Manufacture locally for global impact. MESH integrates children to the FabLab environment and instigate a future maker generation to support local manufacturing and commerce. The service's application guides the kids through the most suitable online tutorials to support the kids to build their first designs. The user friendly interface helps them turning information into knowledge in a motivating and playful way and show where local stores and FabLabs are located.
Instigate young makers and support local economy.
This project - developed during Design Now - aims to make children take their first steps as "makers" by building designs which combine materials which can be easily purchased locally and digital fabricated parts which can be manufactured in FabLabs. A friendly whale which moves using an easy balloon mechanism was designed as example of which kind of project they could get involved with.
Manufacturing locally to create global impact. The brief of this project, which focused on the growth of FabCities and the sustainable approach related to manufacture and commerce in a local scale could be applied to many different fields and involve many different parts of the society. The biggest challenge was defining a target which would deliver a meaningful impact.
The approach was to focus on kids: by instigating the young generations through building their own designs using the local resources (FabLabs and simple material purchased local stores) it would be possible to start constructing a long-term mindset which valorizes the local economy and at the same time, introduce these kids to the FabLab environment.
The application is the main tool which guides the kids through their building process. The user friendly interface was developed to go through the whole process in a clear, playful and motivating way and provide maps which inform which local stores and FabLabs can contribute to build the project and provide support, if needed.