Some useful links about prototyping, entrepreneurship and related topics
Presentations and Publications about Innovation 5
Fab Central at the Center for Bits and Atoms – founders of the global FabLab network http://fab.cba.mit.edu/
International FabLab Association - international focus, affiliated with the Center for Bits and Atoms http://www.fablabinternational.org/
United States FabLab Networks – primarily focused on community college-based fab labs http://usfln.org/
Makerspaces – focused on educational settings and design/build challenges http://makerspace.com/home-page
Tinkering school – a small network more focused on design challenges for younger children http://www.tinkeringschool.com/index.php
MakerWorks - Ann Arbor’s example of a community fabrication space - http://maker-works.com/
TechShops – a commercial chain of maker spaces - http://techshop.ws/index.html
The question of intellectual property in the open source world of fablabs -
BENDING THE RULES: THE FAB LAB INNOVATION ECOLOGY | Peter Troxler - Academia.edu (can be read online without downloading)
Who are the 3D printers? – an extensive user community survey http://surveys.peerproduction.net/2012/05/manufacturing-in-motion/
A recent article in the Economist describes how 3D printing is moving from a novelty to a mainstream manufacturing technology.
Business models for FabLabs http://preview.tinyurl.com/fablab-business-models
Here is a recent paper describing an inexpensive 3D printer that prints in metal. This technology is already being applied in high tech manufacturing, but has previously not been accessible to the maker community. This will greatly broaden the kinds of obgjects that can be designed and made by small scale operations like Innovation 5.