Digital fabrication is a type of manufacturing process where the machine used is controlled by a computer.
The most common forms of digital fabrication are:
There are a huge range of digital fabrication techniques. The important aspect that unifies them is that the machines can reliably be programmed to make consistent products from digital designs.
This means that an OpenDesk design can be downloaded and made, reliably and repeatably, all over the world, without a maker needing to have specialist equipment.
There are still some finishing steps required — which will vary from product to product — after the raw parts come off the fabrication machine. For more technical information, check out our Maker Forum, and documentation website OpenMaking.is.