GYA members Dimitry Maslov (Russia) and Ivana Gadjanski (Serbia) completed a YSAP funded mission titled: FabLab and 3D Future: Serbia-Russia cooperation at the 2016 FABelgrade conference in Belgrade, Serbia. The objective of this interaction was to promote digital fabrication techniques and 3-D future among young scientists. FABelgrade was the first regional conference dedicated to digital fabrication and the Fab Lab concept, which seeks to create personal digital fabrication workshops for creating new products. Fab Lab is part of the Do-It-Yourself maker movement that promises a transformation in the way products are produced. During the event, researchers from nine different countries convened to discuss 3D modeling and 3D printing, how and why should FabLabs be made, and workshops demonstrated equipment, ideas, and products. There was a special workshop organized by Kidesign to teach kids about the basics of 3D modeling. Dimity and colleagues met colleagues from the “3D Impuls” laboratory, one of the leading FabLabs from Kraljevo – a twin-city of Ivanovo, Russia. After an interview for Serbian TV, Dr. Snežana Ćirić Kostić told about the history of “3D Impuls” and plans for further development. First steps of further cooperation were agreed, including holding an international youth contest on 3D modeling and organizing youth exchange under the Erasmus Plus programme for a future project.
See here for the full, detailed mission report.