SHOE FABLAB

Where ideas take shape

O CTCP's Shoe FabLab is a laboratory of experimental prototyping and learning with the objective of supporting the creativity and the development of new collaborative projects, through access to means of manufacture and knowledge in the areas of footwear and leather goods. Where any individual or persons with common goals can collaborate and gain access to resources and skills to support the development of projects, both individual and corporate, making the network of people and entities associated with CTCP's Shoe FabLab grow and the community be the necessary force for the development of successful projects.

Its strategic pillars are Entrepreneurship, Practical Training, Experimentation and Industrial Engineering.
In operation since 2018, Shoe FabLab follows a philosophy of continuous improvement under the guidance of what is the strategic plan of the Cluster, adapting itself continuously to the needs of each moment. The methodology of work is 'learn by doing', which begins with the design of the project by the author and ends with the materialization of prototypes and prospecting new business.

SHOE FABLAB CHARTER

Do, Learn, Share

Mission

It intends to offer the ideal conditions to foster the spirit of innovation and creativity within the Footwear and Leather goods Cluster, by providing tools for the manufacture of footwear and leather goods.


Access

Shoe FabLab is available to the community, offering free access to those who want to learn by doing it for themselves, sharing the same space with other projects and other users.


Means

CAD system, cutting tables, sewing machines, faceting machine, eyelet and riveting machine, cobbler assembly bench, sander, glue reactivator, pneumatic press, brushing machine and various manual work tools.

Responsibilities

Safety - Do not injure people or equipment;
Use - Assist in the cleaning, maintenance or improvement of the laboratory;
Knowledge - Contribute with documentation or contents of interest to the Cluster.


Startups Incubation

Shoe FabLab commercial activities can be developed and incubated, if they do not limit the action of other users. These activities should grow beyond Shoe FabLab and creators and the Cluster in general are expected to benefit from its success.


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What people say

“On a professional level it was very important. I've been a quality controller for about a year and a half. Having the knowledge from the beginning to the end of creating a shoe, from the idea to the packaging, answered me many questions and made me understand concepts that will help me to be a better professional, more prepared and informed to do my best in this job role.“

Mauro Moreira, Quality Control - footwear. Office High-end Shoe participant.

“The workshops promoted by CTCP allow us to grow as professionals who want to start working in the footwear sector. We have a broader view of all the processes and the complexity of 'giving life' to the shoes we have idealized. It gives us tools which allow us to be able, on one hand, to know how to produce and on the other hand to create models capable of being produced.“

Maria Inês, Footwear Designer. Fit2comfort Workshop participant.