine industrial normal / (second hand/optional)
  • Sewing machine industrial overlock / (second hand/optional)
  • Digital desktop Sewing machine / it can be versatile and combine digital embroidery
  • Knitting machine / optional
  • Weaving machine / optional
  • Tufting workshop / optional
  • Heat press
  • Soft actuators / e-textiles (conductive threads, conductive fabrics, mini vibration motors…)
  • Scissors, threads, yarns, natural and synthetic textiles
  • Big working tables (as fashion schools)
  • Roland Tex-art dye sublimation printer / optional

🧫 Setting up a DIY Bio Lab

In our inventory you can find basic equipment to set up a DIY Bio Lab
  • Kitchen tools, incubator, petri dishes etc..
  • Grow tent, smart citizen etc..