Learning Lunch: What are these fablabs? - Personalised manufacturing

Event date: 
Thursday, 23 February 2012 - 12:30pm


Fablabs can be described as small-scale workshops using off-the-shelf  technologies which are used to bring prototyping capabilities to communities. This event will offer information about the benefits of fablabs and how your local community can get involved.

What’s this event about?

From Wikipedia

A fab lab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication.[1][2]

A fablab is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make "almost anything".[3] This includes technology-enabled products generally perceived as limited to mass production.

While fab labs have yet to compete with mass production and its associated economies of scale in fabricating widely distributed products, they have already shown the potential to empower individuals to create smart devices for themselves. These devices can be tailored to local or personal needs in ways that are not practical or economical using mass production.

Eddie and James will be speaking about what makes a good fablab and how fablabs can contribute to making communities and places great.

About the speakers:

Dr Eddie Kirkby, Charity & Operations Support Manager, The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute is a practiced leader in lean and operational excellence, delivering significant bottom line benefits in manufacturing, healthcare and service sectors. They are dedicated to helping businesses both large and small achieve their strategic objectives and build competitive advantage through innovative thinking, lean transformation, process improvement, skills enhancement and leadership development.

James Wallbank, CEO, Access Space Network Ltd.

Access Space is the UK's longest running and most sustainable free, open digital arts lab. At Access Space, people interested in art, design, computers, recycling, music, electronics, photography and more meet like-minded people, share and develop skills and work on creative, enterprising and technical projects.

Places are strictly limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your place email rob.cullen@integreatplus.com

This event is free of charge and will be held at 12.30 at:


Electric Works
Sheffield Digital Campus
South Yorkshire
S1 2BJ

Thanks to the Institute of Economic Development for sponsoring the series and Electric Works for hosting the event.