Seven Key Points To Advocate the DIY FabLab

  1. It puts physical computing technologies in the hands of a wider community, helping them to develop relevant skills, thus building employability. This may bridge significant social and digital divides.
  2. It provides a context for a wide range of people to explore and innovate.
  3. It builds local capacity for incubating new high-skill, high-tech enterprises.
  4. Its electronics re-use methodology is green and local (with low energy input and minimal transport costs) developing positive ecological, social and economic outcomes.
  5. It re-mobilises local engagement with manufacture, and may contribute to future regional economic resilience.
  6. Its minimal capital cost (achieved through a DIY approach, re-using and repurposing available devices) will maximise potential for replication.
  7. The open development model will amplify impacts beyond the local by freely disseminating effective innovations to enterprises and civic organisations.