The increasingly popular maker movement is often inaccessible to those from challenged communities. Mobilization of RE_FAB to Pittsburgh neighborhoods and schools allows for a wide target audience with a variety of ages and incomes. RE_FAB will provide education about CNC routing and will eventually expand to include laser cutting, vacuum forming, digital spatial scanning, and 3D printing. It will bring custom production capabilities to community construction projects and will be used for public interest design developed at PROJECT RE_.
The lab’s structure and cladding were designed to demonstrate the capacity of the digital fabrication tools it houses as inspiration for the community. RE_FAB construction was completed in August 2014 after a two year effort sponsored by Ford College Community Challenge, Autodesk Foundation, and the Heinz Endowments. If you are interested in bringing RE_FAB to your community or classroom, contact us.
CMU School of Drama Lighting Design
Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania AFFECT Program
Trade Institute of Pittsburgh
Filip Agren of Standard & Custom, LLC
Ford Motor Company
The Heinz Endowments
John Folan, UDBS Director
Ming Ming Lin, UDBS Fellow
Alise Kuwahara Day, UDBS Fellow
Noelle White, Sharon Rubin, Zachary Bauer, Morgan Stampf, Christopher Chan, J William Gott
Jessica Rinn, Ziwen Shen, Xiaoxi Song, Omer Akin (AECM Coordinator)