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The "MakerSpace for Sustainable Manufacturing" is an open workshop that offers employees and students of the TU Berlin access to production technologies and production knowledge for one-of-a-kind production. The MakerSpace enables the uncomplicated production of individualized components for research and development or the manufacture of no longer available spare parts to extend the product life cycle. A particular focus is placed on the sustainable manufacture of products and raising awareness of sustainable value creation.
MakerSpaces make modern production technologies available for small working groups or individuals, similar to the way in which the personal computer (PC) has made electronic information processing possible for the first time since the 1970s. The term 'maker' describes a subculture that can also be described as a do-it-yourself culture. For the Maker the following applies: A MakerSpace is a place "To Make (Almost) Everything".
- The free use of tools and machines (including instruction)
- Additive manufacturing of components and products
- Support in product development and manufacturing
- Trainings for additive and digital manufacturing
- Group tours for pupils and students
RecycleBin - The plastic recycling bin, CubeFactory - The solar-powered 3D printer (www.cubefactory.org ), NaWaRo-Fahrrad – A bicycle made from 80% renewable resources, A plastic shredder for the waste recycling plant in Rafah (Gaza), The biodegradable bicycle seat, The 3D printed wind turbine to build yourself, Joining device for the manufacture of biodegradable diapers, Guide 4 Sustainable Design ...
Use of the MakerSpace
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In the MakerSpace for sustainable value creation, a special focus is set on the knowledge transfer of sustainable production technologies. In the application-oriented projects, students get "hands-on-experience".
MakerSpace provides the necessary production and information technology infrastructure, sponsors projects and promotes sustainable solutions to problems. So-called desktop machine tools, i.e. miniaturised machine tools such as 3D printers, CNC milling machines or band saws, serve as production technology tools. They are affordable, have a precision of about 0.1 mm and are often open source based developments that are constantly being developed further by a growing worldwide community.
Desktop machine tools work according to the principle of digital manufacturing. The design of the workpieces is often done virtually with the help of a CAD program. In a further step, the machine code is created using a CAD program and transferred to the machine tool. The machine tool then independently produces the developed workpiece. Due to easy-to-learn programs and a mostly assisted user guidance, the digital production of the Desktop Machine Tools is especially suitable for the application in MakerSpace, because it intuitively conveys its functionality to the user.
In order to enable as many people with different levels of qualification as possible to create sustainable value, the learning content in MakerSpace is often prepared for specific target groups. To increase teaching and learning productivity, playful elements of gamification are used, an empathy-based approach that increases the user's understanding and motivation in non-game applications and processes and motivates them to solve problems in a sustainability-oriented way.
With creativity and technical expertise, the MakerSpace for sustainable value creation provides a broad target group the knowledge about resource-saving technologies, because knowledge is the only resource that increases with use.