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ERIC Number: EJ863943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
The Democratization of Production
Bull, Glen; Groves, James
Learning & Leading with Technology, v37 n3 p36-37 Nov 2009
Just as the democratization of information through personal computers was a key advance of the 20th century, the democratization of production through improvements in fabrication technologies will be a pivotal development in the 21st century. Digital fabrication is the process of translating a digital design into a physical object. At one time, digital fabrication required expensive manufacturing plants for computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). Today, personal fabrication systems are beginning to allow individuals access to these same technologies. Young students have not typically had the opportunity to see their ideas make the trip from concept to physical form. The advent of personal fabrication gives students this opportunity for the first time. The authors suggest that in order to excel in the field of digital fabrication, students will need early access to personal fabrication tools and opportunities to practice. As fabrication tools become increasingly accessible, students will be able to learn about engineering design and experience the thrill of seeing their ideas realized in physical form.
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Language: English
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