22. Juni 2014

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Making sense of the maker / FabLab / 3D-Printing Movement

I never really understood the Maker movement and the enthusiasm around FabLabs and 3D-printing. Until today.

Peter Rukavina nails it:

What I came to realize – or, really, simply have reinforced – is that the “stuff that matters” is the process, not the product.

If, as a community of consumers, we can collaborate to understand more about our consumption, and more about the production of what we consume, and more about how we can effect, control, or drive that production, what we will have achieved is far more substantial than whatever comes out of a 3D printer.

This, for me, is the result of my two days at "Make Stuff that Matters", #mstm14, Ton and Elmines's 2014 birthday unconference.

It also builds a bridge for my own work into this scene: I thank Peter Troxler for this, who pointed out to me that the maker movement operates in networked structures and other unconventional organisational structures - exactly our topic at Structure & Process (check out our new website!) His presentation "Fab Labs, 3D Printing, the 3rd Industrial Revolution – and Their Impact (Possibly)" was insightful and inspiring to me.

What _are_ the "things that matter"? How _do_ we want to "make" them? (And in what kind of process, what kind of way-of-being-together do we want to get about it?)

Check out the pictures of the conference and party.

As I type this, other people are sitting outside in a circle, joking about what I might be doing on the computer here. Behind me, five 3d printers are cooling down.

(Nachtrag: Also see Ton's post (of April 8th, before our meeting): Making as a Communal Process vs Individual Act)

(Another Addition: Also see Ton's post on "The Failings of FabLabs" (September 2013)