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Industrial Fabrication

For decades educational institutions have promoted careers in STEM, (science, technology, engineering, and math), as the only viable path to “success” — as it pertains to economic growth. The very idea of working with your hands instead of your mind has become viewed as undesirable in the lexicon of our ethos. Those who have done both know better, but unfortunately the emphasis on STEM jobs, and the outsourcing of manual labor abroad, has created less opportunity for young people to make informed decisions as to what kind of contribution they are best suited for.


A prefabricated, (or Prefab), product is one that is built indoors in a factory-like setting. The finished products are covered and transported to their new locations, where they are assembled by a builder. A prefab home is not a mobile home; it is simply a home that is built off-site, as opposed to on-site. These homes are often called factory-built, system-built or modular  homes.


Repurposing is creating a new use for a product different than what was intended at conception, usually using items considered to be junk, garbage, or obsolete. The practice is as old as human civilization. Design Anthropology studies the way that different societies re-appropriate the artifacts of older cultures in new and creative ways. More recently, hobbyists and arts-and-crafts organizations such as Instructables and other maker culture communities have adapted this strategy as a means of creatively responding to the ecological and economic crises of the 21st century.

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