Based on a concept made by the Miolk team, Fab Lab Iasi has a surface of over 700 square meters and it offers different scenarios for flexible use of the space (competition areas, co-working, makerspace, teaching rooms, spaces for video conferences and personal desks). The space will function as an independent platform which will bring together innovation and the tech community from Iasi.
Placed in the university campus Tudor Vladimirescu, Fab Lab Iasi has as a purpose to develop student programs for the technical field, together with the Gheorghe Asachi Technical University and Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Iasi. These programs will have the purpose to stimulate innovation, digital fabrication and entrepreneurial spirit among the technical students of Iasi.
Besides the flexibility of the space, Fab Lab Iasi also adds value through a laboratory of digital fabrication which will be equipped with numerical control machines, offering to the users the possibility to realise almost anything they want using 3D printers, laser engraving equipment, milling machine, electronic circuits printer.
There are already partnerships and advanced discussions with sponsors and partners that will contribute with equipment. This equipment will be from the companies’ portfolio or from the equipment they use for their own production. In both cases, the interest of these partners is big because it is about making the students more comfortable with these technologies.
With an extended schedule, with three conference rooms with capacity between twenty and fifty people, with almost one hundred personal working spaces, having access to large Internet bandwidth and video conference system, Fab Lab Iasi wants to bring together the technological community of Iasi, to organize and support events in this field and to promote local projects in order to enhance the entrepreneurial spirit in the region.
Being a non for profit organization, Fab Lab Iasi will put in motion the community’s resources (sponsors, volunteers etc.) and will be an entity focused on creative communities and young people willing to learn and get involved in tech activities. In parallel, the co-working area will also be developed to go along with the work that will be done inside the laboratory.
Fab Lab Iasi is in affiliation process with the international network of Fab Lab laboratories, having the purpose to facilitate innovation and digital fabrication.
The initiator of this project in Iasi, Dan Zaharia has over 15 years of experience in management, sales and real estate and works in the development of companies through business office rental in the ket cities of the region. In the same time, he is a promoter of transforming these cities in a magnet for the IT & Outsourcing industry.