(Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – Trento, Italy)
The three-member team from the Institute of Machine and Industrial Design and NETME Centre of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Brno, attended the kick-off meeting for FabLabNet project, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under Interreg Central Europe (ICE).
At the kick-off meeting in the Italian city of Trento they gathered project partners from eight European countries and a representative of the Joint Secretariat in Vienna, which provides support for the ICE programme. Individual partners presented the activities that the project will provide and agreed on the details of effective cooperation on the project.
Fabrication Laboratories (FabLabs) are quickly becoming the new phenomenon of our time and are associated with the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). These labs provide the environment of basic and advanced materials and technology for fast and inexpensive implementation of creative ideas. Some examples of the basic laboratory equipment include 3D printers and laser or vinyl cutters. FabLabNet project represents an important motivation for local business, while integrating FabLabs into local innovation ecosystems and bringing direct benefits for innovation actors and society as a whole.
The project will contribute not only to improve individual FabLabs networking among themselves, but also between regional innovation actors. Central European network FabLabs that will be created, will lead to intense trade exchange and new prototypes produced in FabLabs.