Students from Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland, recently visited Cardiff Met’s FabLab Cardiff as a part of a tour of the UK.
Their trip to the UK was designed to focus on the impact of the industrial revolution and saw the cohort visiting Big Pit, BMW in Oxford and Jaguar Land Rover centre, Gaydon.
During the visit, the Business Administration and Economics Masters students took part in a workshop where they worked in groups to design a car. Once plans were drawn up, the teams set about making prototypes of the cars within a tight timeframe using Fablab’s tools, equipment and parts. The workshop finished with the cars being raced against one another.
Accredited by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, FabLab Cardiff builds on the experience of the global FabLab network, as well as the research and technical expertise of Cardiff School of Art and Design, to stimulate both business and everyday people in Wales to make just about anything. Billed as an experimental workshop, the FabLab provides for audiences in Wales and beyond.
Speaking about the workshops, FabLab manager, Martijn Gommeren, said:
“The global network of FabLabs sits at the end of the industrial revolution, providing the height of technology to everyone in the community, from individuals to large businesses.
“We were therefore absolutely delighted to welcome students from Lucerne University to Cardiff Met’s FabLab and hope they had an enjoyable and productive session.
“The students were able to take advantage of the very best contemporary technologies and the ability to draw on expertise from both the worldwide FabLab network and CSAD.”