The Fourth International Fab Lab Forum and Symposium on Digital Fabrication will be hosted in Chicago from August 22 to August 23, 2007.
Covering everything from nanoscale protein to large scale construction it draws researchers and industry leaders from around the world. The progam for the event can be found at:
Fab Lab Program
3D Printing is just one of the methodologies that will be discussed at the forum. CNC technologies, like the ShopBot are equally important to the worldwide availablity of fabrication tools. Lest, you think that fabrication research is dull and boring, my might want to check out this experiment at using the ShopBot to construct a boat.
Fjord Boat Buoy Challenge
Of course, fabricating a boat and keeping it afloat are two different challenges.
To see these and more images of fabrication experiments from the MIT FabLab, go to FabCentral.