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The potential of digital-personal fabrication goes beyond enhancing Next Generation Manufacturing to an emerging and advanced STEM learning model. Fab Labs drive deep and comprehensive STEM learning and also strongly reinforce the nature and dimensions of community in learning.

According to Mitchel Resnick, founder of the MIT Media Lab's Life-Long Kindergarten, a Fab Lab learner ("inventor") goes through a "learning spiral". It is important to note that sharing the idea or fabrication with others is a critical part of the learning spiral and that the learning cycle is repeated.

Moreover, multiple learning spirals can be occurring and interacting within a Fab Lab or even a network of Fab Labs producing an important multiplier effect.

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