Nov.2, 2012

open-source 3D XLN (Cross-Labs Network) workspace, Israel's first open-source 3D printer lab, is opened recently by Reut Institute in a nondescript basement in the center of Tel Aviv.

"We built one printer using instructions on the Internet, and we've used that printer to create the components for other printers," said Matan Harel, one of the managers of the lab.

It took them about a week to print a new printer at a cost of $600 to $700. Already high school students are making their own design using software and these 3D printers at 3D XLN lab. Harel hopes to make bigger printers for bigger objects in the future.

According to Gidi Grinstein, director of the Reut Institute, more similar labs will be opened in Israel to help to make Israel the leader in the next industrial revolution.

"But it's about more than 3D printing — it's about creating a network of open-source spaces where anyone can go and create things, as well as learn the skills to thrive in the new era."


Image credit / Source: Time of Israel



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