The PHABLABS 4.0 project aims as its third general objective to compose Photonics toolkits for the Fab Labs to facilitate the use of photonics components as a standard element throughout these innovation hubs. The toolkits will be modular and will be composed of photonics components and/or photonics tools to stimulate innovation in the Fab Labs.
With this toolkits we make available in a durable way low-cost photonics components to stimulate and inspire innovation with Photonics technology.
For each of the PHABLABS 4.0 "Photonics Workshops", a package with specific photonics components will be put together such that European Fab Labs interested in giving a particular PHABLABS 4.0 Photonics Workshop can easily be provided with the consumables needed for that Workshop. Also for the Photonics Challenger Projects additional modules containing photonics components will be made available. Furthermore, independently of the material needed for the “Photonics Workshops” and the “Photonics Challenger Projects”, a core set of photonics components will be put together to facilitate ongoing innovation with photonics in the Fab Labs.
Along with the photonics components, instrumentation will be tested and added to the PHABLABS 4.0 pilot Fab Labs to induce a mindset for photonics innovation in the Fab Labs. Tools and equipment such as optical design software and 3D printers with transparent material will form part of those photonics-enabling assets.
More information will follow soon.