SOLIDWORKS partners with FAB Foundation to sponsor the global network of FABLABS and FAB Academies. At FAB10 Conference, Disseny Hub Barcelona, I have been fortunate to work with Sherry Lassiter, director of FAB Foundation and to meet many FABLAB coordinators from around the world.
The FAB Foundation facilitates and supports the growth of the international FABLAB network.
The first FABLAB started at MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms under the direction of Neil Gershenfeld. FABLAB’s mission is “to provide access to the tools, the knowledge and the financial means to educate, innovate and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make (almost) anything.”
FABLABs and FAB Academies impact is felt everywhere and shared this week at the FAB10 Conference. Helping to create new jobs, educating the young and the not so young, developing the entrepreneurial spirit, FABLABs growth rate is exploding – doubling every 18 months.
SOLIDWORKS 3D Design software will be an integral part of the FABLABs and FAB Academies registered with FAB Foundation. SOLIDWORKS supports the FAB Foundation’s efforts in 3D design, manufacturing, teaching and learning.
Marie PLANCHARD is Director of the Education Community for SOLIDWORKS. You can reach her @mplanchard1.