The FabCafe in Shibuya, Japan offers espresso beverages alongside a laser cutter that patrons can use for a fee.
The FabCafe in Shibuya, Japan is an innovative workshop-cafe hybrid that offers its patrons laser cutting services as well as cups of coffee. The ‘Fab’ in its name has a double meaning, as it could be for fabulous or fabrication. Patrons are invited to bring Adobe Illustrator files into the cafe, which the laser cutter will then create in paper, felt, acrylic, wood and other materials. This service is usually cost restrictive to carry out but Spoon & Tamago notes that the machine costs 2000 yen ($24) if you share it with up to 3 people for 30mins or 5000 ($60) yen if you want it to yourself.