** Images are actual projects being developed in 2018
“In a new book, Designing Reality, Gershenfeld and his brothers Joel (a social policy and management professor) and Alan (a videogame executive) note that in the short runâ€”the next decadeâ€”we’d see a Kinkoâ€™s-like situation, with local shops helping people make specialized objects. Twenty years out, fabbing could lead to customized goods with fabricators owned by neighbors, say. â€œMass production may not disappear,â€ Alan tells me, â€œbut it may no longer be the heartbeat of the economy.â€ Big firms might shift to selling designs and cool, raw materials.”
“â€œIkea owns a big property company and is now moving into residential development,â€ she says of Space10â€™s research. â€œWe have a big opportunity to actually realize this project within the foreseeable future.â€ (Watch out WeWork). The studioâ€™s fab city plan - a collaboration with Fab Lab Barcelona and TomÃ¡s Diez (one of the pioneers of the â€˜fab labâ€™) - is also helping turn Poblenou, an area in Barcelona thatâ€™s home to a number of â€˜makerspaces,â€™ into â€˜the first fab city of the worldâ€™.”
“The Fab City Global Initiative shows how cities, working in concert with local communities and global business partners, can blueprint the next generation of nimble and reactive public service solutions; provide residents with the skillset to succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution; attract business clusters to improve competitiveness and build urban resilience; and, in time, reduce environmental footprints. In short, it offers an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the movement thatâ€™s spearheading the shift to a circular economy. ”
Tomas Directs Fab Lab Barcelona at IAAC. He is running the Fab City Initiative worldwide, and has started a series of projects inside the Fab Lab Network: Smart Citizen or Fablabs.io, among other.
Jani is MSc (tech.) in electrical engineering 2014 and Fab Academy graduate 2015. He is founder and director of Fab Lab Oulu in University of Oulu. He has instructed Fab Academy for three years and all of his 17 students have passed the global evaluation. These are currently only students graduating in Finland. He is one of the first persons to get the Fab Academy accredited by university. He is a board member of technical piloting projects and acting member on digital fabrication and 3D-printing projects such as Futurena(to print human kidney) or Novidam (to print several new kind of objects of new materials). He is also university lecturer in digital fabrication.
He is the Head of innovation labs and CSR operation at at the 3D printing company Stratasys, Inc. at his previous position as the director for academic research he shaped and manage products, created the first global 3D printing curriculum that is implemented in universities worldwide and the first Certification for additive manufacturing. He is presently a lecturer at IDC Media School focused on tangible UX, UI with digital fabrication and programming. Ohad is also the CTO of IdeaHub that focus on learning by making by developing deep learning skills in China. Establish and run the Israeli FabLab network and an instructor since 2011 at the global Fab Academy Diploma course for Digital Fabrication where you can learn how to make almost anything. His research projects include exploring the relationship between digital fabrication, education and its social impact, and check how those new technologies can shape our daily life and the way we manufacture today. And the relation between personal fabrication and collective composition.
Prof. Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. His unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments. Technology from his lab has been seen and used in settings including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers and automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows and Sami herds. He is the author of numerous technical publications, patents, and books including Fab, When Things Start To Think, The Nature of Mathematical Modeling, and The Physics of Information Technology, and has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The Economist, NPR, CNN, and PBS. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has been named one of Scientific American’s 50 leaders in science and technology, as one of 40 Modern-Day Leonardos by the Museum of Science and Industry, one of Popular Mechanic’s 25 Makers, has been selected as a CNN/Time/Fortune Principal Voice, and by Prospect/Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 public intellectuals. Dr. Gershenfeld has a BA in Physics with High Honors from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University, honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College, Strathclyde University and the University of Antwerp, was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows, and a member of the research staff at Bell Labs.