An exploratory study: Universities, Enterprises and Maker Communities in Open Design & Manufacturing across Europe

We want to share with you our report that contains the results of an action-research developed in the context of the OD&M Project.

The main objective of this research was to analyze how and to what extent the emerging open design and manufacturing paradigm (OD&M) is currently becoming the ground of progressive convergence and synergy between Universities, enterprises and maker communities, and how this ‘knowledge triangle’ is collaborating towards the creation of effective and meaningful value chains of innovation.

The research started by investigating the key competences and skills that presently characterise the ‘maker profile’, in order to draw a general picture of how these are developed, in which contexts, and through which particular teaching and learning processes. The research explored existing experiences and discussed with Higher Education’s representatives the drivers, barriers and possible scenarios stemming from the introduction of making education within formal learning.

Then, the research involved professional makers and OD&M enterprises (i.e. enterprises that show strong and direct connections with the open design and manufacturing paradigm) in order to get an in depht understanding of how making-related values, skills and competences are contributing to shape and inform their businesses.

Lastly, the research explored the perceptions and opinions of ‘traditional’ companies regarding these topics, and discussed with them the potential risks and benefits that may emerge for them from the OD&M paradigm.

We can say that the different levels of maturity of the maker movement – and, more generally, of the open design and manufacturing paradigm – in the different countries, poses clear challenges in the implementation of this type of research; on the other hand, it reflects the reality of an emerging phenomenon and points to both the challenges of a common path, and the opportunities of building common experimentations at European level.

  1. Research Report – Integral version
  2. Research report – Reduced version

OD&M Knowledge Alliance in Shanghai (16-20 October 2017)

A group of 19 OD&M consortium participants attended the “Shanghai Learning Mobility Action” between October 16th and 20th to learn how the situation in China is related to the Maker movement and compare it to the European context.

It was a very interesting mobility action in which the consortium experimented with Chinese culture and was able to learn from the Open approach that they have regarding technology.

During those days the group visited the Fablab Shanghai, the Makerspaces Mushroom Cloud Shanghai and XinChenJian Lab, the Sci-tech City with its institutes, universities and business innovation centres, the Hangzhou Dianzi University Information Engineering School, and in particular a number of labs such as FischerTechnik Machine Innovation Laboratory, Machine Vision Laboratory, CNC Central Laboratory and Mechatronics Laboratory, the XJTLU – Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, etc.

In the same way, the OD&M Alliance attended a conference organized by the Hackerspace Union of Hangzhou where some partners presented the project.  

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Jornada: El futuro de la educación STEAM: decodificamos el “ADN Maker”

El próximo 26 de octubre con motivo de la European Maker Week y en el marco del proyecto europeo OD&M (Open Design and Manufacturing), tendrá lugar la jornada El futuro de la educación STEAM: decodificamos el “ADN Maker”

Se trata de una jornada donde se debatirá sobre los rasgos característicos del perfil Maker y donde explorara la integración de dichas competencias en los diferentes niveles del sistema educativo. Contaremos con la participación de varios centros educativos y miembros de la comunidad maker que compartirán con nosotros sus opiniones y experiencias, así como su visión del movimiento maker.  Asimismo, tendremos la oportunidad de dialogar en torno a una mesa redonda y de visitar una exposición de proyectos de “estudiantes makers”.

Desde proyecto OP&M creemos que es posible que el “ADN Maker” se extienda y perdure en el tiempo transmitiendolo a futuras generaciones y por eso la Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad de Deusto y Tecnalia, dos de los socios en este proyecto, queremos invitarte a participar a este evento.

El aforo es limitado. Confirmación de asistencia en: European Maker Week


Robo Inspector Hackathon by Fundacja FabLab Łódź

Robo Inspector Hackathon, was the marathon robotics challenge , where the almost 40 young pasionate and students build a robots based on Arduino and Raspberry PI. The challenge based on closed tunel immitaiting a conditions of hard acces spece`s, for example, pipes, channell. During the maraton we build 9 robots! The special guest of Hackathon was Mitch Altman! Open source and open hardware global disseminator, co-founder of Noisebridge hackerspaces.

During this event (between 22 and 24th September) I made a great observation and prototype of education and cooperation formula.

But the most important facts were the little conversation with Mitch about global maker movement and engaging 3 new companies potentially open to next steps on impact in OD&M. I am collecting data in this sense: STMelectronics (module for arduino) The Things Lodz (open IoT community projcect) Gromar (e-learning company) and the At the start of event I said a few words about the basic idea od OD&M.

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The technological culture (Spain)

Between the 3rd and the 7th of July CIFCYT (Latin-American Congress of Philosophy of Science and Technology) was held in Salamanca (Spain). With the main theme in this edition of “Scientific culture and Technological culture” more than 300 people attend to the event organized by the University of Salamanca.

Many researchers from different Latin-American countries participated in this congress in different areas related to philosophy. Raúl Tabarés from Tecnalia presented the paper titled “The technological culture in the maker movement”. In this contribution Raúl showed the potential of Makerspaces and DIY (Do It Yourself) philosophies to engage citizens with open technologies and how can innovation culture can be foster in society throughout the values of the maker culture. This approach is related with the axiological dimension of the Maker Movement and lies at the rationale of projects like OD&M.

We show our project in Bilbao (Spain)

On the 28th of June, we exposed OD&M to the community of makers, manufacturers and other agents who attended the “OpenMaker” event organized by Tecnalia in Bilbao (Spain)

It was very interesting to see how more than 70 professionals from the community maker and manufacturers find common intents with open manufacturing as a common link.

MakeFabHab Convent in Łodź (Poland)

On May 20 the FabHab of źódź organized a meeting, the MakeFabHab Convent, where 22 teams from FabLabs met to talk about the movement of creators in Poland.

Among the experts who gave this event were: Marcin Zaród (University of Warsaw), Agnieszka Koszowska (Foundation for Development of Information Society), Dawid Sokołowski (Sensible Business Network) and Bartosz Malinowski (We the crowd)

Startup Olé (Spain)

On the 26 and 27 of April, representatives of Tecnalia, on behalf of OD&M Platform attended the Startup Olé faire in the University of Salamanca.

Startup Olé has been a unique event to drive entrepreneurship through effective collaboration among all the key players in the tech ecosystem.

A Startup fair has been held in the event where innovative startups had the opportunity to showcase their portfolio of product s and technologies.

The mission of Tecnalia’s representatives in the event was to disseminate the project and raise awareness on the Maker ecosystem and its importance for the manufacturing sector among all the key relevant players that attended the event.

Several face-to-face interviews with innovative startups where held in the event in order to disseminate and raise awareness on OD&M Platform project.

Very inspiring startups at Startup Olé were interested in OD&M Platform project. In the picture, GEKONAVSAT and working on the GNSS of the Things concept.

Kick-off the Startup Olé event on the 26th of April.


Big event on makers on the 20 of june in Bruxelles, with the EU commission and  Google, Intel, Wilfried Martens Center .  The event wants to re-create a village with several thematic areas and show how makers can operate in the city of the future.

Some Makers might participate to some of the panel discussions, where a European Commissioner, a Member of the European Parliament , a maker’s expert and a business leader will talk.