Fab Lab Hub, LLC, a part of the international Fab Lab Network, has been contracted by America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) as part of a partnership to expand opportunities for careers in the 3D Printing industry. Funding for the project was provided by the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense through the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
The USD 70,000 award will be used to create digital badges that prepare operators and technicians to use and service Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Stereolithography (SLA) 3D Printers. Digital Badges are secure skill verifications based on the OpenBadge platform developed by Mozilla that is gaining in popularity at educational institutions and corporations.
Through this new partnership, a group of 10 Fab Labs and educational institutions have formed the North American Digital Fabrication Alliance where the hands-on portion of the digital badge pilot project will take place. These include facilities in Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, Boston, Pittsburgh, Tulsa, Denver, Santa Fe [NM], Oakland and El Paso.