WELCOME TO CURIOSUM (former Sliperiet)

In April 2019, Sliperiet changed it´s name to Curiosum and merged with the science center Umevatoriet. This autumn we will take the next step. and together with our tenants move into the renewed premises of Sliperiet at Arts Campus at Umeå University.

In 2020 Curiosum will open. A new science center, to inspire young and old with science and technology. We believe curiosity can change the world.

Look out for our new website coming soon!

New visitor record for FabLab


FabLab, Sliperiets Open Workshop, has attracted 61 percent more visitors during the autumn term 2017 compared to the same period last year, despite the fact that no traditional marketing has been made of the activities. According to Emma Ewadotter, one of two process coordinators in FabLab, the increase is extremely pleasing and has several reasons.

- We have been working hard this autumn on introducing more short courses and workshops than before. In addition, FabLab is to a large extent driven by volunteers who support and inspire the visitors. And now we have a well-functioning and consolidated volunteer group. All this makes the rumor of FabLab spread as a ripple effect, says Emma.

FabLab stands for Fabrication Laboratory. It is an open workshop with a variety of digital production and prototype machines, such as 3D printers, sewing machines for different purposes, laser cutters and software for design.

FabLab Umeå is open all Wednesdays at 16-21 during term time and brings students, researchers, creators, makers, and other people of all ages who are simply interested in creativity in all forms together. FabLab's devis is: Here anyone can make almost anything.

Emma is proud of the gender distribution of the visitors:

- In total 40% are women and 59% men. I can almost promise that there is no other Maker space in Sweden that attracts so many women, says Emma.

FabLab consists of a 3D lab and a Softlab. SoftLab is an innovation lab for textile experimentation, digital fashion and wearable technology. 3DLab is a prototype workshop, and as it sounds there are 3D printers, but also laser cutters, CNC mills for softer materials, and other machines.

Interestingly, the gender distribution in SoftLab is relatively even (56% women, 43% men). Here, SoftLab differs from other textile environments, where the female dominance is large.

-  We can thank the volunteers for that. They make people feel welcome regardless of sex, age and ethnicity. It's about representation, getting role models. And we do have a number of talented men who sew and are interested in textiles. That in turn entice more men, says Emma.