In FAB, Gershenfeld describes how personal fabrication is possible today, and how it is meeting local needs with locally developed solutions. He and his. FAB has ratings and 16 reviews. According to Neil Gershenfeld, the renowned MIT scientist and inventor, the next big thing is personal fabrication– the. Ten years after launching Fab Lab, project’s founder and MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld describes the program’s global impact on education.

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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. In FABGershenfeld describes how gershenfelr fabrication is possible gersnenfeld, and how it is meeting local needs with locally dab solutions. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As well as “How to make almost anything” class, Gershenfeld has started teaching the following classes: However, a “self-reproducing” PF that can make anything, including itself, is a chilling reminder of Philip K. I enjoyed this book, not simply as a nearly always interesting exploration of technology – whatever issues I have with Gershenfeld’s interpretations – but also because it was so different from both the mainstream “pop” accounts of the rise of digital fabrication but also from the less engaging work coming out of social studies of science on the same phenomenon.

Physics PhD, Bell Labs alum, MIT prof and head of the Center for Atoms and Bits there–the author has more than enough credentials to allay my concerns regarding the book’s age; it’s almost five years old at this point.

According to Neil Gershenfeld, the renowned MIT scientist and inventor, the next big thing is personal fabrication -the ability to design and produce your own products, in your own home, with a machine that combines consumer electronics with industrial tools.

The Internet was developed many years before the personal computer, on minicomputers that matched the size, cost, and complexity of a Fab Lab.

Designing Reality By Neil Gershenfeld – Fab Lab Connect

What I enjoy most is how this crosses classroom boundaries, with students ranging from new undergrads to new faculty members, and with artists teaching engineers about engineering, and engineers teaching artists about art.

What if you could someday put the manufacturing power of an automobile plant on your desktop?

To view it, click here. Alyssa rated it it was amazing Dec 11, The physical world, Gershenfeld promises, will become as malleable as the digital world, and we will no longer have to settle for the imperfect cobbling together of compromises available at the mall. Although there is a lot of dross in STS, as with the work of technologists too I might add, we have been able to establish that no technology is independent from societies, gab, or their institutions.


Here, Gershenfield describes what his prophetic laboratory in his MIT office is capable of doing –and soon to be public purchase. I also liked his cases. Demand for fab is based on personal desire, not on marketing.

The best parts of Gershenfeld’s book describe his adventures setting up experimental fab labs in places like Ghana and India, encouraging locals to try making tools that are unavailable or unaffordable: This is deeply galling to me and I have to ding him for it, doubly so because he is also an academic, even if, I am sure, historical references are perhaps less critical in his sector of scholarship.

The New Industrial Revolution. Retrieved April 26, Apr 06, Bill Leach rated it did not like it. The purpose of these labs where to introduce products that would be pointless to mass produce by a company, but may be useful to the individual.

According to Neil Gershenfeld, the renowned MIT scientist and inventor, the next big thing is personal fabrication gershenfrld ability to design and produce your own products, in your own home, with a machine that combines consumer electronics with industrial tools. Lots of gefshenfeld of pointless little projects, many of which have no connection to computer aided fabrication. He developed self-contained fabrication shops equipped with the latest rapid-prototyping equipment — laser cutters, computer-controlled milling machines, 3-D printers, and so on — that could be easily installed anywhere in the world.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. This platform is now being used for a second class in biotechnology, called How To Grow almost Anythingled by George Church. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Gershenfeld so often comes so close, but we could all do with more engagement between STS scholars and technologists.

Or, even more annoying, all the extraneous, cryptically labeled buttons cluttering the TV remote control, when all I really want is On, Off, Channel, Volume and Mute? Neil Gershenfeld and his students have done an extensive amount of research. Part of that has to do with absolute language which feeds into a highly inflexible and fsb world-view and one that fails to account for how the world itself changes through technology.

Personal Fabricators is a machine that makes machines. Gershenfeld has been a keynote speaker at the Congress of Science and Technology Leaders He starts out with a bit of a historical overview, something I seek to do myself, applaud, and wish to see more of but see below on lack of references. Here let me make a modest plug for my own two areas of expertise, science and technology studies and organizations.


AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. He cites a few books in “The Details” appendix at the end, but nowhere near what he must have used. Wherever we open a Fab Lab, we’ve found that it attracts exactly the same profile of bright, inventive people. By presenting the growth of such tech in a linear fashion, we are more easily able to comprehend how more modern technologies function, such as a Gerhsenfeld. The Fab opened my eye in the way that what I was seeing is not the others might see.

His notion of making things out of materials that behave like LEGO blocks that would simultaneously ease fabrication because they would constrain and guide how they gerzhenfeld assembled, thus easing gershenffeld burden of the automated fabricator as well as reducing waste by being able to be completely recycled or even possibly perfectly repairedis fascinating, even if probably relegated to the far distant future.

FAB: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop–from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication

To see what your friends thought of this book, please gersyenfeld up. Since then, many kinds of end effectors — the part of a manufacturing machine that actually does the work — have been introduced, both adding material to an object and subtracting material from one.

I deeply admire how fearless Gershenfeld is in addressing some very technical things and his skill in making it accessible, although I confess I skimmed the more computer scientific material near the end of the book.

In the fab labs, as Gershenfeld puts it, the prototype is the product. Gershenfield argues that the age of geeshenfeld computer is near its end, and now comes the age of personal fabrication –where every individual can manufacture any object they wish.

Views Read Edit View history. Perhaps the most refreshing fact revealed by this book is that the process was two way.