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MAKE-IT’s Final Book: A Focus on Maker’s Motivations, Intentions, and (societal) Goals

A makerspace is a home for digital fabrication technologies, such as 3D printers or laser cutters and ultimately to makers making use of the premise to create tangible objects of any shape and form. Three sfs-researchers have explored the new phenomenon "Maker Movement" more in depth. The Horizon 2020 funded project “MAKE-IT” gave Dr. Bastian Pelka, Marthe Zirngiebl, and Mathias Cuypers the opportunity to study the goals and motivations of these new social innovators.

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“To outsiders the Maker Movement might appear as a slightly odd but homogenous group. However, we know the opposite is actually the case”, explains Dr. Bastian Pelka, project coordinator of MAKE-IT. Due to the growing number of maker initiatives and FabLabs - i.e. workshops and learning spaces that allow makers to use the technology to tackle societal challenges and realize own projects - the movement becomes more diverse. “Some of the maker initiatives are more sustainability-minded, while others focus on education and inclusion or regard themselves as business incubators”, Marthe Zirngiebl sums up the research team’s observation. The MAKE-IT project involved next to sfs eight other research organisations and maker initiatives from all over Europe. In January 2018, the project finalized its main results of the European Maker Movement. The MAKE-IT book provides a comprehensive overview of the project’s results. It is available online here.

You can find further reports written by the sfs-team focussing e.g. on the Maker Movement’s societal impact potential here: