A BIG BIG BIG thank you to Lindi - South African FabLab network coordinator - for all your support and help! and congratulations on becoming the Registrar (Fab Charter, Rite-de-passage, official list of Fab Labs) !!
Meetings and more meetings the beginning of a great week!
Wow, Monday morning madness, its been a crazy weekend prepping for this week ahead. Our week is off to a great start! We have found the other part of our puzzle - tentatively - and are very positive and ideas are flooding in for possibilities on the great PILOT FABLAB NAMIBIA :) onward and upward!
The Cape Craft and Design Institute is a joint initiative of the Western Cape Provincial Goverment, AMTS, DST and CPUT. The CCDI incorporates a Fabrication Laboratory (Fab-lab), this laboratory is a high tech facility with open-source design software linked to digital desktop manufacturing technology.
This means that people in the emerging creative class will have access to improve their economic situation, grow their business and learn new skills.
Erica Elk, executive director of CCDI says ‘We aim at design that makes a difference to quality of life in our developing world.’ from South African crafts: style and social investment, Pingmag 2006.
One of the success stories is the range of wire tables and stools produced by Willard Musarurwa and developed by New York designer, Steven Burks, as part of the Aid to Artisans programme. They are being marketed in Italy and Europe by Enrico Basson of Artechnika and are availabe at Weylandts in South Africa.
We have been in contact with the amazing Kenyan FabLab — thank you for all the help and support Mr. Gachigi!
Meetings are going swiftly — have the Sme’s on board, NBIC was extremely interesting, DBN has helped greatly in lieu of further connections and just came back from a meeting with Mr Hipangelwa and his colleagues, we are feeling very positive and inspired, FabLab Namibia is moving forward to realization!
More meetings for next week —- so a presentation planning weekend ahead!
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.
Wooohooo! We are now officially listed on the planned Fablab list!!
We have just come back from visiting the Fablab in Cape Town, (Thanks for all your help Pieter!!) and the Soshanguve Fablab a week or so before that. Lots of insight gained! Next step organizing our presentation! Onward to opening the Fablab Namibia!!!