J: Japanese Only Content
Fab Cafe is a great place to be introduced to 3D fabrication. They provide already made kits and workshops, along with attentive staff that is willing to guide you through the introductory process. You can also just hang to enjoy their delicious coffees, teas, and treats. If you need some serious time with one of their machines, make sure to reserve in advance! >>Read more about Fab Cafe
Makers’ Base J
Open: 10:00 ~ 22:00
Address: 2-5-12 Shimomeguro Meguro, Tokyo 153-0064 (Google Map)
Available: Over 100 machines & tools: 3D printer, 3D scanner, laser cutter, basic machines for wood, metal, jewelry, and textile. (complete list of machines & tools)
Metal Hearts J
Address: B1 1-18-6 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061 (Google Map)
Available: Gas burner, oxy-fuel burner, kiln (upon request), roller, ultrasonic cleaner, etc., as well as basic tools for metal works.
Metal Hearts teaches traditional Japanese metal crafts. They also open their space to individuals interested in using their works space / tools by the hour. If interested, they provide short and long term classes for foreigners (with a translator) for the Japanese traditional crafts “Mokumegane” technique. Student discount is also available.
Happy Printers J
Open: 11:00 ~ 19:00 everyday (File acceptances close around 18:00)
Address: Flag 1B 3-27-15 Jingumae Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001 (Google Map)
Available: laser cutter, UV printer, latex printer
Happy Printers is not just a normal printing shop, it’s “the most exciting print shop”. Their unique store concept has won the 2014 Good Design Award. It’s a place where you can explore the endless possibilities of 2D printing, by them offering the ability to output various types of printed materials through commercial ink-jet printers. Customers are encouraged to participate in the creative process by sharing and discussing ideas. Their workshops offer great learning experiences, as well as ideas for your next project.
Tokyo Hacker Space B
Open: 24hrs for all members
Address: 1-16-6, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 (Google Map)
Available: welder, laser cutter, solder station, industrial sewing machine, grinder, desktop mill, jigsaw table, circular saw, etc.
Tokyo Hacker Space runs its shop off of a small garage space with communal work space and tools that members can benefit from at a reasonable cost. Paid members get 24hour access to all equipment and space. It’s pretty much a DIY environment and there are no “staff” that guide you through, but introductory classes for each machines are available upon request, given by other members on a volunteer basis. Every Tuesday is free night for drop-ins for English speakers, and Wednesday is a free night for Japanese speakers. The group mix is international, as well as the profession mix varying from tech/engineer professions to creative types.