The digital revolution is behind us. It is time for a new one: Personal Fabrication.The possibility 'to make almost anything', at home, using desktop machines. It is almost within reach, thanks to a concept by Neil Gershenfeld from MIT. It's called a FabLab, and exists of a set of machines with which you can make almost anything.
Fablab Amersfoort is a bottom up grassroots Fablab. Four artists have decided to take matters into their own hands and not wait for funding, but start a Fablab in Amersfoort themselves. We use mostly self-built and open source machines. We plan to have our whole lab open source as soon as possible.
The focus of Fablab Amersfoort is on recycling of materials. We want to become a sustainable Fablab. Already the heating in the lab is done using a pellet stove that burns the wood waste of our neighbour who makes furniture.
We are always looking for nice new people who want to figure out more ways of re-using materials for use in the machines of the lab.
Mission: fab labs are a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access for individuals to tools for digital fabrication. Access: you can use the fab lab to make almost anything (that doesn't hurt anyone); you must learn to do it yourself, and you must share use of the lab with other uses and users
Education: training in the fab lab is based on doing projects and learning from peers; you're expected to contribute to documentation and instruction
Responsibility: you're responsible for:
- safety: knowing how to work without hurting people or machines
- cleaning up: leaving the lab cleaner than you found it
- operations: assisting with maintaining, repairing, and reporting on tools, supplies, and incidents Secrecy: designs and processes developed in fab labs must remain available for individual use although intellectual property can be protected however you choose Business: commercial activities can be incubated in fab labs but they must not conflict with open access, they should grow beyond rather than within the lab, and they are expected to benefit the inventors, labs, and networks that contribute to their success.
Secrecy: designs and processes developed in fab labs must remain available for individual use although intellectual property can be protected however you choose