The Fab@Home Project is an open-source mass-collaboration developing personal fabrication technology aimed at bringing personal fabrication to your home.
Members include those who use their abilities to develop novel hardware, software and uses for digital fabricators and those who simply use it to make unique items. The Community includes hundreds of engineers, inventors, artists, students, and hobbyists across six continents.
Read more about the initiative here
The best with the app/supporting initiative
+ Personalized production is likely on the verge of a breakthrough where it can follow the trajectory of the printer, laptop, mobile phone, etc. For the first time the connected economy can be revolutionized with regards to physical production.
+ Much is at stake, from rights to design and global trade flows. Ensuring open standards and sustainability is crucial. This project address these issues.
The weak parts of the app/supporting initiative
- Still too western/US focused
- More emphasize on the cultural, social and economic implications would be good.
What could accelerate this app/supporting initiative into a world changer?
How direct is the delivery of the result the app tries to achieve
- Long shot
How transformative is it
- A new world
- A major shift
- A bit of a shake-up
- A gentle rocking
How much does it encourage collaborations
How much are new networks supported
- Strong support for global networks?
- Currently encourages new forms of collaboration
- Provides interesting opportunities in the future
- Restricted to a small (expert) group
What synergies can be delivered
How well does it also solve other problems/generate solutions
- It solves everything
- Several important challenges
- Some important challenges
- Only one challenge
Nine billion contribution
How global is it? Is it helping/will it help everyone on the planet
- Instant global equality
- Almost global
- Getting (incrementally) global
- Not applicable
Building on current trends
How well does it use current trends
- The app is setting new trends by itself
- Building on multiple trends
- Effectively building on one trend
- Not really building on any major trend
How fast can it deliver
- It's already happening
- In the coming weeks
- In a year or so
- In a distant future (hopefully)
Does it support transformative transparency
- Brave new transparency
- Transparency that is innovative (never seen before)
- Increased transparency, but nothing innovative
- No increase in transparency