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Shibuya, Tokyo is now home to Fab Café, a coffee house with a public use laser cutter. Just walk in with a vector design and your material and enjoy a cup of coffee while the laser does its thing. According to Spoon & Tamago, the café opened on March 7th and is operated by Loftwork, a local digital media production company. [via NOTCOT]

Thanks to masakiishitani on flickr for the above photos of Fab Café.

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.



  1. Paul says:

    This is totally cool. I would love going there and I hate coffee! This is a huge idea, for access and collaboration.

  2. Rick says:

    Why doesn’t Kinkos do something like this? Get a 3d printer and a laser cutter in those shops for public use.

  3. n3rd says:

    Yeah …. I hope they have some restrictions … No coffee goes well with the chemical death smell of lasered acrylic!

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