Think it. Make it.
The dtec.bw research project Fab City establishes nine decentralized and open production makerspaces (so-called OpenLabs) in the Hamburg metropolitan region and researches a new type of urban value creation with a transdisciplinary research consortium.
OpenLabs are thematically specialized technology labs in which private individuals, companies, and start-ups can get to know and use open-source and digital manufacturing machines (e.g. 3D printers, CNC milling machines, laser cutters).
OpenLabs therefore simultaneously function as real laboratories for investigating opportunities for sustainable urban development and social participation in socio-economic and technological development processes. They are spaces of encounter and knowledge transfer with connections to global developer communities. The (further) development of machine tools as open source hardware is a milestone of the project – see OpenLab Starter Kit.
In the first OpenLab MedTec in Germany, for example, a mobile open-source low-field MRI was developed in collaboration with employees of the Bundeswehrkrankenhaus Hamburg and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt. Fab City promotes social participation in local value-creating processes, supports urban production as well as independence from global supply chains, and promotes the development of technological education and innovation in the Hamburg metropolitan region.
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The OpenLab Mobile, the mobile training makerspace for the production of the future, also comes to your educational institution. For more information, visit mobile.openlab.hamburg or send an email directly to: