INTERFACER
Building the digital infrastructure for Fab Cities

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Vision

Our vision is to promote a green, resilient, and digitally-based mode of production and consumption that enables the greatest possible sovereignty, empowerment and participation of citizens all over the world.
We want to help Fab Cities to produce everything they consume by 2054 on the basis of collaboratively developed and globally shared data in the commons.

Mission

The need to reorganize globalized value creation and production systems and to establish sustainable and synergetic production processes worldwide is the starting point for the INTERFACER project. The goal is the development, initial application and distribution of an open source software system called Fab City OS (OS = Operating System) which can be implemented as a software stack along the value chain at the respective entities of the global network, e.g. Fab Cities, Fab Labs to build up and run a local and yet globally connected value creation system.

Key Principles

We strongly believe in the power of Open Source and thus apply corresponding licensing regimes to all of our software and hardware developments and applications. As a result, a digital commons is created - a public, non-exclusive good. Another key concept is federation in the sense that we build a digital infrastructure that can be hosted individually and independently by a Fab City while being able to connect and exchange data with other Fab Cities. Finally, we make use of distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) and crypto functions to enable secure transactions among the network.

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Build Workshops

Die kostenfreie Workshop-Serie für Hamburger Maker

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EVENT

Fab City Summit Bali

From October 12-22, 2022 the Interfacer Team and Fab City Hamburg is present at the Fab City Summit .. ...

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Tech Demo Sessions

FabCityOS - Alpha

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INTERFACER Fab City Operating System Whitepaper

White Paper

INTERFACER project description

Building the digital infrastructure for Fab Cities

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Publication

The Hamburg Principles of Circular Design

During the CDDD event, five principles for circular design were developed in a co-creative process . . .

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INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Zero Carbon Roadshow

Roadshow by bike from Hamburg to Barcelona over Amsterdam and Paris to connect European Fab Cities

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Research & Development


Outputs

Here you find a selection of outcomes that we anticipate in the course of the project. Do not hesitate to get in touch for more information.

DIGITAL PRODUCT PASSPORT

The DPP comprises two dimensions: Tracking and tracing of material and (design) data flows.

Fab City OS - Software Kit

Find all the digital tools you need to set up and run a Fab City in one kit to be installed on your local server.

FAB ACCESS

Further developing a federated access and machine control system for participatory communities such as Fab Labs.

Green paper

In collaboration with city administrators and policy makers, we elaborate a technological and economic framework for Fab City OS.

Fab City OS - Core

A digital infrastructure upon which an economy of Fab Cities and Regions will unfold.

OSS for OSH foundation

Promoting and supporting the advancement of open source software needed to develop open source hardware.

Fab City Index

Testing and reviewing a method to evaluate and monitor the circularity status of a Fab City.

Fab City Micro Factory

Conceptualizing and testing how local manufacturing can be realized in a highly modular and flexible micro factory.

COMMUNITY

We regard ourselves as part of a global community of like-minded people with the same mission. Learn here about our network of partners and related projects.

  • Partner Network
  • Related Projects

Fab City Global Initiative

is a global initiative for productive, resilient, open cities. A collective of civic leaders, makers, urbanists and innovators working on shifting the industrial urban paradigm to one that better supports life on Earth. FCGI

Laboratory of Production Engineering

The Laboratory of Production Engineering (LaFT) is part of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Helmut Schmidt University (HSU), University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg. In close cooperation with research and industrial partners, basic principles, innovative approaches and methods are researched and developed within the four areas of microproduction, robotics and automation, value creation systems and new technologies and materials. LaFT

NEW PRODUCTION INSTITUTE

As a think tank for the future of value creation and production, the experts of the New Production Institute (NPI) are involved in various projects dealing with the change of value creation systems against the background of new possibilities of networking and production in times of digital transformation. NPI

Open Source Ecology Germany e.V.

develops technologies to build a local economy, from tractors to wind turbines to cars, continuously improving them according to sustainable core values such as reproducibility, modularity, suitability for self-build and ecological design, and making the results available to everyone in open source. OSEG

Verbund offener Werkstätten

is an association of open workshops that wants to encourage DIY and show how important and necessary third places are for local economies and learning. In doing so, they critically engage with processes, materials and technologies. VoW

dtec.bw

is a scientific centre supported by universities of the Bundeswehr and part of the Federal Government’s economic stimulus programme to overcome the COVID 19 crisis. The funds are used to finance research projects and projects for knowledge and technology transfer (in particular to promote start-ups). dtec.bw

CENTRINNO

is a research project focused on industrial historical sites undergoing transformation. Leveraging the potential of underutilized historic spaces to become creative production and manufacturing hubs, the project envisions sustainable and inclusive futures for the city and its residents. Centrinno

Fab City Foundation

The Fab City Foundation supports the global initiative through the development of projects and educational programs that are focused on building the capacity of cities and their communities. Based in e-Estonia, the Foundation is location independent and supports distributed programs and projects the world over. FCF

REFLOW

The REFLOW Project aims to develop circular and regenerative cities through enabling active citizen involvement and systemic change to re-think the current approach to material flows in cities. The project utilizes Fab Labs and maker spaces as catalysts for change in urban and peri-urban environments. Reflow

CONTACT

Get in touch with the INTERFACER team for more information about future projects, financing, requests or collaborations. Choose your best contact option below

GitLab

Follow our projects on GitLab, which is a version management web application for software projects based on Git.

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