FAB6: The Sixth International Fab Lab Forum
and Symposium on Digital Fabrication

This event will gather both field practitioners and laboratory researchers for a week of hands-on workshops and a one day symposium on the principles and applications of digital fabrication. It is being hosted in Amsterdam from August 15-20, 2010, by a team including The Waag Society, the Dutch Fab Foundation, The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Amsterdam Innovation Motor, and CBA. FAB6 follows earlier events in India, the US, South Africa, and Norway; there's background on fab labs and digital fabrication here.

Just as communications and computation have made the transition from analog to digital, laboratory research is leading to the development of fundamentally digital fabrication processes in which programs don't just describe things, they are things. Like those earlier digital revolutions, the digitization of fabrication enables its personalization, allowing anyone to make (almost) anything, anywhere. Fab labs began as an outreach project from CBA, to provide access to prototype tools for personal fabrication. They've since grown into a global network, with the number of labs doubling roughly every 1.5 years (here is the current lab list). To keep up with this growth, a non-profit Fab Foundation, for-profit Fab Fund, and educational Fab Academy are being established.

The FAB6 workshops will bring together fab-labbers from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia for tutorials, hands-on projects, program discussions, and research planning in areas including field fabrication and application of analytical instrumentation for healthcare and the environment, communications infrastructure, energy, housing, and rapid-prototyping of rapid-prototyping machines. These workshops are limited by available space to 100 participants, admitted by application here, with support available to assist unfunded participants.

The symposium on August 19th will survey the science behind digital fabrication, and explore its social, economic, and educational implications. It will feature presentations from academic, government, and industry leaders, as well as grass-roots inventors and organizations. Registration is also here, again with assistance available for unfunded participants.

The agenda is:

Sunday, August 15

19:00-21:00: Opening Dinner

Monday, August 16

9:00-12:00: Morning Meeting

12:00-1:30: Lunch

13:30-15:30: Parallel Tracks

Projects: community communications and computing
Tutorials: building communities
Operations: becoming a fab lab
Research: analytical instrumentation for healthcare, agriculture, and the environment

15:30-17:00: Fab Foo

18:00-20:00: Dinner

Tuesday, August 17

8:30-9:30: Morning Meeting

9:30-10:30: Travel to Local Labs

10:30-12:30: Parallel Tracks

Tutorials: fab lab management, reusing waste materials
Projects: fab lab 2.0 hardware and software
Operations: outreach
Research: wide-area communications and computation infrastructure

12:30-13:30: Lunch

13:30-15:30: Parallel Tracks

Tutorials: CAD/CAM/scanning, reusing waste materials
Projects: large-scale rapid-prototyping with green(er) composites
Operations: business
Research: digital fabrication processes and workflows

15:30-17:00: Fab Foo

18:00-20:00: Dinner

Wednesday, August 18

8:30-9:30: Morning Meeting

9:30-10:30: Travel to Local Labs

10:30-12:30: Parallel Tracks

Tutorials: computer controlled cutting, molding and casting, rapid-prototyping machine building, open technologies
Projects: embedded code development, fab lab sharing system, prosthetics
Operations: education, open design and IP
Research: local energy conversion and storage

12:30-13:30: Lunch

13:30-15:30: Parallel Tracks

Tutorials: microcontroller circuits, rapid-prototyping machine building, open technologies
Projects: micropower, unlimited design contest, fab lab sharing system, prosthetics
Operations: education
Research: UAVs, remote sensing

15:30-17:00: Fab Foo

18:00-20:00: Dinner

Thursday, August 19

Symposium on Digital Fabrication: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

9:00-10:30: Principles

Ron Weiss (video): Synthetic Biology: From Parts to Modules to Systems
Adam Arkin (video): Programmed Assembly of Cellular Networks
Joseph Jackson (video): DIY Biology
Tom Ran (video): Biomolecular Computers

10:30-11:00: Break

11:00-12:30: Practices

Hod Lipson: Rapid Assemblers
Jonathan Ward: Additive Assembly of Functional Digital Materials
Bre Pettis (video): The Robot that Sharing Built
Rhys Jones, Erik de Bruijn, Adrian Bowyer (video), : The Law and the Prophets/Profits

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30: Applications

Larry Sass: Instant Fab Lab
Vicente Guallart: FabLab House
Matthias Kohler: Digital Materiality
Dale Dougherty (video): Makers

15:30-16:00: Break

16:00-17:30: Implications

Rep. Bill Foster, Doug Platz (video): infrastructure
Kamau Gachigi: development
Tim Lynch, Gorka Espiau, Pat Colgan: conflict
Jan Morrison (video): education

17:30: Fab Academy Graduation

19:00-21:00: Exhibition and Open House

Friday, August 20

9:00-12:00: Fab Ecosystem

fab lab 2.0
rights and responsibilities

12:00-14:00: Fab Foo (Lunch)

14:00-15:30: Conclusion

16:00-19:00 Small Ships

Evening: Tall Ships