Roland DG Corporation, a leading worldwide manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices, announced today its participation as one of the key sponsors of Fab11, the 11th annual meeting of the global Fab Lab community, to take place Aug. 3-9, 2015 at MIT in Boston. The event is expected to attract hundreds of attendees from around the world to the MIT campus, the birthplace of the Fab Lab concept, for hands-on workshops, a symposium, project demonstrations and a youth track, followed by a free weekend Fab Festival, open to the public, hosted by the cities of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville.
Created by the Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fab Labs allow anyone – from students and hobbyists to entrepreneurs – to turn their ideas into reality. Under the theme “The Possibilities Are Endless,” Roland DG will supply a wide range of its digital products for demonstration and use by Fab11 attendees, including 3D milling machines, a 3D printer, vinyl cutters, wide-format inkjet printers and UV benchtop flatbed printers. Roland DG will also present a workshop titled “Customization of Fab Modules with the Roland DG SRM-20 CNC Machine” which will include a demonstration of a hacked SRM-20 mill and discuss the possibilities of open source hardware and software and their importance for the future of digital fabrication.
“We are pleased to sponsor this global Fab Lab event again,” said Masahiro Tomioka, Chairman and President of Roland DG Corporation. “We share the same commitment to education and to expanding the possibilities of digital fabrication to unleash the imagination and creativity of people everywhere. We are very excited,” continued Tomioka, “to see the results of everyone’s ideas for improving our daily lives, our cities and the environment, as well as their concepts for helping to solve the global challenges we all face.”
Hosted by FAB FOUNDATION, Fab11 will explore how the ability to “Make (almost) Anything” is impacting individuals, communities, businesses and collaborative research and projects around the world. As a desktop fabrication pioneer for over 30 years, Roland DG cutters and milling machines have been recommended as tools for Fab Labs around the world since their origin in 2002. Combining the latest digital technology with desktop-size, ease of use and affordable prices, Roland DG’s digital devices allow individuals from a wide variety of fields, including product designers, engineers, graphic designers, decorators, students, Makers and hobbyists, to bring their ideas to life.