Access Space DIY-FabLab

Access Space

Access Space is a free, open access digital learning centre for a wide variety of local people. Participants pursue their own creative and technical projects and contribute to a community of support. The centre's network is built from recycled computers running free, open source software.

The DIY-FabLab

This project will introduce a FabLab (fabrication laboratory) - a suite of computer-controlled machine tools able to manufacture diverse objects, including high-tech devices. A typical FabLab is costly, operated by experts with established agendas. In contrast, the Access Space DIY-FabLab will introduce low cost and self-built machines to self-selected participants to facilitate exploratory, experimental use.

Benefits include social, educational, developmental, environmental and innovation impacts.

  • People uninspired by IT will be engaged by its potential to operate on physical objects.
  • The FabLab will support playful experimentation, developing new skills and innovations.
  • Making use of Access Space's supply of locally recycled computers, the FabLab will investigate electronic re-use and re-purposing.
  • The low cost model developed by this project will maximise potential for replication.

Access Space's peer-learning network relies on the enthusiasm of participants to pursue their own projects combined with their sense of community.

  • How can participants' activities be studied without compromising this support structure? The project will establish consensual, participatory methodologies that maintain participants' senses of agency and community.

Access Space's holistic model exploits synergies between creativity, recycling, community, learning and network technologies. The FabLab will increase potential for synergies between digital and physical activities.

  • What synergies may emerge from introducing a FabLab as a bridge between the digital and physical realms?
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