There's a new Fab-Lab opening up here in Münster, financially supported by the local government and local businesses. Although this is great news, it also underlines how mainstream these so called Disruptive Technologies are becoming. Indeed, their disrupting days are over, having been embraced by industry.
Open Workshops like this can be tremendously enabling for the local community. Providing access for a wide range of people. Designers, Inventors and hobbyist can come together and exchange knowledge over manufacturing techniques in a structured environment with someone around to ask for advice or just make sure the facility is kept in good order.