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Anke Fischer

Interview about People’s Factory Personal Manufacturing Workshop

“Choose your favorite piece – we’ll help you produce it yourself!”
Under this motto, the first Personal Manufacturing Workshops took place at FabLab Lucerne in December. One of our first participants was Juliane. At the Christmas market “Hallen-Luja” in Lucerne (see blog entry) she had seen which People’s Factory design pieces can be produced during a workshop and wanted to try it out for herself. Afterwards I met Juliane for a personal conversation to find out how everything worked on her . Read for yourself what Juliane has experienced and felt and be inspired…..

1. Could you describe in your own words how you experienced the People’s Factory Workshop?

I had a very nice evening at the workshop where I was able to meet interesting people, exchange ideas, get in touch with a new way of producing things and enjoy a lovely dinner. The production of the jar itself, however beautiful and interesting, is, in my personal view a detail in the workshop. At the end of the day, the experience remained in my mind, body and soul. I learned about digital technology, handled wood, felt its smell, enjoyed putting the cement in the form like a child:)) I could feel that every detail in the workshop was prepared with love and care and was aligned with the vision and purpose of Peoples Factory.”Make it differently and transform your emotions into real objects!

2. What have you particularly inspired?

What I enjoyed most was the handling/preparation of the jar with my hands. I guess we are very conditioned and used to apply our intellect to what we do. We work a lot with our head and forget that we have a body. It was so relaxing to shut down thoughts and go back to the instinctual use of my hands. Just going back to simple things, like polishing the cement. I also enjoyed the dinner, where we were able to know a bit more about each other in a spontaneous way.

3. What didn’t you like so much?

I’m personally not very excited about the technical details of the machines and its processes. My joy is in the interaction with people and being hands on. But this is very personal, as I felt that my colleague was very interested in the engineering/tech background.

4. What significance do you see for the future of being able to produce items yourself?

I guess our society (and I include myself) is lost in consumption and in a disposable way of life. I have been questioning myself in the last couple of years what is really necessary to live comfortably and how can I cause less impact in my environment. I believe that being able to produce some of our items may help us to be more aware of the impact that we cause. Additionally, it may help us to realize that the creation, i. e. the experience, is more important that the product itself. The way is the goal, as we like to say.

5. In terms of sustainability and quality, where does the People’s Factory vision have a more positive impact and why?

You are involved in the production of your product from start to finish and can decide for yourself which sustainable, ecological materials you want to use, e. g. from regional manufacturers. The production process is completely transparent and it is known that no cheap wages or child labour has been used. By simply shopping you don’t learn anything and you don’t gain any experience. On the other hand, the experiences I have had during my own production in the workshop, no one can take them away from me and the knowledge is not lost. Knowledge is also self-determination, so we can become independent of large corporations.

6. Do you have any ideas or suggestions for us?

It would be interesting to start the workshop telling a bit about you, Marianne and Anke, what brought you to Peoples Factory, the FabLab etc.” As this type of experience is relatively new, it may be inspiring for the participants to know about your personal drives and motivation. This encourages people to “get out of the box” and question themselves about what motivate them.

Thank you, dear Juliane, for your open and detailed feedback!



Marianne Wilmsmeier

The People’s Factory starts with the workshops!

End of November we presented our first People’s Factory favourites at the Christmas market “Hallen-Luja” in Lucerne. From now on, everyone can produce their own production during a guided “Meet-Eat-Make” -workshop. Within a short time we received the first registrations, so that 2 weeks later we could start with the first production workshops at the Fab Lab Luzern. A very interactive and interesting experience – both for the participants and for us. The feedback speaks for itself and we were incredibly pleased! Thus, not only the new experience of being able to produce something with machines from industrial production triggered enthusiasm, but also the use of hands, the enjoyment of delicious food and being together with other interesting people.

Be inspired and come by 2018 to produce for yourself.

Isaac Pierre

Making people make!

“Once a person has made 3 objects it starts understanding what the paradigm is about” – Marianne said to me the first time I met her.

Empowering people by freeing the products we use from being an act of consuming.

My design can be made much better if it’s always different people making it because each unit can be original,  and become a personal object. I trust this equation as a creative challenge to make more sustainable products that are closer to the people who live and use them.

Anke Fischer

„Yes, we made it differently“ @ „Hallen-luja“ in Lucerne

After 4 really busy weeks of brainstorming, creation and searching for new ways to make our vision of People’s Factory a reality, we finally and proudly presented 13 designs at the „Hallen-luja“ Christmas market in Lucerne.

It was a fantastic, exciting experience for us to turn our ideas into real objects, so we were curious to see how the visitors of the „Hallen-luja“ Market would react to our concept of digitally driven self-production. Many strolled through the exhibition and of course also past our stand, stopped and took the individual products into their hands, felt and inspected them closely. Attracted the high quality and the pleasing designs, they asked about materials and possible uses – just like when you want to buy a product.

Everybody was surprised when they realised that these product were not for direct sale but instead serve as samples to encourage self-production. Questions didn’t stop and kicked off many exciting conversations around our “Choose your favourite design – we provide the experience!“ concept.

The possibilities of digital manufacturing with modern, digital tools like CNC milling machines, laser cutters, or 3-D printers combined with high quality, sustainable materials and with individual creativity opens up a new horizon of conscious consumption and of enjoying of personal design and creation.

But do people really dare to try that? That’s what we are here for. The interactive workshops at the People’s Factory help lowering the bar to start creating your own design piece together with other people, in a great atmosphere that invites to share, eat, drink and chill out together.

In more than 100 conversations with different people, we have received a lot of feedback and inputs and the first bookings. We are excited to welcome the first participants to our workshops and and curious about their feedback. At the same time, we will continue to do it differently by seeking for new designs, designers, tools and materials.

Hope you are curious, too?

Anke Fischer

Encouraging Partnerships, we make it differently and together!

“Make it Differently and Transform Your Emotions into Real Objects!“ – With this slogan People’s Factory officially launched last weekend in Lucerne. The exciting idea behind it: Produce products with cool designs from different product designers on professional machines yourself.

People’s Factory relies on partners who support the idea and who provide their experience and know-how. Our first partner, FabLab Lucerne, provides us with the room and tools, such as CNC milling machines, laser cutters and 3D printers to run our „Personal Manufacturing Workshops“ allowing everyone to produce their own design products.

For product design, we have been able to win our first design partner, Isaac Pierre from Barcelona, with his „Twistab” stool. His experience and ideas are worth their weight in gold for us, not to forget his beautifully designed products.

We are actively looking for additional partners to help building an interactive and inspiring platform, bringing together the most beautiful designs, the best digital tools and the most sustainable materials for you to produce your own products.

Stay tuned for new partners, new designs, new tools – or reach out to us, if you want to become of our partner network.

Anke Fischer

Personal Manufacturing Workshop: „Making it Differently“

Choose your favorite design – we provide the experience!

Are you interested in gaining personal manufacturing competency to push your skills to the next level? Are you ready to learn about very exciting and powerful tools that will take your ideas and concepts to a whole new realm?

The Workshop

The guided personal manufacturing workshop will provide you with fascinating insights and experience in using technical and human skills in order to manufacture your favorite design piece.

The Philosophy

  • Good design & manufacturing are not only for designers and specialists
  • Good design & manufacturing is pure delight
  • Good design & manufacturing leads to real passion and pride

Who is it For?

This workshop is for anyone who loves to discover the outstanding and wants to acquire new digital and personal life skills.
No equipment or previous experience required.


Please find available workshop slots in the calendar and contact us to redeem your voucher.
Workshop sessions will be confirmed 7 days in advance.

Meet & Eat

Fresh and delicious refreshments & drinks are included.


Fab Lab Lucerne, @Hochschule Luzern, Technikumstrasse 21 in 6048 Horw, Switzerland
–> For more information and for open slots in upcoming workshops, please check our calendar on the FabLab Lucerne page.


Cancellations 8 days before will be offered 50% refund. Cancellations less than 7 days before the event will not be offered a refund. Tickets can be transferred to a friend or colleague.

For updates please check the People’s Factory website

Anke Fischer

We should embrace technology, but not become technology ourselves.

Digital transformation everywhere, but what do we humans actually want? Being happy – in the Greek sense – is not a tool. We should embrace technology but not become technology ourselves,”says Futurist Gerd Leonhard.

Technological progress enables us to make our living space much better, more free and, above all, more humane. Let us reflect on our abilities and develop our human and technical qualities in a conscious way together. In the future, we will have to be more on our own and think more entrepreneurially. Also our private lifestyle, i. e. what we surround ourselves with, what we want to own and what we feel comfortable with, often depends on our consumer behaviour. Even if the offer is huge and almost everything can be bought online, there is one important aspect to happiness missing: the creative enthusiasm and the proud feeling to be a part of it.

People’s Factory aims to be a marketplace that makes all this possible: Digital personal manufacturing with groundbreaking and easy-to-use tools for stylish and feasible product design templates from an international pool of ideas that touches all senses.

The advantages are obvious: these self-produced items correspond to the current standards of aesthetics, form and function – but in addition, completely new quality criteria can be realized: personalization, sustainability, longevity and self-repair. And all this in a reasonable time frame.
Not to forget the feeling of working with our hands and achieving a real result, feeling deep inside that we are creative, proud and happy. The product is proof of our Lifeskills