Do you know Coreglia? No? It is a small town in the Italian region of Tuscany, known for its very rich manufacturing heritage. For centuries, Coreglia has been home to thriving industries producing everything from textiles and ceramics to metal and glass processing.
In a phase of strong changes in the manufacturing sector (and to offer an in-depth knowledge of the profession of figurine maker), in the year of the Lord 1883 an innovative school of “Drawing and Plastic” was born.
The creator, the cav. Carlo Vanni, was part of a family of figurists / entrepreneurs, and therefore chose important local figurists as the first teachers of the nascent school. Today the works born from that experience are exhibited in the local "Museum of the figurine", in the building donated to the city by Mr. Vanni.
Someone has decided to take this baton, which has centuries-old origins (it dates back to 1600) and take it into the future.
New era, new school
From the manufacture born from the experience of the "Genius Loci" of Coreglia, time moves forward fast. The manufacturing of the future, the one that makes its way through digital techniques, modeling software and 3D printers, is the ideal continuation of the paths always made in this Tuscan city.
For this a new school called SMAC was born. How to define it? A shared work platform? A multidisciplinary training course? Definitions can be wasted, the substance remains.
Future designers and artisans will create high technology "workshops" to shape the material of tomorrow. A subject that, as then, will have to speak the same language as nature.
Matter (and manufacturing) Circular, sustainable, advanced
The SMAC (starting July 10) will give great space to sustainable 3D printing materials and circular supply chains. The aim is to show how the "new craftsmanship" brings together the concepts of digital manufacturing and widespread factory: two cornerstones that will increasingly contrast with centralized production. I recently talked about it here, in an episode of Periscopio, FP's LinkdedIn newsletter (subscribe!).
In this first edition, the SMAC will be a 6-day event that will concentrate precious teachings in a “full immersion” path, 35 hours between theory and practice. If you want more information find it all here.
The future is permanent, however, as in the tradition of the Coreglia manufacturing. New artisans from all over the world (maybe in smartworking), please join :)