Well, guess what, there’s a new kid on the block and it’s making friends really, really fast.
FabLabs are all about making (physical) stuff. With 3D-printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, soldering sets and Arduino main-boards you have all the tools at hand to create a myriad of ideas (as long as you respect the fab charter).
The idea of rapid prototyping isn’t new and FabLabs have been around for some while, but the rise of affordable and easy to handle tools will change the rules of the game and up the ante. The near future vision depicts scenarios beyond the current state of FabLab subculture: a decentralization of production capabilities and a grass-root innovation culture.
Something I wrote a few years ago:
In the end, the question isn’t whether things are going to change, it’s about how they will change and to what extent every single one of us is going to contribute. Take your chances.
In Lucerne I caught a glimpse of the future. How am I, are you, are we and our companies/clients going to contribute?
Let’s figure this out.
You get to shape the future.