Photos courtesy masaki ishitani | click to enlarge
A new café in Shibuya is generating a bit of chatter amongst coffee lovers and designers alike. Their name has a double meaning: the more obvious contraction of the word fabulous, and the less-obvious contraction of the word, fabrication. That’s right. Fab café, which just opened on March 7th, comes with a laser cutter which, for a fee, anyone can use. However, it’s recommended you have your coffee before operating the machine.
All you need to bring is an adobe illustrator vector file, which you plug in to the cutter it does the work – in paper, felt, acrylic, wood and other materials too. Pricing to use the machine is a bit steep, but not outrageous: 2000 yen to share the machine with up to 3 people for 30 minutes. It will cost you 5000 yen if you want the machine to yourself.
the famous laser cutter. Here are the specs if you’d like to do your homework before you go.