Fab Foundation Mission
The Foundation’s programs focus on: education (.edu), organizational capacity building and services (.org), and business opportunity (.com).
Fab Foundation programs and services
We offer advanced technical education through the Fab Academy which provides instruction and supervises investigation of mechanisms, applications, and implications of digital fabrication. The Fab Academy is a worldwide, distributed campus utilizing fab labs as classrooms and libraries for a new kind of technical literacy. → (Fab Academy)
Businesses emerging from fab labs and the digital fabrication network include:
- Remake Electric
The creation of new Fab Labs
Training for labbers around the world
The development of regional networks and foundations
The development of international projects
Fab Lab Network
The Fab Lab Network is an open, creative community of fabricators, artists, scientists, engineers, educators, students, amateurs, professionals, of all ages located in more than 78 countries in approximately 1,000 Fab Labs. From community based labs to advanced research centers, Fab Labs share the goal of democratizing access to the tools for technical invention. This community is simultaneously a manufacturing network, a distributed technical education campus, and a distributed research laboratory working to digitize fabrication, inventing the next generation of manufacturing and personal fabrication.
Fab Foundation Board
He is currently the Chief Technology Officer for SMD Ltd (https://www.smd.co.uk) a world leading subsea robotics company which now forms part of the growing portfolio of global companies acquired by Times Electric Company – part of China’s industrial conglomerate CRRC (http://www.tec.csrzic.com/en/1152.html).
He has an underlying passion for the emergence of open source innovation and, especially, the growing impact of the fab lab network. He sees this as an opportunity for businesses and the network to form new symbiotic relationships. For business it is the opportunity offered to find new talent, ideas and approaches to solving problems. For the network it is about securing the means for continued growth and long-term financial sustainability.
Chris facilitated the formation of the UK’s first Fab Lab and has participated supporting the development of a number of new Fab labs in the UK, US and Europe.
Over the last four years he has been a Board member of the Fab Foundation (www.fabfoundation.org), working globally on the development of the Fab Economy. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Hunter Centre of Strathclyde University’s Business school (https://www.strath.ac.uk/huntercentre/), where he shares his experiences from industry and the Fab lab network to both research staff and students.