From Fab Lab Yachay: The Ateneus de Fabricació are a commitment of the city of Barcelona to promote technological learning and dynamics of employment in the context of digital manufacturing. It consists in a public space that encourages and supports social innovation projects, creation and learning through digital manufacturing using 3D printing machines, laser cutting, vinyl cutting and milling.
The aim of the initiative is to bring and approach the technology to the citizens, regardless of their background, origin, age or profession, three programs are implemented:
The Teaching Program:
-is carried out in collaboration with the Education Consortium of Barcelona. It provides the schools with the possibility of attending workshops and participating in school projects in order to introduce students to the world of digital manufacturing. Similarly, courses and training are specifically offered to teachers.
The Social Innovation Program:
-promotes collaboration in the creation and in the search for answers and social opportunities, with the aim of improving our communities and neighborhoods. Working with associative networks, concerned groups and entrepreneurs, proposing new ideas to reverse in the community.
The Family Program:
-is aimed at the neighborhood residents. The goal is to arouse their curiosity and provide them with the necessary tools and knowledge in order to develop projects and introduce them to digital technology.
Moreover, the “Ateneus de Fabricació” promote and encourage the co-working by the “Xarxa d’Ateneus de Fabricació” (XAF), which is composed by “Ateneus de Ciutat Meridiana”, “Fábrica del Sol” and “les Corts”. This net of fabrication centers allows people from different parts of the city and with different skills, to get in contact with one another in order to develop multidisciplinary projects. All the projects created are ‘open source’, so everyone in the world can download, modify and have access to them.