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    Needed! New Manufacturing Heroes

    by  • October 31, 2016 • community shops, distributed manufacturing, The New Industrial Revolution • 0 Comments

    As a small manufacturer in Durham, NC, I’ve seen the stagnation of manufacturing and the job crisis up close. Jobs matter here and elsewhere. Yet, as anyone who has walked the downtown streets of rust-belt towns knows, returning manufacturing to our communities has an important value beyond that of creating jobs. We’ve learned from...

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    Furniture Makers are Thinking and Working Green

    by  • November 20, 2015 • collaboration, community shops, distributed manufacturing, furniture, Resources, shopbot • 0 Comments

    Furniture maker and Furniture Society Board of Trustees President Steffi Dotson has published an article, “Green Furniture: As Assessment of Furniture Society Member Work” in the Journal of Green Building, which was recently reprinted on the Furniture Society’s website. Ms. Dotson reports on how members of the Society ply their trade in ways that...

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    100kGarager Profile: InHaus Fabrication of Eugene, Oregon

    by  • June 5, 2015 • community shops, Design, distributed manufacturing, Featured 100k Users, Maker Pro, prototyping, shopbot • 0 Comments

    Kris notes: "Meet Milton, the CNC cut T-Rex shop mascot. It occurred to us, why have a sidewalk sandwich board when Milton can hold the signs. Plus, people are more likely to read if they have to walk around a T-Rex."

    Kristopher Schaefer started InHaus Fabrication, a digital fabrication shop, in May of 2014, and things have been buzzing ever since. InHaus provides prototype production, industrial design service, custom promotional material, and high end packaging. InHaus is furnished with a ShopBot CNC router, 3D printer, and a laser cutter. Kris also offers software training classes...

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    ADX Portland makerspace serves a thriving creative community

    by  • May 28, 2015 • collaboration, community shops, Featured 100k Users, Maker Movement, maker spaces, The Digital Fab Revolution • 0 Comments

    ADX Founder Kelley Roy

    Talking recently with ADX Portland’s founder and owner Kelley Roy, she commented that about 1500 people move to Portland every month, and among these are a lot of people who are joining a growing community of makers. “There are so many people here who are hungry to learn how to make for themselves, very...

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    FabLab Tacoma serves the community’s students and entrepreneurs

    by  • April 19, 2015 • 3D Cutter, community shops, Featured 100k Users, Maker Movement, maker spaces, prototyping, Resources, shopbot • 1 Comment

    Founded in late 2012 by Stephen Tibbitts, FabLab Tacoma is a community-based prototyping and technology workshop that’s open to the public with a membership business model. I spoke with Stephen recently to learn more. “We opened up the FabLab to provide easy access to cutting-edge design and prototyping equipment such as a ShopBot CNC...

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    On Digital Fab and the Next Industrial Revolution

    by  • February 10, 2015 • collaboration, community shops, Design, distributed manufacturing, Handibot Power Tool, Maker Pro, The Digital Fab Revolution, The New Industrial Revolution • 0 Comments

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    During the last several years I have written a number of times about digital fabrication being the catalyst for the “next industrial revolution”. As our own best example, we see our “open” design, development, and production plans for the Handibot Smart Tool as a good example of how the potential of digital fab might...

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    100kGaragers featured in the AtFAB Open Source Living Room

    by  • May 29, 2014 • collaboration, community shops, Design, distributed manufacturing, Featured 100k Users, furniture, Maker Movement • 1 Comment

    Designers and architects Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher of AtFAB created an innovative and fun destination at this year’s “flagship” Maker Faire in San Mateo. As Anne explained, “We designed the AtFAB Open Source Living Room to offer Maker Faire visitors a place to take a break, and to learn about CNC fabrication, distributed...

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    A Maker’s Journey to Maker PRO: The Timbrr Stylus story

    by  • May 15, 2014 • community shops, Design, Maker Movement, maker spaces, prototyping, shopbot, The Digital Fab Revolution, The New Industrial Revolution

    The first thing that strikes you when you step inside Dom Peralta’s garage/maker space in San Mateo isn’t necessarily the high-pitched drilling of his ShopBot Desktop’s spindle. Rather it’s the very pleasant and heady aroma of natural California cedar. That’s because the ShopBot is hard at work precision-cutting wooden dowels of cedar for the...

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    World’s first “origami” kayak sets sail out of TechShop SF

    by  • February 26, 2014 • community shops, Design, prototyping, TechShop, The Digital Fab Revolution, The New Industrial Revolution • 1 Comment

    Designer and Oru Kayak founder Anton Willis grew up in rural Mendocino County, with easy access to rivers, lakes, and the ocean. In 2008, a move into a small San Francisco apartment forced his fiberglass kayak into storage. Inspired by an article on new advances in the art and science of origami, Willis sketched...

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    Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan on the New Industrial Revolution

    by  • February 25, 2014 • collaboration, community shops, The New Industrial Revolution • 0 Comments

    Lots of people have been writing about it. We thought that Zach Kaplan’s little video does a really nice job of summing up what a big change this represents for designing, manufacturing, and making a living…   What do you think? What are the challenges and opportunities you are seeing in your digital fabrication...

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