Fab Lab Graz

FabLab Graz representatives:

DI Mario Fallast
University of Technology Graz
PhD Candidate

Matthias Friessnig, MSc
Scientific Assistant & Manager of FabLab Graz
University of Technology Graz

Institute of Industrial Management and Innovation Research
Fast and simple prototyping in the laboratory of the Institute of Industrial Management and Innovation
Research(IBL) at TU Graz. FabLab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop for digital fabrication,
started by MIT. A FabLab is a “maker space” where you can find machines such as a lasercutter, vinyl cutter,
CNC milling machine and 3D printer. Moreover, facilities for traditional manufacturing activities such as
metalworking, woodworking and electronics prototyping is provided. The Institute of Industrial
Management and Innovation Research and the Institute of Production Science and Management at Graz
University of Technology have a strong focus on teaching practical skills and applying them creatively.
Therefore, these Institutes encourages the students to invent and prototype not only in the lecture
“Product Innovation Project”. FabLab Graz aims to make this equipment available to everyone, not just
students of art, design and engineering. Just bring your design idea along!
FabLab Graz (http://fablab.tugraz.at/)
Powered by Institute for Industrial Management and Innovation Research and the Institute of Production
Science and Management at Graz University of Technology (ibl.tugraz.at)
Host by University of Technology (tugraz.at)

Short Bios

Mario Fallast studied at Graz University of Technology and Aalto University Helsinki.
Since 2006 he is working at TU Graz, supporting more than 150 cooperative projects between Enterprises,
University and Students, gaining insights in processes, organizational structures and technological
capabilities of the three stakeholder groups. He introduced the international student project “product
innovation project” at Graz University of Technology, which is soon hosted by “FabLab Graz”.
He is regularly invited to idea generation, strategy and technology roadmapping workshops for SMEs as
well as large-scale enterprises and designed various formats of collaboration, including a “24hrs product
development” event.
Mario´s strengths are having diversified knowledge in different fields of technology, the competence to
identify common interests and opportunities of collaboration and form tangible project structures.
He is also co-founder of “smaXtec animal care sales GmbH”, a Graz-based high tech enterprise which
started with a product idea in 2006 and is now world market leader with its products.

Matthias Friessnig is a scientific assistant at the Institute of Industrial Management and Innovation
Research at Graz University of Technology and has lectured several course of TU Graz in the field of product
innovation and design. He finished his master degree in Production Science and Management in 2013.
Besides, he was working in the fields of production engineering and project management for the Siemens
AG. In 2014, he started the FabLab Graz and is still managing this facility. Matthias is currently investigating
in his PhD thesis the impact of Makerspaces on the product development process of hardware startups. He
has presented his work at the recent international FabLab conferences, FAB10 in Barcelona and FAB11 in
Boston.