Fablabs in South Africa

Fablabs (fabrication laboratory) are ‘a group of off-the-shelf, industrial-grade fabrication and electronics tools, wrapped in open source software and programs

South Africa has set aside R16-million to establish 10 Fabrication Laboratories, also known as “FabLabs”, around the country, providing disadvantaged communities with opportunities in the design, testing and
fabrication process.

Fablabs in South Africa are initiated by AMTS (Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy), which falls under the CSIR, there are several fablabs in South Africa; Pretoria, Soshanguve and Cape Town to name but a few.

With the resources and expertise available at Fablabs it would be great if a platform like Ponoko could be established to create another distribution outlet.

Posted by email from Design in Africa (posterous)

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