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WIKIFACTORY The factory is everywhere and the producer is everyone



WikiFactory is a cultural initiative to accelerate the future of manufacturing. With a physical and virtual presence, we can present an accessible learning curve of experiences, tools and content so that anyone can participate in design and production.

WikiFactory is a cultural initiative to accelerate the future of manufacturing. Physical space


Play - An exhibition space to showcase the latest advances - Interactive experiences for all ages

Public engagement with new technologies and

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Engage - An innovation hub to facilitate workshops, education and incubation in product innovation !

Scale - A landmark space to invite corporate/investor engagement - Scale production in ‘satellite' locations around London

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exposition of career opportunities ! !

Vehicle for learning in the future of manufacturing,

building businesses and creating jobs ! !

Tested innovations find the support and resources to

reach the global market


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Virtual space -

An open library of digital designs

Access to designs to fabricate to customised needs


An easy-to-use 3D design tool to create new products for fabrication A live chat system and content aggregator

Reduce ‘build-and-test’ time during product prototyping allowing faster iteration



an online platform to facilitate effective collaboration


Manufacturing in the UK 1. In decline “…in recent years, the relative share of manufacturing in the UK’s economy has decline more rapidly than in other developed economies” (see graph). !

2. Shortage of professionals “…young people and women tend to have a negative perception of manufacturing, with 67% of girls aged 7-11 years indicated that they would not like a job in manufacturing compared with 44% of boys”. !

3. Transition to highly-skilled workforce “The quality and skills of the workforce will be a critical factor in capturing competitive advantage. It is essential that UK policy makers focus on the supply of skilled workers…” ! ! The Future of Manufacturing, Foresight Report (2014).


The Future of Manufacturing Media coverage surrounding 3D printing has been met with both excitement about a new industrial revolution and scepticism about the viability of specific technologies. !

However through our involvement in the maker and digital fabrication community, we have directly experienced the explosion in innovation in new production methods and machines. !

In the words of Neil Gershenfeld, the head of MIT's Centre for Bits and Atoms: !

“ What has grown forward is a digital revolution in making things. It's cutting, grinding, lasers, plasmas, jets of water, wires, knives, bending pins, weaving, moulding, extruding, fusing and bonding. �


Realising the ‘Crystal Palace’ of today Constructed at Hyde Park, the landmark building of more than 99,000 sqm became a bastion for innovation in manufacturing. !

In 1851, it hosted the Great Exhibition, bringing more than 14,000 exhibitors from around the world to display the latest technology of the emerging Second Industrial Revolution. !

Crystal Palace showcased Victorian Britain as an industrial powerhouse and the structure itself was an exposition of the latest architectural techniques. !

It became a space for both the production and exhibition of industrial technology. WikiFactory aspires to mimic the impact of the Crystal Palace in London for the ‘Third Industrial Revolution’.


Espians LLP As an organisation uniquely positioned at the intersection of the future of manufacturing, open source innovation, and social empowerment. !

We are passionate about harnessing transformative p2p technologies to solve systemic social problems at scale. !

Our disruptive strategy for social innovation focuses on empowering individuals and communities with the design and fabrication tools they need to solve the social, environmental, and economic challenges they face. ! ! !



WikiHouse !



As an initial entry into the 3D printing world, we launched WikiHouse in 2011 — an open source construction set for 3D printed houses.

Our aim was to enable anyone to design, download, print and assemble a house with minimal formal skill.

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As a proof of concept, we created a plugin for the popular SketchUp design tool that transforms a 3D model of a house into flat panels that are algorithmically laid out onto sheets.

These panels can then be automatically cut by CNC machines out of materials like structural plywood and assembled with ease — like a giant jigsaw puzzle.


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WikiFactory Building on our experience with WikiHouse and in creating innovation communities, like the ImpactHub in London, we are creating WikiFactory: an ecosystem for the future of manufacturing, comprised of virtual and physical spaces. !

On, we will provide a community platform and design tools, to advance the coming together of designers, technologists and entrepreneurs to collaborate on projects. !

In London, our innovation hub will galvanise a community of the most innovative projects surrounding the future of manufacturing to curate inspirational workshops, hackathons and exhibitions as well as accelerate the commercialisation of emerging digital fabrication technologies.


The community platform on draws inspiration from the successful methodologies of the open source software world.

Live Group Chat Open source projects almost universally use IRC, a group chat system, to facilitate open group discussions. We are creating a web-based live chat system tailored to the needs of collaborative design projects.

News Aggregator Like Hacker News in the software world, our content aggregator will make it easy to stay up-to-date with the latest news about specific projects and topics, as well as organise shared articles, photos and videos from the community.

Video Updates As an initial way of building our community, we’ve begun making regular video summaries, making it easy to keep up with the latest developments in the fields of 3D printing, open source innovation and the future of manufacturing


Like a ‘Wikipedia of Things’, our online ecosystem at will allow anyone to create, share and modify designs which can be digitally fabricated. Library of Designs Blueprints of everything created by the community will be made accessible on our library of open source designs. !

Design tool Now that recent browsers support 3D graphics via WebGL, we’ll be able to integrate an easy-touse, in-browser design tool to facilitate the creation of new designs. !

Customisation tool We’ll also make it extremely easy for people to customise aspects of designs — like dimensions and materials — by using intuitive controls like sliders and drop down menus.


Bringing together London’s most innovative projects in the future of manufacturing, we will create an innovation hub that inspires visitors from around the world and plays a critical role in revitalising London’s manufacturing sector.

FabLab House, Barcelona - digitally fabricated.


The innovation hub will provide access to a wide range of cutting-edge digital fabrication technologies such as 3D printers & scanners, CNC machines, Laser cutters etc. !

By curating a community with a diverse set of skills and disciplines, and employing agile development and lean start-up methodologies, we will create a supportive learning and opportunity realisation environment for Londoners. !

By combining easy access to machines and support with WikIFactory’s virtual platform, we aim to empower everyone to become a producer. !

Being located in a high footfall area and in itself being a ‘landmark' digitally fabricated structure, the innovation hub will attract visitors and exhibitors from around the world.


A digital fabrication exhibition space for everyone to:


Engage !

in the 21st Century ‘workshop of the world’.


Play By curating interactive exhibition space, showcasing the latest developments in manufacturing technologies, we will captivate the wider public’s imagination and interest in participating in design and manufacturing. !

Working with existing initiatives such as Kano, LittleBits and 3D Doodler, we will engage young people in educational workshops - making careers in manufacturing appealing from an early age.

Kano - playful coding for kids, London.

Engage To attract those actively working at the cutting-edge of the future of manufacturing, we will create engaging challenges and hackathons. !

Providing residencies for artists, engineers, entrepreneurs, etc will foster a supportive peer-learning environment helping accelerate businesses and create jobs. Oering apprentice schemes, courses, and training, will help people acquire skills for the future. !

The opportunity to showcase content in a constantly evolving exhibition space will allow projects to rapidly test how people interact with their products & inventions during the development process.

Open Desk - digitally fabricated furniture, London.

Scale As a ‘landmark’ space, the innovation hub will be the ideal setting for emerging startups to exhibit their final products to corporations and investors for growth opportunities. !

‘Satellite' locations around London should provide capacity to experiment with scaled out ‘mass-customisation’ production lines, as demand grows for digitally fabricated products. !

This will allow digital fabrication to become price competitive with 20th century mass-production methods - revitalising London’s manufacturing sector.

RoboFold - automated metal folding, London.


building the post-industrial future


The factory is everywhere and the producer is everyone.

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