[hackerspaces] DARPA's factory of the future looks like open source development

Matt Joyce matt at nycresistor.com
Wed Dec 7 22:09:38 CET 2011

As I said before, the law of unintended consequences swings both ways.

On Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 12:55 PM, Jerry Isdale <isdale at gmail.com> wrote:

> http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2011/12/darpas-factory-of-the-future-looks-like-open-source-development.ars
> DARPA released the final solicitation yesterday for "IFAB (Instant Foundry
> Adaptive through Bits), a computer-driven flexible manufacturing capability
> that will allow for distributed, software-driven manufacturing of systems
> in "foundries" that can be quickly reconfigured to new tasks, using
> technologies like computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) machine tools and
> "additive manufacturing" (otherwise known as 3D printing) to scale up
> rapidly from prototype to full production runs. "
> say what you will about DoD funding, but getting large $ behind this sort
> of project will definitely have positive impact on getting the tech out to
> spaces like ours in the future.  I'd rather see the funding come from some
> other source, but sad truth is it wont.  Also note the results of this are
> without strings attached. The IFAB should be generally available to make
> plowshares and farm tractors as well as whatever DoDemented minds conceive.
> Jerry Isdale
> isdale at gmail.com
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