Socially Conscious Makerspaces Shine in Adam Savage Videos from Tour Sponsored by Chevron, Fab Foundation

Adam Savage at Smithshop custom fabrication and metalworking, in Ponyride

It’s a makerspace with a really focused goal: to put back into the community and help those who are participating.

New videos highlight Detroit makerspaces focused on making an impact in their communities and the lives of local residents. They include construction of a modular structure creatively designed to address housing challenges and be environmentally friendly. Adam Savage’s website Tested produced the videos. The Fab Foundation and Chevron sponsored the events filmed.

The visits by Savage are part of a national tour that celebrates the impact of digital fabrication and making in education and youth development, business and entrepreneurship, and invention. The tour stops feature cutting-edge tools for invention and interactive demonstrations from participants at labs, reflecting diversity in people and place.

Partners seek to expand awareness of the power of new tools, such as 3D printing, laser cutting, CAD design and robotics.

At Detroit’s Fab Lab Incite Focus, a socially focused production and training lab, Savage helped to build an open-source, net-zero-energy micro-cabin that could revolutionize housing. Incite Focus is a state-of-the-art production and training lab focused on the relationships between digital fabrication, permaculture, experiential learning and technology. Its digital fabrication lab combines these four areas and provides a holistic approach to sustainable community building within a collaborative learning space.

“Our emphasis is on being able to create things in the world that can meaningfully change people’s lives,” said Blair Evans, Director of Incite Focus.

That approach is apparent in the ways ideas are designed and created, Savage noted. “It’s a makerspace with a really focused goal toward putting back into the community and helping those who are participating,” said Savage.

The tour stop in Detroit also included Ponyride, a social mission incubator with a makerspace. Located in a 33,000 sq. ft. building, it is a catalyst for deploying social capital to a diverse group of artists.

Ponyride serves creative entrepreneurs and makers who are committed to work together to make communities…

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