FAB: How Distributed Making Happens

Maker Ecosystem

Thursday, September 24, 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm in Viscusi Gallery

Getting from 2D to 3D has never been easier or less expensive, opening a world of new possibilities for open source and independent manufacturing of consumer goods, medical supplies, culinary products, and more. Leaders in this field gather to discuss their perspectives and experiences as Maker Pros leading the digital fabrication charge.


Andrew Grevstad

Senior Applications Engineer, Tormach
  Andrew received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He has worked as an engineer in the machining industry since 2003.  Currently he is a senior applications engineer at Tormach Inc. in Madison, Wisconsin.  Tormach designs affordable, easy-to-use CNC mills, CNC lathes, and other tools for product development, prototyping, and specialty manufacturing of precision machined components.


Bill Young

Special Projects, ShopBot Tools
Trained as a boat carpenter, Bill Young now works for ShopBot Tools as a digital fabrication specialist. In his shop on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Bill works on CNC projects ranging from milling circuit boards to fabricating full-sized houses. Bill is a co-creator of the Shelter 2.0 project and one of the founders of the 100kGarages digital fabrication network.


Brian Garret

Co-founder, 3D Hubs
Co-founder of 3D Hubs, the online platform connecting 3D printer owners with people who want to 3D Print. Award winning designer at Freedom Of Creation. Graduated with a MSc thesis on Mass-Customization in Rapid Manufacturing.


Dale Dougherty

Founder and Executive Chairman, Maker Media
Dale Dougherty is the founder and Executive Chairman of Maker Media, Inc. which launched Make: magazine in 2005, and Maker Faire, which held it’s first event in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. Dale’s vision and mission continue to be the guiding force for the family of brands. “The maker movement is contributing to a thriving market ecosystem, serving the needs of makers as they seek out product support, startup advice, and funding avenues. Make: plays an important role as a collaborator and resource for makers as they transition from hobbyists to professionals.” As Executive Chairman, Dale is involved in editorial and content strategy, and both business and product development. As part of this process, he forges strategic partnerships in support of maker education, and global, cultural, and economic initiatives.Make: began at O’Reilly Media where Dale was a co-founder and the first editor of their computing trade books. When not in the office, Dale can be found making award-winning wines with his family in Sebastopol, CA.


David Ott

Senior Innovation Analyst, ICRC
David Ott is working at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as Senior Innovation Analyst. He is developing the Red Labs concept to explore how the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement can benefit from the development of digital fabrication technologies and the evolution of the maker culture. David has also worked a decade for the World Health Organisation managing the collaboration and knowledge management services used by staff and external partners. He has an academic background in Psychology and Educational Technologies and studied at the University of Geneva, where he also worked as teaching and research assistant for various labs.


Josh Worley

Lead Designer, Opendesk
Josh graduated from Central Saint Martins University in London UK with a 1stClass hons. degree in Product Design. He focused on the digitalisation of products and experiences through web-platforms, underpinned by de-centralized manufacturing. Josh found his way into the ICON graduate of the year awards before joining Opendesk in 2014. Opendesk.cc is a platform for local making, offering design furniture, made locally around the world. He has helped build the platform to now represent a huge community of designers, makers and exciting clients across the globe.