Nordic Fablab
Bootcamp 2024

16 - 19 January 2024
Aalto Fablab, Espoo, Finland

Ignite Your Creativity!

Dive into an electrifying experience at the heart of Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. This isn't just another fablab gathering; it's a Creative-Tech-Camp that promises to be a blazing whirlwind of innovation! Get ready to be swept off your feet by multiple parallel hands-on activities, all fine-tuned for peak quality output. Let 2024 be the year where your creativity doesn't just sparkle, but roars like a firestorm. Join us and ensure your visit to Aalto Fablab becomes the "blast" that fuels your imaginative spirit for the entire year!

Getting There

There are several ways you can get to the lab depending on the place of your arrival in Finland. Your journey can be split into three logical steps.

Step 1: Getting to the Central Railway Station

There are several ways you can get to the city centre (Central Railway Station)

Step 2: Commuting to Aalto University

From the Central Railway Station to Aalto University.

Step 3: Finding Aalto Fablab

From Aalto University metro stop to Aalto Fablab in Otakaari 7.


Make sure that you book your stay early as rooms might not be available last minute.

Recommended Stay

It is recommended that you stay in the main accomodation location if you want to breakfast together with other participants of the bootcamp.

Important: The hotel does not offer breakfast due to their sustainability policy.

Hotelli Heymo 1

Miestentie 5, 02150 Espoo


If privacy is your priority, you can choose one of the alternatives or look for other options on booking websites.

Aalto Inn

Otaranta 4, 02150 Espoo

Radison Blu Hotel Espoo

Otaranta 2, 02150 Espoo


We are planning to have an exciting program so that everyone remembers the visit to Aalto Fablab as a “blast” that will keep your heart and brain burning with creativity for the rest of the year. We are proposing the Creative-Tech-Camp format for this event where the focus is on multiple parallel hands-on activities for maximum quality output.

Time Activity Location

Welcome Beers Olarin Panimo

Breakfast and Introduction Aalto Fablab
Lunch Factory Otaniemi
Start of the Activities Aalto Fablab
Dinner Fat Lizard

Touch-Base and Activities Aalto Fablab
Lunch Kipsari Studio
Touring the campus and Design Factory Design Factory
Sauna Design Factory

Annual Meeting and Related Activities Aalto Fablab
Lunch Kipsari Studio
Activities Aalto Fablab
Good-Bye Dinner and beers.
We start at Skiffer Kallio and then go to the bars.
Skiffer Kallio
Bar Molotow
Ravintola Iltakoulu

Touch-Base and Activities Aalto Fablab
Lunch Factory Otaniemi
Presentations and Wrap-Up Aalto Fablab
Afterparty Secret Location


We want to take a parallel activity approach to utilise the time given to produce results that make everyone happy at the end. We start with proposing a list of projects that everyone can join. Remember that it is OK to jump from project to project if you feel like it.

Make Your Own Name Badge

We continue with the activity started last year at the bootcamp on Faroe Islands where every participant is invited to design and produce their own name badge using digital fabrication machines available at a fab lab. You would use CAD software to make a 2D/3D model and use one or a combination of machines to create a physical representation of it.

Voxel Kinematics: Combining Motion-Capture, Dance and 3D Scanning

We will explore the possibilities of 3D scanning with the scanners available at the Aalto Fablab and extended capabilities of Aalto Studios motion capture tools. The goal of the workshop is to 3D scan every participant and produce a video where all of us are dancing in sync. This workshop will include a tour to the Aalto Studios mo-cap facility.

Antique Interactive: Create Table-Top Interactive Sculptures Based on Local Antique Artefacts

Pick your favourite antique figurine and create a small-scale interactive installation out of it using materials and capabilities available at the Aalto Fablab. This will include the use of XIAO boards, NeoPixels, sensors and actuators, plus 3D printing and CNC milling to achieve maximum artistic effect. We will begin with a tour through several antique shops in Helsinki to get the feel of the city and acquire figurines that match our liking.

Biomaterial Leather meets Digital Fabrication: Expanding the possibilities of sustainable materials

In this workshop, we will work with emerging biomaterials including orange peel leather, bacterial cellulose (kombucha) leather, and coffee ground leather - all sustainable, biodegradable and non-toxic material alternatives. What are their possibilities when combined with fabrication techniques? Laser cutting, embedding electronics, incorporating conductive elements, dyeing, sewing - a combination of these offer exciting innovation opportunities. This activity includes a tour of the Aalto University’s CHEMARTS/Biofilia facilities.

Code-Based Project Workflow using OpenSCAD and SvgPcb

In this workshop we will explore a code-based workflow for creating 3D models and matching circuit boards using code-based tools OpenSCAD ( and SvgPcb ( Designs in both programs are made using code and it is stored as text files which makes it easy to version control with Git. Both OpenSCAD and SvgPcb offer compatibility with conventional manufacturing processes, such as 3D printing, CNC and PCB milling as well as ordering items online. In this workshop we will design and make a thing that will continue to live as an open source Git repository somewhere on the internet.

Parametric Papercraft, 2D design for 3D creation with Cuttle

We will experiment with paper cutting and scoring to make interesting forms. We will learn skills that can be applied to hand craft, digital die cutters, or laser cutters. We'll start experimenting with folding by hand, then go over some basics of parametric design, and use tools for simulation to iterate on designs between physical versions. Cuttle ( is a design tool for digital cutting machines such as laser cutters, digital die cutters and CNC routers.


All bootcamp locations at a glance.

Aalto Fablab

Otakaari 7, 02150 Espoo

Design Factory

Puumiehenkuja 5A, 02150 Espoo

Kipsari Studio

Otakaari 7B, 02150 Espoo

Olarin Panimo

Metallimiehenkuja 8 A, 02150 Espoo

Factory Otaniemi

Otakaari 5, 02150 Espoo

Fat Lizard

Tietotie 1, 02150 Espoo

Skiffer Kallio

Fleminginkatu 8, 00530 Helsinki

Bar Molotow

Vaasankatu 29, 00500 Helsinki

Ravintola Iltakoulu

Vaasankatu 5, 00500 Helsinki



email: solomon.embafrash [at] aalto [dot] fi


email: krisjanis.rijnieks [at] aalto [dot] fi

Aalto Fablab

email fablab [at] aalto [dot] fi