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FabLabs: The Road to Distributed and Sustainable Technological Training through Digital Manufacturing

Abstract: The fast expansion of digital culture has fostered the creation of makerspaces such as fabrication laboratories (FabLabs) that, thanks to their flexibility and their use of open source tools, strengthen the sense of community and produce true transformations within those communities. Despite their relevance, few studies focus on the characterization of these environments. This paper presents the results of the FabLab Global Survey, aimed at understanding the characteristics of FabLabs through the visions of their managers, or "FabManagers". The results show an enormous diversity of approaches within the FabLab movement that cannot be extrapolated to a single characteristic element, but that allow its global compression. Their properties reveal them as transforming elements that eliminate technological and cultural barriers, empowering user communities and optimizing learning processes regarding digital technology. FabLab activities allow not only economic and industrial development thanks to innovative projects, but also a digital technology approach for young students and the inclusion of minorities at risk, thus eliminating old cultural and social barriers.

 Autoría: García-Ruiz M.E., Lena-Acebo F.J.,

 Fuente: Sustainability 2022, 14, 3938

 Editorial: MDPI

 Fecha de publicación: 26/03/2022

 Nº de páginas: 32

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.3390/su14073938

 ISSN: 2071-1050