Our Values and Philosophy


About FabLab Association

FabLab BiH is innovation-driven Research and Technology (RTO) organization that develops innovative and research platforms with aim to improve research infrastructure, develop cutting-edge technologies, and accelerate innovation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H).
FabLab BiH is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental, and non-political organization.

FabLab BiH explores key transformative technologies from Industry 4.0 and Industry 5.0, with focus on additive manufacturing (AM), artificial intelligence (AI), 3D Bioprinting, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) technologies and fundamentals from the circular economy concepts.
Our main catalyst partnerships originate from academia and industry, enabling a leveraged impact and acceleration of social outcomes and new developments in the digital fabrication field through connections with existing, high-capacity organizations.
FabLab BiH derives mission-oriented research that advances scientific discovery and technological innovation by creating revolutionary technology platforms in BiH.
Environment for innovation is at the core of our organization, and together with intellectual property expertise, it is allowing us to catalyze our activity into prosperity.


Our go-to growth strategies

We have restructured our growth model to shift, speed and scale towards Industry 4.0 and 5.0 technologies using our unique position at the crossing of tech & industries as the first officially recognized FabLab in the country "FabLab Sarajevo"

Our horizontal growth goal is to establish multiple FabLab spaces across BiH by establishing cooperation with locally-based partners. New Fab’s would enable students, entrepreneurs, industry in other towns to get hands-on latest hi-tech from digital fabrication, learning experience, improve STEM skills, build supportive entrepreneurial ecosystems, develop and launch new products and services in a collaborative, creative and fun environment.

Association FabLab is formed in January 2020 and is the central body for FabLabs operating in BiH and is officially recognized by FabLab Foundation and FabLab community. We have strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, please check our guiding principles.


Our Mission and Vision

We strongly believe that people in BiH are the main actors in their development, favoring the capacity building and bottom up approach over substitution and contribution to citizens life quality over practices that are not sustainable in the long term. We aim to provide sustainable, innovative responses to the challenges of technology and community participation inaccessible environment in BiH.

Mission: Provide space, equipment, and programs that develop local industry, boost entrepreneurship, provide a hands-on learning experience, and increase interest in STEM education.

Vision: To be a national reference center for digital fabrication that will contribute to the creation of an open and stimulating environment for the development of digital skills, knowledge, and entrepreneurship of all citizens in BiH.

What we stand for: To make science and innovation open to everyone.

We want to encourage the growth of the tech, educational and creative sectors in BiH by helping to develop vital skills for the future and support the well-being of everyone.



History of the FabLab

“Give ordinary people the right tools, and they will design and build the most extraordinary things.”

That’s the idea behind Fab Labs, which originated in 2001 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Bits and Atoms by Professor Neil Gershenfeld .

A FabLab, or digital fabrication laboratory, is a place to play, to create, to mentor and to invent - a place for learning and innovation. FabLabs are also known as Urban or Industry Innovation labs.


FabLab Network

The Fab Lab Network is an open creative community of fabricators, artists, scientists, engineers, educators, students, amateurs and professionals located in more than 100 countries and 1,800 Fab Labs across the globe. From community based labs to advanced research centers, Fab Labs share the goal of democratizing access to the tools for technical invention. This community is simultaneously a manufacturing network, a distributed technical education campus, and a distributed research laboratory working to digitize fabrication, inventing the next generation of manufacturing and personal fabrication. The Fab Lab Network is an open creative community of fabricators, artists, scientists, engineers, educators, students, amateurs and professionals located in more than 100 countries and 1,800 Fab Labs across the globe.
From community based labs to advanced research centers, Fab Labs share the goal of democratizing access to the tools for technical invention. This community is simultaneously a manufacturing network, a distributed technical education campus, and a distributed research laboratory working to digitize fabrication, inventing the next generation of manufacturing and personal fabrication.


Fab Foundation

Formed in 2009 to facilitate and support the growth of the international fab lab network as well as the development of regional capacity-building organizations. The Fab Foundation is a US non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that emerged from MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms Fab Lab Program. Our mission is to provide access to the tools, the knowledge and the financial means to educate, innovate and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make (almost) anything, and thereby creating opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods around the world. Community organizations, educational institutions and non-profit concerns are our primary beneficiaries.


Fab Academy

Fab Academy is an intensive five-month program that teaches students to envision, design and prototype projects using digital fabrication tools and machines. It is a multi-disciplinary and hands-on learning experience that empowers students to learn-by-doing and inspires them to make stuff locally to become active participants in sustainable cities and communities.
At the Fab Academy, you will learn how to envision, prototype and document your ideas through many hours of hands-on experience with digital fabrication tools. We take a variety of code formats and turn them into physical objects. The Fab Diploma is the result of the sum of Fab Academy Certificates. Progress towards the diploma is evaluated by a student’s acquired skills rather than time or credits.
The Fab Academy is a fast paced, hands-on learning experience where students plan and execute a new project each week! Each individual documents their progress for each project, resulting in a personal portfolio of technical accomplishments
The course is estimated to cost US$5000, but varies with location and available scholarship opportunities. All course materials are publicly archived online here.


Fab City

Fab City has been set up to explore innovative ways of creating the city of the future.
Check our effort to get Sarajevo pledged to a global iniative.



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