Master of Design alumni Sarah Griffiths is has recently had a paper published in Re-Public:Re-imagining democracy. The paper discusses how fab lab manufacturing might be a way of increasing social expertise rather than simply bringing 3d printing into the home.
The landscape of making and manufacturing is currently undergoing significant change. Recent developments in digital manufacturing technologies and personal fabrication are giving rise to new models of making, where both price and access to these technologies allow the general public to design and create objects that would traditionally have been the realm of whole teams of designers and engineers. Full article
Sarah is a designer specialising in co-design and community engagement studying for a PhD at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen looking at the potential for new manufacturing technologies to increase opportunities for creativity and enterprise in rural communities. More about Sarah here