This Tuesday Joakim and I visited Verket FabLab in Moss. Fab labs provide widespread access to modern means for invention. They began as an outreach project from MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA), and became into a collaborative and global network. There are five Fablabs in Norway so far. At Verket we met Hanna, the lab manager. She showed us around the premises with several rooms for making. And we got a lot of inspiration for our own Makerspaces. And we should take a list on their inventory list when stocking our new rapid prototyping space.
Hanna introduced us to the FabAcademy, a online course that provides instruction and supervises investigation of the mechanisms, applications, and implications of digital fabrication. Fab Academy is where many new fab lab managers, gurus and teachers get their training in digital fabrication. The concept is not yet accredited by the Norwegian Kunnskapsdepartementet. It would be interesting for our students (or ourselves ;)) when the course is legitimate for ECTS credits.