Visions of nomadic fabbers

3D Printing & Imaging
Visions of nomadic fabbers

Mobile Manufacturing Unit — This corporate factory tours the country, setting up in cities for a few months at a time. As the population welcomes a new source of goods, jobs and manufacturing techniques, it is celebrated as an event.


Self Replicating Street Stall — The street Genie can print any product you might think of, including a working copy of itself.

UK tech artist/designer David Bengué sent us this awesome piece, commissioned by the EPSRC as part of the Impact! exhibition at the Royal College of Art.

The factories are coming to town! They are moving away from the unseen fringes, and into our cities. Advances in micro-scale engineering point to a global scale revolution where local, disposable factories produce hi tech goods at our very doorstep. What shapes might this new way of “making things” take within our urban landscape ? From garage-workshops to circus-like temporary structures, from street vendor stalls to vagabond encampments, this project explores the factories of the future and what our relationship to them might be, with the exciting prospect of taking back ownership over our production tools.

Fabulous Fabbers

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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