Fab Labs overview

This report offers a synthesis and analysis of several Fab Labs visited during 2011

This report offers a synthesis and analysis of several Fab Labs visited during 2011. It’s been translated from the French by Jianne Whelthon from "Tour d’horizon des Fab Labs" (French version : http://www.slideshare.net/slidesharefing/tour-dhorizon-des-fab-labs)

This is not a step-by-step manual that describes how to set up and operate a Fab lab. The goal of the present research was to move beyond mundane, project- related discourse toward establishing a more complete typology : we went into the field to meet Fab lab operators, and spoke directly with Fab lab users. The present document is an introduction to the Fab lab concept that intends to document and analyse this growing phenomenon, including an attempt to provide an accurate description of the stakes involved in Fab lab operation. The primary objectives are to document Fab labs’ day-to-day functioning, observe real-world uses, practices, and projects, and understand emerging business models through interviews with users, management teams and Fab lab project owners.

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