Topical Joint Research Project: Research on the History and Folklore Materials in Digital Fabrication Era
A “FabLab” is a community-based workshop that is equipped with everything from digital fabrication equipment to analog machine tools. Digital fabrication refers to the technique of producing objects based on digital data using 3D printers and laser cutters. A FabLab is not merely a facility equipped with digital equipment; it is an international network of community-based workshops that fosters “a culture of producing the things we use for ourselves” (FabLab Japan) .
In the first floor LAB of the Minato Mirai Campus of Kanagawa University, which opened in 2021, FabLab Minato Mirai established under the leadership of Associate Professor Daisuke Doyo of the Faculty of Business Administration, a member of the ISJFC. In cooperation with FabLab Minato Mirai, this joint research project seeks to create replicas based on either actual historical/folklore materials or precisely measured drawings and to create 3D scans of genuine artifacts. Through interdisciplinary cooperation between FabLab, which pursues state-of-the-art manufacturing, and the ISJFC, which uses traditional objects as study materials, FabLab Minato Mirai will undoubtedly take on an even greater significance through its function as a social commons.