The production of the future: sustainable, local and innovative 

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📍 3rd October 2023 – German Unity Day in Hamburg and we were there!

“How can we make tomorrow’s production sustainable? How will we feed and clothe ourselves in the future?”

⚙ These central questions were the focus of the exhibition organized by the New Production Institute of Helmut-Schmidt-Universität/Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg together with Fab City Hamburg e.V. and Süderelbe AG as part of the Citizens’ Festival on German Unity Day on October 2 and 3 in Hamburg (Hamburger SenatHamburg Tourismus GmbH).

⚙ The exhibition offered not only theoretical approaches, but also practical solutions that were co-designed in collaboration and with the participation of Hamburg citizens. One highlight was the OpenLab Mobile – a mobile makerspace for the production of the future with a focus on sustainable digital manufacturing technologies. It offers space for collaboration and exchange of ideas. Here, digital manufacturing is made understandable and accessible to everyone, everywhere.

⚙ We showed how digital manufacturing methods can support decentralized production, promote local value creation and a circular economy. Special attention was paid to innovative biomaterials (e.g. MycoLutionsCurious Community Labs e.V.Plantlike), wood (regenholz), textiles (House of All), XYZ Cargo and open-source hardware machine tools (InMachines). Concepts such as fab labs, microfactories and urban farming was presented that enable sustainable and efficient production directly on site.

Together we are shaping the future of production, sustainably and innovatively! #tdeHH23 #horizonteöffnen

More information at:

  1. Press release: Die Produktion der Zukunft: nachhaltig, lokal und innovativ – Helmut-Schmidt-Universität / Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg (


Our OpenLabs are funded by as part of the research project Fab City at UniBw H – is funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU. 

The exhibition of Fab City Hamburg e.V. is funded by the #moinzukunft Hamburger Klimafonds – A project of the Hamburger Klimaschutzstiftung and the Behörde für Umwelt, Klima, Energie und Agrarwirschaft (BUKEA).