I’m working on my master thesis with the goal of creating a fablab in germany. I saw that you have 71 libraries and in some of them you provide 3D printers or vinyl cutters. For my thesis I would like to visit the libraries with the biggest fablab facilities (3D printers, Vinyl cutters or whatever equipment they also have) and research how it’s managed and what kind of service these facilities are providing.
Can you help me out by identifying the biggest facilities.
The largest fablab / makerspace of the Helmet (Helsinki metropolitan area) library network will be opened in December 2018, when the new central library Oodi opens in Helsinki city centre, with a wide range of tools such as a laser cutter, sticker printer, heat press, sewing machines, overlock sewing machines, embroidery machines and badge machines. Oodi has its own website at http://www.oodihelsinki.fi/
If you wish to visit Oodi or interview the staff, you can find their contact information at http://www.oodihelsinki.fi/en/contact-information/
Until then, the largest fablab/makerspace facilities provided by Helmet libraries are probably found in Espoo (Sello, Entresse, Iso Omena, Tapiola). These libraries provide for example 3D printers, vinyl cutters, sowing machines, scanning and digitizing equipment, and even a bike maintenance workshop (at Sello). Using the makerspace facilities is free for the customers and the staff provides assistance with the equipment. See http://www.helmet.fi/en-US/Libraries_and_services/Library_Makerspace