This is a report commissioned by the US Office of Science and Technology Policy about personal manufacturing, Fab Labs, and related efforts:
From the report:
This report outlines the emergence of personal manufacturing technologies, describes their potential economic and social benefits, and recommends programs the government should consider to realize this potential.
Personal manufacturing machines, sometimes called “fabbers,” are the pint-sized, low-cost descendants of factory-scale, mass manufacturing machines. Personal-scale manufacturing machines use the same fabrication methods as their larger, industrial ancestors, but are smaller, cheaper, and easier to use. Home-scale machines, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and programmable sewing machines, combined with the right electronic design blueprint, enable people to manufacture functioning products at home, on demand, at the press of a button. In just a few hours, these mini-factory machines can produce a simple object like a toothbrush, or make complex machine components, artisan-style jewelry or household goods. Within a few years, personal manufacturing machines may be sophisticated enough to enable regular people to manufacture complicated objects such as integrated electronic devices.
A number of converging forces are bringing industrial-scale design and manufacturing tools to a tipping point where they will become cheap, reliable, easy, and versatile enough for personal use. The rapid adoption of personal manufacturing technologies is accelerated by low cost machinery, active online user communities, easier-to-use computer aided design (CAD) software, a growing number of online electronic design blueprints, and more easily available raw materials.
Personal manufacturing technologies will profoundly impact how we design, make, transport, and consume physical products. As manufacturing technologies follow the path from factory to home use, like personal computers, “personalized” manufacturing tools will enable consumers, schools, and businesses to work and play in new ways.
This is a nice collection of articles about cool stuff you can do with a laser cutter:
Ten Best Articles on Laser Cutting of 2010
Ponoko appears to be a mail-order digital fabrican service.
Hat tip to Betty Barrett.
Monday, January 3 at 6:00pm, in the Fab Lab meeting area. Meeting to finalize Urbana Arts Grant application.
The CUCFL "Friends" held the first general meeting on Dec. 16, 2010.
The next meeting will be 20 Jan 2011 (tentative).
Please find attached notes from the Dec. meeting.
-- REMcG, acting chair
Full post and discussion here:
We've created a new Facebook Page for the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab:
In addition to actually using the page, links to posts on the Fab Lab website are automatically posted to this page's wall.
We've also added a "Share" button to our website that will allow website users to easily link to content using dozens of social networking services.
Lastly, since I post on cucfablab.org far more often than I post on Facebook, I've set up my Facebook account to automatically share items that I post in "Luke Scharf's Blog". If anyone wants to see how to set this up, let me know and I'll either show you how to do it or post a writeup.
Create a cheesecake platter and trophy for a series of cheesecake competitions related to the Fab Lab.
The Business/Operations committee writes:
Fab Lab Open Session Hours, beginning Monday 12/20/2010:
This is Alan's sample blog entry.
The other day I found an object on Thingiverse that I wanted to make because it's close to Christmas. THE Christmas Tree Christmas Tree Ornament!
The design can be found here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:170
"May I Just ask one question... would anyone like any toast?"
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it follows that a bulk reflow mechanism is a desirable resource. Specifically, a device that can
We are expanding the hours of the Fab Lab on Mondays and Thursdays, on a trial basis. The Fab Lab open session hours are now as follows:
A DISCUSSION ON FAB ACADEMY HOSTING & PARTICIPATION FOR SPRING 2011 AT CHAMPAIGN-URBANA COMMUNITY FAB LAB WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 2 @ 5:30 PM
A Fab Academy prep video (Fab Lab videoconference at mcu.cba.mit.edu) is set for 9:00 am Boston time over the polycom next week on Tue Dec 7 - attend if you can!
There doesn't seem to be documentation on how to use the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms video conferencing system from non-Windows computers, so here's my take. I recommend recommended connecting to the CBA video conferencing server from Ubuntu Linux as follows:
There doesn't seem to be documentation on how to use the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms video conferencing system from non-Windows computers, so here's my take. I recommend recommended connecting to the CBA video conferencing server from Mac OS X as follows:
The Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 25th. The Fab Lab will be open on Monday November 22nd, and Sunday November 28th.