In the last decade, we have witnessed the flourishing of the maker movement. This blooming has bring forward some terms such as DIY, Maker community, Fab Lab, makerspace or hackerspaces. However, many people still does not have clear which are the differences among the difference terms. Actually, this is not a trivial question since, some of the terms are mixed up and used as synonyms even in the research literature. In this post, I will try to clarify those terms (even when there is no clear consensus on the definition) and from that explain what a Fab Lab really is.
Creativity, innovation & digital fabrication for business and education – boosting the Oulu ecosystem
Digital fabrication and technology making are significant topics of today that require attention both from industry and education, being associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution that includes developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, and genetics and biotechnology, and that will cause widespread disruption not only to business models but also to labor markets over the next five years, with enormous change predicted in the skill sets needed to thrive in the new landscape.
What is this blog about?
Welcome to the official Fab Lab Oulu blog!!!. In this first post I would like to briefly present our Fab Lab and why we decided to open this blog. In October 2015, University of Oulu inaugurated in its Linnanmaa campus the second Fab Lab in Finland. Our Fab Lab was born with the idea of opening the world of Digital Fabrication not only to our students and researchers but also to all Oulu citizens.