Mon April 9, 2012
Dale Dougherty, Fab Lab Tulsa, and the Budding American Fabrication Movement
On today's show, a discussion of the nascent but rapidly growing "D.I.Y. fabrication movement" occurring in America today. Our guest is Dale Dougherty, the founder/publisher of Make Magazine (see makezine.com) --- and one of the leading voices in this movement. Our own Hardesty Center for Fab Lab Tulsa, which just opened for business a few months ago (and which is one of only 100 or so fab labs worldwide), is hosting the 2012 US Fab Lab Symposium here in T-Town, from April 10th through the 12th. Tomorrow (Tuesday the 10th), Dougherty will deliver the keynote address for this symposium at a 12pm luncheon at San Miguel School (at 2434 East Admiral Boulevard). As we learn on today's show, a fab lab (which is short for "fabrication laboratory") is a community-centric workspace that offers access to an array of computer-controlled fabrication technologies such as 3D Printers and Laser Cutters, which can be utilized to conceptualize, design, develop, and fabricate almost anything. You'll find much more information at fablabtulsa.com.