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Dirk was born in a paper family. He works now as a new business developer in the paper factory of his family and back in 2001 he worked as a productmanager for the same company and learned about the scale and the long tail in digitized networked markets.
End 2005 A friend (Hanne van Essen) read an article about Fablabs in NRC Handelsblad called "Livingroom factories in Ghana". She googled on fablab and met Frank Oxener on Texel who claimed a little earlier the domain and they started a blog called fablab.nl.
She got together with someone in Texel to write a blog. Dirk, Frank and Hanne teamed up with Klaas Hernamdt (de Waag) to set up the first FabLab in the Netherlands in cooperation with Waag Society and Mediamatic and Stichting FabLab.nl. The rest is history.
They promoted the idea of Fablabs.
His interest: Connecting minds via dyesub and other paper killer apps. Seeing how Coldenhove Paper Factory can connect to Open Manufacturing and FabLabs.
You print onto a special piece of paper, that can release the inkt again under high temperature. Image is not on top of the material, but inside it.
What can you do with it? Decorate. Personalise.
Dirk spoke in preparation for his talk at fabfuse with a Dutch supplier of material and machines to Dutch FabLabs: The supplier found Protospace a good environment for a showroom model but didn't think Fablab Amersfoort a suitable environment because he felt Fablab Amersfoort is a place where people make things that already exists.
Dirk understands better what open design, open source and and open manufacturing entails by following the Open Laserproject LAOS and talking with Jaap Vermaas and Bart Bakker. As and example of Open Manufacturing Bart advocates the Chinese to copy the finished LAOS board asap so the rest of the world can enjoy the wonderful features and improve on it which will be beneficial for all of us. See http://www.laoslaser.org/
Q: Are these professional machines suitable for fablabs? Are they hackable / adaptable?
A: Fablabs are places that give access to machines people normally can't afford.
Q: How do you link your fablab to the world behind the machines?