“To me the FabLab goes well beyond 3D printing! "

Benjamin joined the Solidarity FabLab Kellefabrik in Dijon when he was 24 years old and made a fresh start there:

The theoretical teaching at school was never good for me, even if I’ve always been interested in lots of things. I wanted to create and needed to practise to learn. Without a diploma, I tried the trade of landscaper, then electrician, but it quickly became routine. After long months abroad, back in Dijon, I found myself out of work, lonely, with no means : odd jobs, unpaid internships...

 

Thibault Suzun, volunteer at the FabLab, Laurence Berthoud-Lafarge, president of FabLab Kellefabrik, Catherine Regnault, management and communications officer at the FabLab, and Benjamin Garnier, project manager at the FabLab.

 

Fortunately, the Local Mission helped me benefit from the Garantie Jeunes programme with a 1-month internship in dijon’s solidarity FabLab unknown territory for me...
I had a good time, I learned a lot and now I draw a salary and have a two-year contract with the FabLab, where I support projects and teams !

At KelleFabrik, I’ve discovered lots of things ! Of course I learned the basics of programming, electronics, using 3D machines, but above all I discovered a philosophy, sharing, the freedom to touch everything, and exchanges with different and passionate people.

At the FabLab, you can make a thousand things and instead of feeling lonely, you help each other build something, you learn from each other: teenage interns, pensioners, start-ups, comedians, electronics engineers, designers, curious people... they’re all passionate and altruistic. We look for things together, we share skills, it’s anything but routine. We’re all interested in this new vision of work based on mutual assistance, this new manufacturing economy, this ethic that goes against programmed obsolescence.

 

Benjamin du FabLab dijonnais Kellefabrik

 

In addition, when I go to other cities I’ll visit their FabLabs to meet the teams.
And in the future? I don’t know but at any rate I’ve learned the trade of project manager which consists in putting good skills together and supporting the technical and human operation of different projects and I like it!

 

Laurence Berthoud Lafarge, volunteer president of FabLab Kellefabrik, now takes the floor
My goal is to incorporate our FabLab into our socio-economic environment, to bring it closer to economic events and players actors such as small businesses, start-ups, chambers of commerce, etc., while ensuring its charitable mission. That’s why we find workshops to learn and also manufacturing activities for companies: manufacturing of prototypes, product creation support, etc. The exchange of expertise if key! Placing young people like Benjamin in the heart of this ecosystem is giving them a chance. I’m trying to shake things up... slowly.

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