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ICTP 3D Printing Lab evolving into a “Scientific FabLab”
ICTP has recently announced plans to expand its 3D Printing Lab managed by the Science Dissemination Unit (SDU) into a full-fledged creative space for people to design and build digital products with low-cost equipment.

The experimental space, known as a “fabrication laboratory” (or FabLab), provides small-scale manufacturing equipment such as laser cutters, low-cost 3D printers and printed circuit board milling machines for making “almost anything”, and is considered a key asset for developing new technological ideas and prototypes.

ICTP’s FabLab will play a significant role as a focal point to support the creative work of scientists and scholars.  This Scientific FabLab is to be devoted to creativity, invention and research,  and it will be open to all ICTP scientists and external subscribers interested in science for the benefit of the whole society. 
SDU has been a pioneer in using innovative, low-cost technologies to transfer scientific knowledge and education to and from the developing world.  Early 2013 they launched ICTP’s 3D Printing Lab with low-cost technologies. This activity was further supported by the First International Workshop on Low-cost 3D Printing for Science, Education and Sustainable Development, together with the publishing of a popular open book on the topic that has been then translated into multiple languages.

We foresee that ICTP’s Scientific FabLab will be exported to the developing world, specially across the ICTP’s research networks, and extended to empower scholars, scientists, and individuals there.  Such FabLabs will help them in designing, discussing and creating innovative low-cost devices, such as inter-linked tiny sensors to gather data from multiple places with the use of Arduino microcontrollers. The field of interaction between man and machine is also of special research interest within FabLabs.

For more details, please contact us at scifablab@ictp.it

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