FabLab and 3D printing are fundamental tools for Design For All, especially when it comes to disabled children. There is in fact a social side of these practices that often escapes, forgotten behind the myriad of objects that digital manufacturing allows to create and sell at a good price. A project by TOG and OpenDot shows it in Milan: Enrico Bassi tells it.
According to Neri Oxman, scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, materials are the new software: they will be programmable, responsive and printable thanks to 3D technologies. So we will have houses with soft floors, warm walls, transparent roofs. And self-costructing buildings able to grow in hostile environments. Possible?