Open Knowledge Sharing in FabLab

By Vera Leisibach on
An IS CreaLab Project

The world wide FabLab community is based on the idea of networking, cooperation and open source. The availability of high-tech prototyping machines for “everyone“ is a cornerstone of FabLab. Since 2005 this vision has created meeting places for specialists and enthusiasts to engage with technology bottom-up. The FabLabs provide digital tools but focus on materialisation, fabrication, scaling and interaction of materials and on sharing this knowledge. In practice, the potential of sharing through collaboration between the global FabLabs is far from exhausted.
The project is aimed at understanding what conditions are needed to support the FabLab community in sharing, transferring and transforming knowledge across national, cultural, professional and language boundaries.