Fab Lab Montevideo was created in March 2012 in the School of Architecture, Design, and Urbanism of the University of the Republic, named as Digital Fabrication Laboratory Montevideo (labFab MVD), thanks to the resources of the School and the management of the Department of Information Technologies (DeTIC). At first, for instance, which could be defined as a “foundational” period, it was maintained thanks to the funds resulting from the integration of the Alfa-Gaviota project by the aforementioned DeTIC.
In the laboratory, different activities are carried out within the framework of university functions: research, extension and teaching, providing academic support to students who so request, in order to participate jointly in the formative processes of the academic courses in the School.

The Digital Integration Center (CID), through the LabFab-MVD, integrates a suitable human team for the training of the personnel in charge of the administration and operation of the equipment.

FabLab Montevideo provides support to the students in two different modalities, prioritizing the modality of “project monitoring” as a way of tutoring with digital fabrication with FabLab teachers, for students who wish to investigate the possibilities of digital fabrication applied to their project or prototype. On the other hand, students without project follow-up have the possibility of accessing the technology of the laboratory prior to reservation via email agenda.

Foundational period / 2012

A comprehension of the integration processes between the cam/cad technologies is made through software analysis, hardware, and the intrinsic possibilities of different materials in the conformation of urban-architectural models. This stage is characterized by the generation of “internal” demand jobs from DepInfo itself. Highlights: Ovo and Moebius, research models for the XVI Iberoamerican Congress of Digital Graphics in Fortaleza; the realization of the model of Payssé House; the generation of models at visualization scale, and the study of details, for the Real de San Carlos building.

Development period / 2013

Gradually, jobs and assignments begin to be processed at the request of students or teachers of the different disciplines that make up the school. This period allowed information spreading through publications and exhibitions: the dictation of the first optional course “Design with digital manufacturing” (DFD_01) in the school, which allowed a wide dissemination of the possibilities for the use of the laboratory; development of projects for the Montevideo Seminar, for the Vilamajó House Museum, as well as models for the exhibition “La Aldea Feliz” presented at the Uruguay Pavilion for the 14th International Architecture Exhibition “La Biennale di Venezia”.

Extension period / 2012

As a result of the project “Registration, Prefiguration, and Materialization of the Form”, which was carried out in 2013 and funded by CSIC, Fab Lab MVD manages to expand the technological equipment by acquiring a 3d printer and a laser cutter. In this period, characterized by the deepening of research into Digital Fabrication technologies, SIGRADi international committee accepted the realization and organization by the DepInfo of the SIGraDi congress. – XVIII SIGRADi Congress “Design in Freedom” in our house of studies, which also leads to the materialization of the traveling exhibition UTHOPIA. – UTHOPIA: The unbuilt, increases the dissemination of Fab Lab MVD functions among teachers of different areas and undergraduate students. – On the other hand, models are generated, through an agreement with the Design Institute, for the itinerant exhibition “Cooperativas Habitacionais no Uruguai, Meio Século de Experiências”, organized by the Permanent Housing Unit of the School of Architecture, UdelaR, and the Escola da Cidade of Sao Paulo, which opened in the city of San Pablo. A series of sculptures by General José Artigas that were part of the “Herencia Blanes” exhibition by visual artist Fernando Foglino, made in the Contemporary Art Space, in its 16th season, were digitally manufactured using different technologies.

Consolidation period / 2013

As a consequence from the growth on demand, work and orders are being massively processed, collectively or individually, at the request of students from different disciplines that make up the current FADU, increasing the relationship between the Fab Lab MVD and the Workshops of “Project and Representation” area of the Architecture Degree. A fact of fundamental importance: the 100th year anniversary of the School of Architecture, leads to workshops to deepen the collective imprint of deliveries, incorporating as an element of general composition the logo of 100 years through various methods: stamping in low and high relief, engraving, stencil cutting, perforation, etc. The completion of the second edition of the optional course “Design with Digital Manufacturing (DFD_02)” generates the possibility of delving into the teaching and learning process of Digital Fabrication technologies, favored by the availability of the necessary hardware (3d printer, cutter laser, CNC router). In addition, the possibility was presented of integrating, in the development of the mentioned course, the “Adaptation Workshop” (carried out by Argentine teachers) with the participation of the professor of industrial design of the UBA Patricia Muñoz, as well as the artist in new digital media Fernando Foglino. In 2016, within a framework agreement with the Municipality of Montevideo, a model was made that is now part of the “Old City Project”; This is exposed at the Cabildo of Montevideo as part of the equipment for the Laboratory of Citizen Innovation. The creation of two sculptures by Blandengues that were part of the “El Entierro” installation by the artist Fernando Foglino for the 3rd Biennial of Montevideo 2016, in the Hall of the Lost Steps of the Legislative Palace. – Based on the agreement with the Municipality of Río Negro, an urban scale model of the Fray Bentos Industrial Cultural Landscape, recently declared a World Heritage by UNESCO, was carried out within the framework of the research project “The Smart City”: a digital palimpsest funded by the CSIC. The integration of the work team awarded by the Getty Foundation for the recovery of the architectural heritage of the “Iglesia Cristo Obrero” by Eladio Dieste in Atlántida, frames the project “Dieste Ex Machina”, for which a scale model of the church is generated at a 1/20 scale and a series of models of conceptual study on the structure and constructive method used. The approach of research presented at the XX Congress SIGRADI “Crowdthinking” in Buenos Aires.

FabLab Projects


Arq. Marcelo Payssé

In charge of FabLab:
Arq. Paulo Pereyra
Associate Prof.
Research & Project area:
Mg.Arq. Fernando García Amen
Associate Prof.
Teaching area:
Mg.Arq. Juan P. Portillo
Associate Prof.

Academic staff:
Arq. Angel Armagno – Assistant Prof.
Arq. Raúl Buzó – Assistant Prof.
Arq. Gabriela Barber – Assistant Prof.
Arq. Solange Gaggero – Assistant Prof.
Lic. Marcos Lafluf – Assistant Prof.
Arq. Ana María López – Assistant Prof.
Arq. Federico Lapeyre – Assistant Prof.
D.I. Maite Sosa – Assistant Prof.
Bach. Luis Flores – Assistant Prof.
Bach. Lucía Meirelles – Assistant Prof.
Bach. Andrea Valdez – Assistant Prof.

Visiting professors:
Dr. Adriane Borda
Dr. Alvaro Bonfiglio
Dr. Rodrigo García Alvarado
Dr. Rodrigo Martín Iglesias
Email: labfab@fadu.edu.uy Opening hours: mon-fri 9-13 hs. Tel: 24001106 int 179 Clasroom: 13 Bis (ex-Unidades) Br. Artigas 1031 – C.P. 11200 Montevideo, Uruguay
Fab Lab León http://www.fablableon.org/ Fab Lab Lima http://fab.pe Fab Lab Barcelona https://fablabbcn.org/ Fab Lab Kamakura https://www.fablabkamakura.com/ Fab Lab Brasilia http://www.brasiliafablab.com.br/home  Fab Lab Mexico City http://www.fablab.mx/ Fab Lab Santiago http://fablabsantiago.org/