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Peter Troxler

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Research Professor
Netherlands
I am a Research Professor at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences on the topic of the Third Industrial Revolution. My field of research is the impact of readily available direct digital manufacturing technologies and the design and manufacturing practice of “fabbers” and “makers” on the creative and manufacturing industries, and the emergence of networked co-operation paradigms and business models based open source principles.

I am an industrial engineer by training (PhD 1999 from ETH Zurich). I worked in factory automation, attaching robots and automatic tool-changers to CNC milling machines before pursuing my career as a business consultant and later as a research manager at the University of Aberdeen in knowledge technologies and knowledge management.

I have acquired notable experience and standing in community building—among others working with his own fringe theater company in Lucerne, Switzerland, organizing arts festivals in Switzerland and Scotland, and as the community representative for Knowlegeboard the largest community of knowledge management researchers in the mid 2000s.

Since 2007, I have been involved in Fab Labs in various ways, initially as a project manager of the Fab Lab Amsterdam, then as co-organizer of the international Fab Lab workshop and symposium in Amsterdam in 2010 and supporting new Fab Labs getting started in Switzerland (Lucerne) and the Netherlands (Rotterdam). In 2012/13 I am the president of the International Fab Lab Association.

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Thursday, July 17
 

14:00

Open Design Definition workshop Space S4