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Digital Fabrication is transforming production and consumption

Produce local, send global

What is Digital Fabrication?

Digital Fabrication is the use of computer-aided design (CAD) programs to cut, print or laser to create something with additive (3d printing) and subtractive (CNC, laser) manufacturing. The machines used to perform these tasks are usually a laser cutter, 3d printer or CNC. Machines for Digital Fabrication are often found in small-scale workshops, makerspaces and Fab Labs (fabrication laboratories). Currently, Digital Fabrication or Digital Modelling is most commonly known within the architectural realm, creating space for methods of rapid prototyping, new form and structural integrity (to see an extensive glossary on Fab Labs and any keywords which you have not seen or heard before, see our article on Fab Labs).

Why Fab Labs?

Why do Fab Labs exist? Aside from the obvious – a space to make things – Fab Labs represent a form of empowerment. They create the space for you to think outside the box where you can dream, design and make a product tailored to your needs and desires. This is called personal production, rather than mass-scale production. There are many things which can be made in a Fab Lab – from navigational systems to prosthetics or environmental sensors. Some of the most inspiring projects from Fab Labs and ardent makers are listed below.

“There are currently 1800 Fab Labs in + 100 countries globally.”

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