University of Oulu

Iván Sánchez Milara, Georgi V. Georgiev, Jukka Riekki, Jani Ylioja & Mikko Pyykkönen (2017) Human and Technological Dimensions of Making in FabLab, The Design Journal, 20:sup1, S1080-S1092, DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2017.1353052

Human and technological dimensions of making in FabLab

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Author: Sánchez Milara, Iván1; Georgiev, Georgi V.1; Riekki, Jukka1;
Organizations: 1Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2017
Publish Date: 2017-09-07


In this research, we studied the human dimensions of experience and knowledge, confidence, motivation, and fun with regard to four technological dimensions referring to a FabLab environment: 2D and 3D design, tools and machines, prototyping with electronics, and programming. An intensive, two-week training period for high school students in digital fabrication and design was utilized as a testbed to evaluate how the participants modified their perception of the four human dimensions during the training. We identified that prototyping with electronics and programming were the most significant obstacles. In addition, the perception of acquired knowledge and confidence had increased considerably after training except for the programming domain. FabLab trainers can utilize the trainees’ perceptions on different dimensions to emphasize the specific design aspects of the activity in order to achieve the training goals. We also expect that a detailed description of the experiment setup can be useful to other researchers and practitioners while organizing activities at FabLab.

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Series: Design journal. An international journal for all aspects of design
ISSN: 1460-6925
ISSN-E: 1756-3062
ISSN-L: 1460-6925
Volume: 20
Issue: sup 1
Pages: S1080 - S1092
DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2017.1353052
Host publication: Design for Next : Proceedings of the 12th European Academy of Design Conference, Sapienza University of Rome, 12-14 April 2017
Host publication editor: Di Lucchio, Loredana
Imbesi, Lorenzo
Atkinson, Paul
Conference: European Academy of Design Conference
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This work is partially funded by University of Oulu ITEE’s strategic actions.
Copyright information: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.