Protospace (PROSPA)

Protospace (PROSPA)

Protospace (PROSPA)
Nijverheidsweg 16B
3534AM
Utrecht
The Netherlands

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Project leader

Jelle Boomstra

Claartje Aarts

Phone: +31 62 9081434
Fax: +31 30 2440261

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Project staff

Wouter Pijzel

Jan-Jaap Schuurman

Phone: +31 30 2230875
Fax: +31 30 2440261

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Joris van Tubergen

Joris van Tubergen
Product designer

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Institute presentation

At Protospace, we believe that personal fabrication will ultimately change society in the way we produce and transport products. For some products, we will transition from mass fabrication to personal fabrication. Being a FabLab in Utrecht (the Netherlands), we are a part of the worldwide FabLab community. We aim to bring digital, personal fabrication within the reach of everyone, from professional to the average consumer.

A FabLab is a digital workshop where designers, inventors, entrepreneurs and students develop their own ideas or concepts into tangible objects. With our computer controlled equipment like lasercutters, CNC milling machines and 3D printers, our users can transform any design from a computer file into a 2D or 3D model.  An important aspect of FabLabs is sharing knowledge and open source hard and software; it will result in more than the sum of all parts, it will lead to gains for those involved and society as a whole.

In a FabLab you can make almost anything you want to make, and if you cannot make what you want to make, you can make a machine to make what you want to make. We organise workshops and master classes to teach people from our targetgroups how to use or improve their technical skills, so they can use our (or others’) machines to be able to create their innovative products, be it personal products, prototypes or pre-production runs.

A few years ago one of the machines that we jointly developed in our FabLab was the Ultimaker: a DIY 3D printer aimed at the average consumer. After doing beta-workshops the large demand lead to a ProtoSpace spinoff which now produces Ultimaker kits and is one of the leading parties in developing consumer 3D printers worldwide. ProtoSpace will continue its role as front-row player in the development of 3D printing techniques and the search for new applications of these techniques.

Personal fabrication will become a common good in the next decade. Medical implants tailored to the patient -the ultimate in personal fabrication- are not something one would make in a FabLab, but making a machine that can make them is certainly within our reach.

In the context of HydroZONES, ProtoSpace will be responsible for the user-interface of the printer (the big friendly button that will set the machine to work), the transport of the constructs from the printer compartment to the incubator compartment and, in cooperation with PIL, the training of the initial users of the machines.