IRVINE, Calif., July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- When the members of more than 1,000 Fab Labs around the world gather in Santiago, Chile for FAB13 July 31 through August 6, 2017, Roland DG will once again be on hand as a key sponsor of this annual gathering of the global Fab Lab community. This marks the fifth time Roland DG has sponsored the event which features presentations by thought leaders, hands-on workshops and demonstrations of digital fabrication, followed by a two-day "Fab Festival" open to the public. Roland DG's wide-format inkjet printers, 3D milling machines and other advanced digital devices –used as the equipment of choice in many Fab Labs – will be featured throughout the show in Roland's booth and workshop.
Fab Labs, originated by the Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, allow anyone – from students and hobbyists to entrepreneurs – to turn their ideas into reality. As a sponsor of FAB13, Roland DG will demonstrate the capabilities of its innovative products, including 3D milling machines, desktop vinyl cutters, wide-format inkjet printers and UV benchtop flatbed printers, at the event. In addition, Roland DG will conduct an interactive workshop covering the use of the company's CAMM-1 GS-24 cutter, CutStudio software and new Project Based Learning (PBL) tutorials.
Centered around the theme "Fabricating Society," FAB13 will focus on new opportunities and new ways of doing things. The event will unite individuals from the political, business, academic, and professional arenas to discuss, collaborate and create communities around different local and global interests related to digital manufacturing, innovation and technology.
"Roland is committed to the expansion of the Fab Lab movement, STEM programs, and digital fabrication around the world," said Andrew Oransky, President of Roland DGA. "Our cutting-edge devices are playing a crucial role in these educational environments, helping people develop ideas and products that improve our daily lives and our planet."
As a desktop fabrication pioneer for over 30 years, Roland DG printers, cutters and milling machines have been recommended as tools for Fab Labs around the world. Combining the latest digital technology with compact size, ease of use and affordable prices, Roland DG's digital devices allow individuals from a wide variety of fields, including product designers, engineers, graphic designers, decorators, students, makers and hobbyists, to bring their ideas to life.
To learn more about Roland's complete product lineup, visit https://www.rolanddga.com.
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About Fab Lab
A Fab Lab is an open workshop offering digital fabrication as well as analog tools with the aim to make "almost anything." The concept was originally proposed by Professor Neil Gershenfeld, the Director of the Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Currently, there are over 450 Fab Labs in over 55 countries, which under the three concepts MAKE, LEARN, SHARE, support Personal Fabrication, giving people the unprecedented ability to design and then produce their own customized products. Each local Fab Lab is connected to a network of Fab Labs around the world in order to freely share information, brainstorm ideas, and collaborate on solving problems and accomplishing projects. The Fab Lab Conference takes place once a year in a different city around the world, and serves as a forum to gather Fab Lab managers, core members and practitioners from the global Fab Lab network and beyond.
For more information, visit http://fab13.fabevent.org.
About Roland DGA
Roland DGA Corporation serves North and South America as the marketing, sales and distribution arm for Roland DG Corporation. Founded in 1981 and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Roland DG of Hamamatsu, Japan is a worldwide leader in wide-format inkjet printers for the sign, apparel, textile, personalization and vehicle graphics markets; engravers for awards, giftware and ADA signage; photo impact printers for direct part marking; and 3D printers and CNC milling machines for the dental CAD/CAM, rapid prototyping, part manufacturing and medical industries.
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