From Fab Lab Yachay: They might seem like two common words, but together they have a high transforming power: digital manufacturing. We are experiencing a new industrial revolution that is leading us to digitized creation processes and custom production, and we are not just talking about 3D printers. Digital manufacture, which basically consists in converting computer designs into real projects, is going to turn us all into producer-consumers capable of making shoes, houses or orthopedic prostheses.
3D printers have helped in the first steps of this field, and although there are many other machines that can achieve the same goal they are still inaccessible for many people. Digital Manufacturing Labs (Fab Lab), originating in the MIT Bits and Atoms Center as a platform for cooperation between people and organizations around the world, are precisely responsible for giving access to these tools so that we can build almost anything.
Fab Labs are all over the world, and the one at Barcelona has had great success in Spain. There we found laser cutters, 3D scanners (to convert an object into a digital design schematic), milling machines, 3D printers, digital embroidery machines… Machines that are used in workshops and courses to bring this world closer to children and adults.