Systems that simplify a task in the industrial revolution are now part of our personal equipment that help us make almost anything, from big industrial machines to personal and customized machines. Simone Amber, Co-founder of Fab Lab Connect, reports today from MACHINES Day at #Fab14, in Toulouse, France. It featured a display of the innovative solutions that experts and amateurs can use to build their own machines and develop new ways towards the future of how things are made.
Symposium Machines was moderated by Neil Gershenfeld. Speakers were Areti Markopolou, Sam Zeloof, Andy Cavatorta, Alfredo Zolezzi, Nicolai Peitersen.
Andy Cavatorta spoke about machines & music.
Areti Markopolou is an architect, and her theme was Design for building performance. She showed an enormous and light 3D printer they created that could be brought on site and used to print very large walls for example.
Nicolai Peitersen wrote the book “The Ethical Economy” and his message is about systemic change.
The “Wiki Factory” wants to create the internet of production. One process from design to manufacturing.
Sam Zeloof just graduated from high school. Here are images of his parent’s two-car garage turned into his lab. He makes basic semiconductors and chips.
Sam built his tools and machines under a tight budget. Amazing work as he buys old or broken machines and fixes them.
Alfredo Zolezzi says the theme is Innovation with purpose. We have to take action. We don’t need money. We need collaboration. We need disruption but incremental innovation.
Regarding their Portable Water Unit, their discovery could make them rich by selling their patents but would not reach the poor people it was created for. They chose another path.
Airbus helped them to show impact in a Kenya slum for their water machine
The audience responded with a long applause!
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