Friday, September 10, 2004

Fab Lab

I'm always delighted to see stores like this. Takoradi Technical Institute in Ghana got an MIT Fabrication Lab, which includes a 3-D miller, laser cutter, and miscelaneous other tools and programming systems to run it. They deliberately don't maintain a supply of the raw materials, on the grounds that the local folks will find local materials just as suitable (and obviously less expensive). Younger kids learned quicker than the older folks (less embarrassed to fail), and I don't doubt that the system will be getting a thorough workout over the next few years.

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