Manchester, UK, a city known for the Industrial Revolution, now is home to one of the largest revitalization areas of engineering design technology. FABLAB Manchester UK is a great example of how the Fab Foundation is bringing together .org through community, .edu through education, and .com through entrepreneurship.
FABLAB Manchester & Ellesmere PortUK Manager, Dr David Armson shared his vision during last month’s visit. David and I met 2 years ago at FABLAB 10 in Barcelona. Now Manchester and surrounding communities are benefiting from David’s vision.
Popular activities include working with wood,
3D Printing in ABS and other polymers,
and laser etching in multiple materials.
David explained how members of FABLAB Manchester have gone on to make a difference. Six architecture students have developed a “Contemplation Station” prototype structure.
On weekends, artists hold classes for younger student designers in 3D Printed fashion design wearables and learning to use the tools in the FABLAB. David is also reaching out to teachers to build their skills.
New ideas are launched from the entrepreneur spirit of the FabLab, for example, producing a new connector for the MacBook has created a new type of start-up.
While I was there, a mold designer came in for some advice from Michael and used SOLIDWORKS to illustrate the problem and determine the solution.
And FABLABS are growing beyond Manchester. This year, a FABLAB London opened providing more access to design and making.
Thank you David and FABLAB Manchester UK for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS Community. Marie