Our summer series produced with the support of CASTORAMA takes you to meet Anguilla Email List and their micro-factories of the future. For this first episode, our special correspondent Pascal Herard (aka Drapher) went to Rhône-Alpes to meet the inventors of the Fabrique d’Objets Libres (FOL).

The Free Object Factory is a FabLab engaged in a process of producing everyday objects but also with a professional vocation, with the desire to offer all its creations to the public domain. From design, to project management, tool hacking, research and development, partnerships with professional structures, this FabLab is heavily involved in exploring new avenues of re-industrialization through digital technology. All the objects created are open-source, documented and copyright free. Meeting with the explorers of the probable mini-factories of the future.

On The Surface, A Very Classic Fablab

The first room, about twenty square meters, is occupied by half a dozen people busy around two 3D printers, laptops, all in full discussions. At the entrance, seated behind a small table, a young woman welcomes us: Karine is the first employee of the FabLab, on a contract for the future. There are wooden, plastic, fabric, cardboard objects all over the place on shelves and tables: ring holders, an engraved wooden technical board, statuettes, and many other small objects of indefinite usefulness. .

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Karine introduces us to Stéphane Mor, the main contact of the association and instigator of the Lab, who does not waste time to present the structure and its materials to us: “You are here in the first room of the FabLab, normally the quietest: it there are two 3D printers, and a vinyl cutter that allows you to make stickers, stickers, cut cardboard, lots of things like that. ” So far, nothing but very classic.

Associative R&d In Project Mode

Well known to computer developers, this method applied to the design and manufacture of objects, allows design / manufacture / improvement of industrial quality, which Stéphane Mor explains very well: “I am a developer, and this method has made its mark. evidence in the field of software. I thought there was the possibility of transferring that to digital manufacturing. The common denominator is digital: as soon as we have files to produce, we can use an AGILE methodology to produce these files. ”

But how does this method concretely translate into prototype projects within the FabLab? “The first point is the notion of the minimum viable product, that is to say that we produce something that meets all the criteria, then we do a field assessment, we see what is wrong. , we change what is wrong, and we do a second iteration (a second development cycle, editor’s note), we arrive at a better version, etc. ” describes the person in charge of the FabLab.

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