FAB 12 Shenzhen Fabricating the Future

Fab12 Shenzhen

Makers from over 60 countries come to Shenzhen Fab12 this week to celebrate Fab Labs and explore the future of Fabrication at the 12th Fab Lab Conference and Symposium.  Shenzhen outside Sheraton  The city of Shenzhen is quite the host in a city filled with Incubators and Makers, there is no shortage of design,  fabrication and creation.

“Fab Lab, short for Fabrication Laboratory is a digital design and fabrication prototyping platform that enables anyone, anywhere to make almost anything they can imagine.”

Fab Lab was started by Neil Gershenfeld, Director of Center for Bits and Atoms, MIT.  Today there are over 1000 Fab Labs around the world.

sherry and suchit fab12

Director Sherry Lassiter explains Fab Labs as .org, .com, and .edu, community, entrepreneurship and education, all coming together in one creative space.

Open Photo Fab Lab Rwanda

SOLIDWORKS is connected with Fab Labs on multiple levels.  Today, I am fortunate to present on Fab Lab Rwanda, the first Fab Lab in central Africa, that opened in May with the help of SOLIDWORKS, JICA, Rwanda Development Board and the Ministry of Education.

Tumba technical School Rwanda

SOLIDWORKS also supports Fab Labs around the world to promote new business by providing SOLIDWORKS software through our value added resellers.

Neil Impromtu SolidWorks MODS add in

SOLIDWORKS R&D is working with Neil and MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms to develop a new SOLIDWORKS Add In to MODS, the ability to directly interface with fabrication equipment inside the Fab Lab.

Sindoh at Fab12

Happy to see Thomas Kim from Sindoh here, the 3DWox is making its debut at Fab12.

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers and the People’s Government of Shenzhen Municipality for making Fab12 an event of innovation. Thank you Neil, Sherry, and Fabbers for a great event!  Marie



Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard