For the fifth straight year, Japan-based Roland DG, a global manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices, is a key sponsor of the annual meeting of the global Fab Lab community, this year called FAB13.
The annual event-this year being held in Santiago, Chile from July 31-August 6-features presentations by thought leaders, hands-on workshops and demonstrations of digital fabrication, followed by a two-day “Fab Festival” that is open to the public. It is expected that members of more than 1,000 Fab Labs around the world will be in attendance.
Roland DG says that its wide-format inkjet printers, 3D milling machines and other advanced digital devices-used as the equipment of choice in many Fab Labs-will be featured throughout the show in Roland’s booth and workshop. The company will giving demos on its various machines and will conduct an interactive workshop covering the use of the company’s CAMM-1 GS-24 cutter, CutStudio software and new Project Based Learning (PBL) tutorials.
This year’s theme for FAB13 is “Fabricating Society,” focusing on new opportunities and new ways of doing things. Individuals from the political, business, academic, and professional arenas will gather to discuss, collaborate and create communities around different local and global interests related to digital manufacturing, innovation and technology.
“Roland is committed to the expansion of the Fab Lab movement, STEM programs, and digital fabrication around the world,” says Andrew Oransky, president of Roland DGA. “Our cutting-edge devices are playing a crucial role in these educational environments, helping people develop ideas and products that improve our daily lives and our planet.”