Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you are an entrepreneur, a maker, an artist, an artisan, or just curious you will find like-minded people who share their experiences and knowhow at Pangloss Labs. Innovation is everywhere, so why not here in our corner of the world? With ten different collaborative innovation labs including a fully equipped fablab and shared workspacethere is something for everyone. Our accessible training courses can teach you new skills every week. We’re building the future right here. How about you?
A Pangloss Member Project is a project run by one or more of the Pangloss Labs members. This type of project may be personal (e.g. 3D print a present for a family member), associative (creation or running of an non-profit association) or a business (we are a group of entrepreneurs!). Showcasing business projects on our site shows how well we are achieving our association's goal of helping local entrepreneurs. To see Pangloss Member Projects, please click here.
A Pangloss Project with Partners is a project run by the Pangloss Labs association, in conjunction with one or more other organisations or one run by other organisations in which Pangloss Labs participates. Examples include the Ferney-Voltaire event for Fete de la Science and our participation in the Open Geneva hackathon. One or more Pangloss members work on the project with other organisations. To see the Pangloss Projects with Partners, please click here.
A Pangloss Project is a project run by the Pangloss Labs association, for the benefit of the Pangloss Labs association. One or more Pangloss members work on the project to improve the facilities or knowhow here at Pangloss Labs. To see Pangloss projects, please click here
There are 3 ways to pay your subscription for Pangloss Labs membership:
  1. Using a credit card on-site (ask a member of the conciergerie)
  2. Bank Transfer to: France Bank: Credit Mutuel, IBAN : FR7610278073630002130510140, BIC : CMCIFR2A) but remember to tag your payment with your name!
  3. Online via HelloAsso
Currently we have multiple 3D printers, covering filament-based (single, dual and mixing), DLP and sintering technologies, including a giant machine that can roughly print a full-size chair.  We have three CNC machines (2x 3 axis & one 4 axis), a laser cutter, 3D scanners, and a vinyl cutter.  If you have a machine sitting under-used at home, come talk to us.  A complete list of machines, along with pictures, can be found on our fablab page.
Like all fablabs, you need to be trained on the machines in the lab. Once you've attended a training course you're good to reserve the machine for a small hourly fee.  The machines cannot be reserved during the Open Pangloss slots, as they'll be in use for demo purposes - but as a Pangloss member you could be the one doing the demo!
Pangloss is a fictional character in the 1759 novel called Candide by Voltaire. Pangloss' full name is Dr. Peter Pangloss. Dr. Pangloss is Candide’s tutor and mentor. He teaches that in this best of all possible worlds, everything happens out of absolute necessity, and that everything happens for the best. Like Dr. Pangloss' teachings, our association believes in the same "curious, optimistic" philosophy.
The Pangloss Labs association is an open innovation laboratory for Greater Geneva. We are a mix of open source third-space, collective research space, ecological Fablab and support structure for entrepreneurship. We share a multidisciplinary space between entrepreneurs, associations, self-employed, SMEs, and curious individuals. Our group is non-political, non-religious and open to all who love to innovate and co-create together.
Good things happen when you join Pangloss ! Pangloss members get the following benefits: * Access to the innovation laboratories in priority order, at a discounted price * Invitations to events * Freebies and discounts in events * Advise/counsel from experts * Access to the members-only Slack team, where we use the latest technologies to guide the evolution of Pangloss Labs in it's goal of helping people like you. * For more information about benefits, check out our membership page
Please go to our Events Calendar and check what's coming up. If you are a member, you are entitled for membership benefits like discounts, freebies and other cool stuff !