Three Fun Places to Visit in Tokyo for Fans of Customized Goods – Part 3
08/09/2018 Digital Printing, Corporate Activities
In the last part of this series, Jinyu Wang (photo, right) shares what she learned at FabCafe Tokyo in Shibuya where visitors can enjoy making new things together.
Photo: Two senior students, King Yuk Chiu (left) and Jinyu Wang (right), from the University of Michigan at FabCafe Tokyo.
FabCafe TokyoBesides the well-furnished store and delicious food, what impressed me most about FabCafe was its spirit. Their slogan – “You can make (almost) anything”- has been fully realized in this cozy café, where necessary tools are provided to support customers’ infinite creativity. Customers can either participate in reserved workshops, or rent the machines by the hour to produce their own work.
The FabCafe shopfront in Tokyo
Roland DG’s UV printer is an essential ingredient among all the equipment. Their fab workshop supports a wide range of items, including key charms, hand mirrors, ribbons, wood stamps, and even macarons! We decided to create acrylic photo blocks, which will be a good decoration on our book desks.
It took a while for us to pick out the photos that we would like to print on our photo blocks. The staff told us that a lot of visitors print out photos they took in Japan as souvenirs, as well as photos with family or friends as gifts. Each photo has a story behind it, and a photo block is a great way to store your unique memories and share it with your special ones.
I decided to give this photo block as a gift to my best friend with the selfie that we took together at a concert. The singer was our shared favorite for years so I am quite sure that my friend will love this one-of-a-kind present that I created for him.
Picking out photos to print. Roland DG's UV printer is at the back.
All equipment is displayed in the open space where customers can observe the printing process, so we had the chance to see how our photo blocks were created. With those digital fabrication tools, FabCafe offers not only a place to eat, but also a personalized customer experience and a community to assist in creation.
Watching the printing process.
Close-up of the photo block being printed
* The information regarding their services is as of July 2018. It is subject to change without notice. For details, please visit their website below.
For Part 1 of this series on Makers' Base Chiba, please visit https://www.rolanddg.com/en/blog/180807-three-fun-places-to-visit-in-tokyo-for-fans-of-customized-goods
For Part 2 of this series on Roland DG Tokyo Creative Center, please visit https://www.rolanddg.com/en/blog/180808-three-fun-places-to-visit-in-tokyo-for-fans-of-customized-goods