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The bootcamp is all about photonics, a driving technology for many industries in the 21st century. Bridging physics with engineering. Advanced and sometimes futuristic, yet unknown to many. Have a look at this intensive day where VUB B-PHOT experts unleash the super power of photonics to students in Engineering and Physics. PHABLABS 4.0 was present to learn the students how to make a smartphone controlled RGB LED lamp


December 18 2017

The PHABLABS 4.0 test workshops started in Vilnius. FTMC and M-Lab organised a workshop for young minds where they could make their own Kaleidoscope.

Young professionals tested the Workshop “Persistence of vision” at Fablab Karlsruhe. In this workshop LEDs are used to write a text or images on a phosphorescent surface. What we need to make the text visible is a rotating drum, coated with a phosphorescent film and illuminated from the inside with light using LEDs.

MEET & GREET with PHABLABS 4.0 at MakerFaire Rome -The Eu Edition: 4.0. You can find us from 1>3 December at Pavillion 6, F10. We will showcase several developed Photonics Workshops&Challengers. Hope to meet you there!

Light sheets

November 29 2017

Students having some fun with the ludic applications of a light sheet mainly used in barcode scanners and microscopy. Photonics & digital fabrication workshop for Young Professionals and Technicians organised by ICFO and Tinkerers Fab Lab.


July 31 2017

Each year members of the more than 1.000 worldwide Fab Labs gather to share, discuss, collaborate and create communities around the different local and global interests regarding digital manufacturing, innovation and technology.

Five excited students met last Saturday at Fablab Karlsruhe with the aim to go home with a Laser Labyrinth. Within the Phablasb 4.0 project Fablab Karlsruhe developed the workshop Laser Labyrinth for the target group young minds (10 -14 years). The laser labyrinth is a logic maze game. The game requires you to use mirrors, beam-splitters and brainpower to direct the laser through the maze and light up a target.

23 students, aged around 14 years, were the first to test the newly developed workshop "Light and Art" at the ViNN:Lab Wildau, near Berlin. The task was to create a wooden box with two polarizer films. By inserting a transparent sheet with adhesive tape glued on top of it, the setup turned into a colorful mutative artwork, created by the students themselves. As the course of action included using a laser cutter and 3D printers, the participants got a first glimpse into the opportunities of a Fab Lab.

In this very first workshop, students between 11 and 16 years of age built a smartphone/WLAN controlled RGB-lamp. This project was based on the ESP8266, which is an Arduino-like programmable platform with WLAN capabilities.

We are so excited to announce that all 33 Photonics Workshops and 11 Photonics Challengers are developed. On 13&14/06 all Photonics partners and pilot fablabs came to Brussels to showcase their prototypes and to give each other constructive feedback. Soon the maker community will be able to make an optic fiber piano, “Looking at grandma”-projector, a device that stores solar energy to charge your phone … and even a polarimeter.