Newsletter February 2013
This is the February 2013 Newsletter of the International Fab Lab Association. It is an association of individuals interested in and/or involved in the Fab Lab community. It is a democratic organization run by its members. We will inform you about what is happening in the Fab Lab world and how you can participate. Feel free to forward this Newsletter!
- From the board
- Picture of the monthNew Book: FabLab — Of Machines, Makers and Inventors
- New Resources on Starting a Fab Lab
- Peter Uithoven: Participate in the Open Source Community
- Picture of the Month
- Upcoming events:
Fab Lab Operations webinar on Friday, March 1st, 2013
The Science of Digital Fabrication, March 7, 2013, MIT
From the board
From left to right: Peter, Betty, Lass, Axel, Lindi, Alex, Chris, Katie, Nicolas
It took us a looong time to bring out this issue of our newsletter ... but here you go, finally.
The big news is that just before Christmas we hit the magic number 200 in terms of members: yes, that's you out there! And the counter stands at 230 just now. I would not be surprised to have welcomed another couple of new members by the time this message reaches you. This is also more than double the amount of people we were a year ago.
Also the number of labs has been exploding, with new countries coming online: Turkey, Chile, Curaçao, Togo, South Korea, 2 new labs in Australia, 7 new labs in France ... an amazing growth ... the Iceland wiki already shows 234 labs (of which many in preparation).
But we are not finished yet. There are still so many enthusiastic, ingenuous and inventive people out there using Fab Labs day in day out anywhere on this planet. Let's all make them connect through Fab Lab International. Tell your friends to sign up at http://fablabinternational.org/fab-association/how-to-join. Together we want to become the biggest community of Fab Lab users.
FABulous greetings! Alex, Axel, Betty, Chris, Katie, Lass, Lindi, Nicolas, Peter
New Book: FabLab — Of Machines, Makers and Inventors
Exciting times also on the news front. In March, a new book with the title FabLab – Of Machines, Makers and Inventors will be published (ISBN 978-3-8376-2382-6). Worldwide orders from amazon or a comparable platform, as well as from the publisher’s website (http://www.transcript-verlag.de/main/int_int.php) are possible as soon as the book is printed. The book has been collated by Julia Walter-Herrmann and Corinne Büching ... and this is its content:
Notes on FabLabs by Julia Walter-Herrmann & Corinne Büching
Notes on the Movement by Karsten Joost
FabLabs – A Global Social Movement? by Julia Walter-Herrmann
Homo Fabber and the Law by Lambert Grosskopf
Gendered FabLabs? by Tanja Carstensen
Fabricating Environments for Children by Irene Posch
Materiality and virtuality
Notes on Materiality and Virtuality by Bruce Sterling
Considering Algorithmics and Aesthetics by Frieder Nake
Digital Realities, Physical Action and Deep Learning FabLabs as Educational Environments? by Heidi Schelhowe
A Universe of Objects by Corinne Büching
Notes on Maker Culture by Eva-Sophie Katterfeldt, Anja Zeising & Michael Lund
The History of Production with Computers by Bernard Robben
Maker Culture, Digital Tools and Exploration Support for FabLabs by Eva-Sophie Katterfeldt
Thoughts from the Road of a FabLab Nomad by Jens Dyvik
Technology and Infrastructure
Notes on Technology and Infrastructure by Bre Pettis
Machines for Personal Fabrication by René Bohne
Digital Fabrication in Educational Contexts. Ideas for a Constructionist Workshop Setting by Nadine Dittert & Dennis Krannich
Making the Third Industrial Revolution, The Struggle for Polycentric Structures and a New Peer-Production Commons in the FabLab Community by Peter Troxler
CommunIty and Environment
Notes on Community and Environment by Bart Bakker
Digital Fabrication and ‘Making’ in Education, The Democratization of Invention by Paulo Blikstein
Urban Development with FabLabs by Axel Sylvester & Tanja Döring
Small Ideas, Big Opportunities. FabLab at Vigyan Ashram Pabal, India by Yogesh Ramesh Kulkarni
Affordable Medical Prostheses Created in FabLabs by Alex Schaub
FabLabs, Thoughts and Remembrances by Sherry Lassiter
New Resources on Starting a Fab Lab
These are a bunch of nice links to share with your friends who want to start their own lab:
- Massimo Menichinelli (Aalto Fab Lab, Helsinki): 10 things to do when starting a Fab Lab
- Matt Norris (Fab Lab Tulsa): Starting a Fab Lab: 10 Things We Learned
- Fabien Eychenne: Fab Labs Overview (online English version)
Picture of the month
What are you seeing, where on earth is this found and what is its relation with Fab Labs?
|The picture riddle of the November 2012 issue of our Newsletter will be solved later.|
Fab Lab Operations Webinar
1 March 2013, 12pm Eastern, 90 minutes. Register at: http://www.matecnetworks.org/webreg/fablab.php
with: Steve Gallagher (Fox Valley Technical College), Tom Singer (Sinclair Community College),
Doug Prehoda (Mott Community College), Kelly Zona (Community College of Baltimore County), Jim Janisse (Fox Valley Technical College)
The Science of Digital Fabrication
7 March 2013, all day, MIT, E14-638, program see here: http://cba.mit.edu/events/13.03.scifab/index.html (registration required).
This workshop will review the research required to turn data into things and things into data, gathering an emerging interdisciplinary community to provide input to guide policy and programs in this area. It is open but requires registration based on available space; to register send your name and any institutional affiliation you'd like to include to <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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