Training and Development

21,000 Flexible Public Fabrication Facilities across the USA

The USA needs more large neighborhood shops with a lot of flexible machine tools. The US government should fund the construction of 21,000 flexible fabrication facilities across the USA at a cost of US$50 billion, places where any American can go to learn about and use CNC equipment like mills and lathes and a variety of other advanced tools and processes including biotech ones. That is one for every town and county in the USA. These shops might be seen as public extensions of local schools, essentially turning the shops of public schools into more like a public library of tools. A few variations have been developed in that direction (Men's Shed, FabLab, TechShop, or in books like David Morris' "Neighborhood Power: The New Localism").

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