FabLabs around the World

2018?? Already??

Wendy Van Moer

Yes, it is already 2018! Time is flying… but let's look at the bright side of it. We have 365 new days to live, love and enjoy life. And, on top of that, 365 new days to read and enjoy our magazine!

A lot of new topics, new articles and new discussions are coming your way in 2018!

This February issue is dedicated to the Fabrication Laboratories all around the world!

A couple of years ago FabLabs were new and rare. Now you can find them almost everywhere.

But what is a FabLab?

This is what the official definition says: FabLab– digital fabrication laboratories– were set up to inspire people and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into new products and prototypes by giving them access to a range of advanced digital manufacturing technology (http://www.fablabni.com/ what-fablab.html).

The idea was conceived by renowned inventor and scientist Professor Neil Gershenfeld at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His idea was a simple one: to provide the environment, skills, advanced materials and technology to make things inexpensively and quickly anywhere in the world, and to make this available on a local basis to entrepreneurs, students, artists, small businesses and in fact, anyone who wants to create something new or bespoke.

To me, a FabLab is a place where everyone can enjoy instrumentation and measurement… a place where everyone can bring their creative ideas to life, without even realizing that they are fully overwhelmed by instrumentation and measurement! A perfect place to introduce children into instrumentation and measurements…

Enjoy this first issue of the year, because before you know 2019 will be knocking on your door…

Groetjes, Wendy

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