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
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
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.