FABLABs and 3D Printers

FAB10 SolidWorks Announcement Sherry Lassitor - Marie Planchard

At FAB10Barcelona, Sherry Lassitor and I  announced SolidWorks support for the FAB Foundation to cheers from the FABLAB audience.


The FABFoundation.org supports over 300 FABLABs and FAB Academies around the world.

Fablab Limerick

I see great work from FABLABs using SolidWorks from designing new products to educational outreach.  I have also seen more 3D Printers in one area than ever before.  That is because FABLAB10 created a super – FABLAB at FAB10 Barcelona.

The super – FABLAB showed:

Makerbots and More






Make it yourself

Do it Yourself 3D Printer

But one 3DPrinter truly stands out to me.  I got to talk to FABLAB WoeLab,

Dodji Honou, Executive Manager from Togo, Africa

Dodji Honou WoeLab Director

WoeLab is responsible for creating 3D Printers from recycled computer and printer waste.

3D printer from recycled computer parts FABLAB Togo

WoeLab also has a computer project that recycles computer e-waste to create new computers in a Jerrycan.

Computer in a Bag

WoeLab is truly educating the world.  Think about how many computers, printers, monitors you have thrown away or put in a recycle bin?  The next breakthrough will come when the spool of material can come from recycled plastic.  Marie

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard