Rotterdam connecting 'small dots to bigger flows'

The closing panel at DFM Summit #8 discussed how Rotterdam can become a 'Maker City'. 'Rotterdam wants to create an innovative ecosystem,' said Hans Scheepmaker. 'That is not just the maker movement; that is also the SMEs, the big companies, the whole picture.'

'There is some kind of merger of 3D printing and general purpose robots'

Erik Tempelman hosted a symposium on Circular Product Design last month at TU Delft. 'Your product is gonna come back to you,' he says. 'Design for refurbishment, design for upgrading and design for recycling will become much more important.'

'FabLab is part of the 3rd industrial revolution'

Peter Troxler was one of the speakers last week at 3rd Rev Xperience conference in Rotterdam. 'Fablab has everything to do with decentralized production, with democratizing access to production, with open sourcing the production process,' he says.

Stadslab Rotterdam spawning many hardware startups

Hogeschool Rotterdam tech teacher Arnold Roosch runs Stadslab Rotterdam, a Fab Lab that offers Rotterdammers the opportunity to 'make things that they wouldn't have been able to pull off in their garage'.

RDM Makerspace in Rotterdam will host DFM Summit #8

'They used to build ships here,' says Vincent Wegener, co-founder of RDM Makerspace. 'Now in the 21st century RDM Campus is about new manufacturing technologies, 3D printing, digital fabrication.'