I’m reading a paper analyzing the economic effectiveness of the Green Fab Lab Network concept.
3D Printing at The Cooper Union
Charles R. Goulding and Johnson Jiang examine how a 3D printing lab helped transform Cooper Union.
Book of the Week: The Kickstart Guide To Making Great Makerspaces
This week’s selection is “The Kickstart Guide To Making Great Makerspaces” by Laura Fleming.
Susana Marques’s Journey To Real 3D Printed Fashions, Part 1
We had a chance to interview Susana Marques, a fashion designer who has been using a number of 3D printers to develop functional and attractive fabrics.
Tour: TinkerMill Makerspace in Longmont, Colorado
The tour of this makerspace just outside Denver and Boulder, Colorado took place in September 2019, long before COVID-19 flipped spaces like these on their heads.
3D Printing Helps Save Patients During Virus Crisis, And You Should Too
A quick-acting FabLab in Northern Italy may have saved many lives through rapid production of replacement parts. They are not the only ones who should do so.
Funding Makerspaces With 3D Printing?
Engineers from Michigan Technological University and re:3D propose funding makerspaces and FabLabs through 3D printing of commercial objects, but I have some serious concerns about the concept’s viability.
The Practical Applications of 3D Printing in a Fabrication Lab
Jeff Stobbe is the Maintenance Manager for North America’s largest fabrication and rapid prototyping facility.
Two 3Dwox Updates
The increasing popularity of the amazing 3Dwox desktop 3D printer from Sindoh tells me readers may be interested in two subtle updates about the device.
Autodesk Announces Gift of $25,000 in Product Design Software for Every Fab Lab
When it comes to equipping tomorrow’s designers and engineers with the tools they need to create compelling projects today, few companies have been as generous in offering access to software, tools and even fabrication facilities as Autodesk has.
Making, 3D Printing a Part of Egypt’s Change
It was another testy day in the post-revolution Cairo of 2012, with protestors and police crowding streets that threatened to erupt into violence.
Will You Help the Ouaga Lab?
There are a great many Fab Labs in the world doing great things, but there’s one that you might want to support: the Ouaga Lab.
Obama Likes 3D Printing
During last night’s annual State of the Union address, US President Obama actually mentioned 3D printing and positioned it as one of his key strategies for reinvigorating the US manufacturing industry. Specifically, he’s extending the experiment begun at the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute experiment, launched in August 2012. This institute attempts to speed… Continue reading Obama Likes 3D Printing
Are FabLabs Enough?
We’re reading a fascinating and provocative article by entrepreneur Nick Pelling detailing his thoughts around the uses of 3D printing, manufacturing processes and creativity. Pelling feels that the simple Fablabs sprouting up all over are insufficient for inventors and entrepreneurs to truly prototype for mass production. Prototypes “for looks”, just aren’t good enough. … Continue reading Are FabLabs Enough?
US Government To Operate Fab Labs?
What? We think of Fab Labs as independent operations supplying a focus for local fabrication activities, channeling ideas, tools, techniques, parts and space together where Great Things Evolve. Typically they spring up out of grassroots ideas from strong proponents who just make it happen, sometimes with local academic or corporate sponsorship. But now we read… Continue reading US Government To Operate Fab Labs?
Visiting a FabLab
There’s a great photojourney of a visit through Aachen’s FabLab at lekernel’s scrapbook, including images of their 3D printer, laser cutter and milling machine. What exactly is a “FabLab”? Here’s the Wikipedia definition: A Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop with an array of computer controlled tools that cover several different length… Continue reading Visiting a FabLab