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Bassel Needs Us. Join #FREEBASSELDAY on March 15.

Rainbow @freebassel! Good sign!!! Like rainbow after the rain you can see sunshine. Great future!!! Blessing #freebassel

This Friday, please join Fabricatorz, Creative Commons, Mozilla, and so many people and other organizations in hosting the first #FREEBASSELDAY. The plan is simple, visit and add to http://freebasselday.org. List your city, you (or your group) as the organizers of an event, a venue name and location, time and the action(s) you or your group will take. Please be as public as you can about your action! Some groups are having dinner like in France, other groups putting up fliers in Amsterdam, and more are getting together for a beer to take photos having a cheerz for Bassel. Help us free one of the original Fabricatorz, and one of our best friends, Bassel.

Here is a sample of the press release at #FREEBASSEL:

Announcing The 1st Annual #FREEBASSELDAY on March 15.

We, the supporters of the #FREEBASSEL project are inviting every person, everywhere to make an event on March 15, 2013 with other people in your city in global solidarity to call for the immediate release of open web advocate Bassel Khartibil. This day is the one year anniversary of the illegal jailing of Bassel Khartibil, well known free internet pioneer, software engineer, teacher, husband, family-man and friend. Bassel is a normal guy, in a bad situation. He is now stuck in a Syrian jail cell where he is not able to directly contribute to his local and global communities. We demand his captors to #FREEBASSEL!

Bassel is ALIVE.

Join us to create an activity, event or even a party to celebrate the great work and ongoing life of Bassel. We challenge other leaders of the free internet and open web to create events to make #FREEBASSEL t-shirts, release #FREEBASSEL software, put up #FREEBASSEL posters in your city, to make food together or even to throw a party at a local bar with #FREEBASSEL images and songs playing. Have a cheers for #FREEBASSEL and tweet the picture of your group publicly in your local language.

#FREEBASSEL = #FREEINTERNET

By freeing Bassel, you help to free the Internet. Joining the global movement is simple. List your city below, use the #FREEBASSELDAY hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks, set a goal for what you will do on this day and spread the word! For those community leaders out there like Bassel, pick an activity, a location for people in your community to meetup and make known the time for the gathering to your community. Then, let’s all have a global #FREEBASSELDAY.

The 2nd Anniversary of Syrian Uprising and #FREEBASSELDAY

If this event is successful we will #FREEBASSEL. Setup your event with an idea below, and have your community #FREEBASSEL:

✳ Update Bassel’s Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassel_Khartabil

✳ Translate Bassel’s Wikipedia entry into your own language

✳ Make our event global: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_15

✳ Make #FREEBASSEL t-shirts from the FREEBASSEL Avatar: http://freebassel.org

✳ Print out #FREEBASSEL Posters, and put them up all over your city

✳ Take pictures of your meeting raising your cups to #FREEBASSEL

✳ Create #FREEBASSEL artwork

✳ Write a #FREEBASSEL song

✳ Make a video to #FREEBASSEL, post on the web

✳ Write a blog-post or news article about #FREEBASSELDAY

✳ Release software into the public domain dedicated to #FREEBASSELDAY

✳ Release audio, video, image and texts dedicated to #FREEBASSELDAY

About #FREEBASSEL

#FREEBASSEL is a campaign to bring about the safe and immediate release of Bassel Khartabil from wrongful detainment in Syria since March 2012. He is a well known contributor to global software and culture communities like Creative Commons, Mozilla Firefox, Wikipedia, Open Clip Art Library, Fabricatorz, and Sharism. He is missed by these communities, his family, friends and loved ones. The campaign says, “We will not stop campaigning for him until we see him as a free global citizen once again.”

For more information

Organizing Page: http://freebasselday.org

Official Website: http://freebassel.org

Press Release: http://freebassel.org/events/2013/03/15/free-bassel-day/

Press Contact: info@freebassel.org

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Fabricatorz Live Chat

laoban hat from sf chinatown

[ Laoban Hat by Jon Phillips ]

We try to keep the light on by having a global live 24 hour chat on the Fabricatorz chat channel. Please join us the simple way, or the more advanced way. Join in and let’s talk projects and possibilities. Also, we can talk about the new Laoban Soundsystem hats straight off the press! (there’s an inside joke to this).

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Libre Graphics Meeting 2011 Montreal Launches Call For Participation & Fundraising Campaign

Libre Graphics Meeting 2011

Cutting edge creative tools meet free culture

May 10-13, Ecole Polytechnique Engineering School

Programmers and artists from around the world are headed to Montreal for the 6th annual Libre Graphics Meeting in May. The Libre Graphics Meeting is an annual gathering for the users and developers of free and open source creative software: artistic tools that are free for anyone to use and modify. LGM gives software developers, artists, musicians, designers and other creative professionals the opportunity to collaborate, share their work and learn from each other.

A Preview

Every year, Libre Graphics Meeting focuses on individual and group interaction, emphasizing free media and the software that produces it. This year’s attendees can expect a similar format that will include workshops, presentations, demonstrations, and birds-of-a-feather (BOF) sessions. Leading up to the conference, special lab sessions bring developers and artists face-to-face to make improvements in creative software. Gaps can form when developers and their users don’t meet face to face; LGM gives artists and educators a voice in the building of their tools. Both content creators and developers will present, bringing a diverse community together to advance the technologies and strategies of high-quality free creative software.

Submit a talk!

LGM’s strength comes from the presenters who talk about their work and inspire others by sharing their experiences, techniques, and best practices. Whether you are a developer, an artist, or an enthusiast, you can be a part of this year’s event by sharing your story and your work.

The LGM community wants to hear your proposal for a session. Submit your idea any time between now and April 1, 2011 by visiting http://create.freedesktop.org/wiki/Conference_2011/Submit_Talk

Topics of interest include: development of the applications, color standards and color management, designer and developer collaboration, web services, workflow, exchange between floss and artists, power-user techniques, and graphics business best practices.

• Proposals should have a title
• Describe your proposal in at most two paragraphs
• Include a short bio & contact informations
• Include any special technical setup you require other than radio-microphone, beamer, laser pointer, computer, network
• Talks are 30 minutes including Q&A and setup.
• Lightning talks are 5 minutes
• Tell us if you have specific date & time constraint to present your talk
• Tell us if your trip to LGM is already sponsored or if you need help from LGM to get to Montreal. In the last case, please evaluate your needs (cost of economy plane ticket for the round trip, for instance).

Help keep LGM free

Libre Graphics Meeting is an invaluable meeting ground for industry leaders and end users alike. It has also been free of charge since the very beginning — but as the open source community continues to expand, attendance keeps increasing.

Your support is a vital means for the continued success of LGM, whether you are a readers, an attendee, or simply a fan of free graphics software. Click here to make a donation: http://pledgie.com/campaigns/14610

Highlights from LGM 2010

Last year’s Libre Graphics Meeting, the fifth since the project’s inception, took place in Brussels and was highlighted by important work on open color management systems and data interchange formats. The vector graphics standard file format, SVG, headlined many of the the discussions and interaction that took place, as it has become an integral element in communicating freely created content through websites and printed pieces. All major projects represented at LGM 2010 — Scribus, Gimp, Inkscape, and Open Font Library — spent time planning activities for the months and years ahead. Other hot topics in presentations and discussions included Blender, Krita, Open Web Graphics and Services, Python, Rawstudio, and many more.

Continuing with the success of recent LGM incarnations, more attention was given to the rising numbers of professional graphics users and youth attendees. In fact, of the 51 sessions held during the 4 day extravaganza, 20 were given by creative professionals. Specific workshops were organized to engage students from art and design schools around the world. [http://lwn.net/Articles/390572/ Nathan Willis] writes of one such event:

”Denis Jacquerye, widely known from his work with the DejaVu fonts, discussed font design and features for African languages, encouraging the community to build more such fonts.”

About the Libre Graphics Meeting

The Libre Graphics Meeting exists to unite and accelerate the efforts behind Free, Libre and Open Source creative software. Organised by volunteers from the international Libre Graphics Community since 2006, this annual meeting is the premiere conference for developers, users and supporters of projects such as GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/), Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org/), Blender (http://www.blender.org/), Krita (http://koffice.org/krita/), Scribus (http://www.scribus.net/), Hugin (http://hugin.sourceforge.net/), the Open Clipart Library (http://www.openclipart.org/), and the Open Font Library (http://www.openfontlibrary.org/). At LGM, teams gather to work on interoperability, shared standards, and new ideas. Work at prior LGMs has pushed the state of the art in important areas such as color management, cross-application sharing of assets, and common formats.

For More Information

For more information, visit http://www.libregraphicsmeeting.org

Get involved by joining the Create mailinglist (http://create.freedesktop.org) or propose a talk via http://create.freedesktop.org/wiki/Conference_2011/Submit_Talk

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”LGM 2011 is hosted by the [http://create.freedesktop.org Libre Graphics Community] and Polytechnique”

Press Contact

• Sponsoring Organization: Libre Graphics Meeting and Create Project.
• Contact: Jon Phillips
• Contact email: jon@fabricatorz.com
• Phone (USA): +1.415.830.3884
• Website: http://libregraphicsmeeting.org/
• Pledgie campaign: http://pledgie.com/campaigns/14610
• Photos: http://ur1.ca/a34y

Organization Contact

• Contact: Louis Desjardins
• Contact email: louis.desjardins@gmail.com
• Phone (MONTREAL): +1.514.994.9351

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Fabricatorz: This Week (July 19-26)

The Fabricatorz team continues their forward momentum this week. Among the notable activities, highlights include: pushing out new content, delivering passionate speeches, and assisting with Community announcements.

Leading off, founder and developer of Fabricatorz, Jon Phillips, is in Brasil this weekend, as a featured speaker at FISL. Topics covered in his Keynote range from the creation of a Federated Social Web, to components of such a web, like StatusNet (for whom Jon serves as Community Director).

In other Open Source news, work continues on the Open Font Library, spearheaded by member of Fabricatorz. A big announcement is expected in the very near future, regarding the status of OFLB.

Meanwhile, it’s sister site, The Open Clip Art Library, concluded it’s month-long Logo Design Contest, as a judging panel sifted through a staggering 240+ submissions to announce hank0071 as the winning designer (with the above entry). The Fabricatorz Team congratulates OCAL for an astonishing contest turnout!

Work continues on Open Clip Art Library’s next official Release. Users of the site who are eager to participate in the coming event are encouraged to submit sports-related clip art, tagging the new work with the key word “sports2010“.

Be sure to check in, next week, for updates on these and other goings on at Fabricatorz.com!

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Laoban Soundsystem 2.0 Naked in the Studio: Almost Done!

Laoban half-stack in the factory

Matt and Lujia are down in Guangzhou checking out the progress of Laoban. The project is almost complete. It really just needs the final sponsors to come through, get the lovely chinese broken ice grills, then it will be on a shipment up to Beijing!

The following image is a bit big, but shows the size of half of the stack. Note, there are two columns to the Laoban 2.0. We can of course make more on-demand.

Laoban getting stacked

Remember the original plans.

Laoban Soundsystem 2.0

You can see that the images above are only half of the full stack, and that stack doesn’t have the grillz on the front of the case.

This project in distance fabrication has gone quite well. All the sponsors I think will be quite happy, especially once we start doing events with the Laoban. New sponsors and event promoters please do contact us.

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WorldLabel: The Future of Tagging

We’re happy to announce the launch of the new worldlabel.com. It’s been a long road, involving the conversion of thousands of old html pages and images into HTML5, CSS2/3, and the building of a makefile-based static file generation software called makestatic—but it’s finally complete! Now that the label behemoth is more streamlined, it’s time to get your label on. This is the Future of Tagging!

WorldLabel Press Release

Worldlabel.com (Peekskill, NY), October 9, 2012—WorldLabel, the preeminent label manufacturer and distributor, is pleased to announce the launch of their new website and branding identity. Created by Fabricatorz, a global software and hardware production company, the new worldlabel.com incorporates the latest in website technology, including HTML5 and makestatic software. The updates make for faster navigation, easier browsing and a fresh clean look—essentials when considering the breadth and depth of WorldLabel’s products.

In addition to the technological overhaul, WorldLabel’s visual identity has also received a refreshing upgrade. The new logo, designed by NYC-based new media company 360w3.com, represents a “flat world” that appears like a label, partially peeled. Its retro design and feel is striking, bold and—given its vintage look—surprisingly contemporary.

Part and parcel to keeping things fresh is something Fabricatorz founder Jon Phillips noticed when working on updates to the website. “The new site, with its tech and design updates, makes everything more accessible,” said Phillips. “WorldLabel.com is a successful business built up with very simple technology. Now, with the update to HTML5, and using Fabricatorz makestatic technology, thousands of pages have been converted to a contemporary, lighter technology.”

“This really opened my eyes to parts of WorldLabel’s offerings that I never considered before,” Phillips said. This just goes to show how crucial design is when it comes to visibility. For instance, all of a sudden I noticed that WorldLabel carries RFID chips, something I didn’t realize on the previous site because it was way too complicated, visually and otherwise. All this got me thinking about RFID as the future of tagging because RFID enables automated shipping and inventory, and is included in all the smart cards used in transit systems, credit cards, and so on. It’s literally the future of tagging!”

“We were definitely ready to reset our image with both a great new logo and an awesome new website,” said Russell Ossendryver, CEO of WorldLabel Holdings Inc. “We concentrated totally on designing a site for the user base—we want to give our customers the best user experience possible. We’re very excited, and with this new branding initiative, along with our upgraded web technology, we are more than ready to give our customers better service. This will also allow us to continue to grow our markets at an even faster pace.”

With WorldLabel’s products now coupled with top-notch technology and a fresh face, it’s time to start tagging, like Phillips suggests, for the future.

About WorldLabel

Founded in 1998, WorldLabel Holdings Inc (Peekskill, NY) (http://www.worldlabel.com) is a label manufacturer of PrintPeelApply™ Blank Label Sheets for multifunctional labeling applications including address, mailing, shipping, CD and media labeling, as well as general business office labeling requirements. Our labels are designed to format with label templates you are currently using in your popular label software and templates sizes, Windows® Mac® and Linux programs.

About Fabricatorz

Fabricatorz (http://fabricatorz.com) is global production company that makes successful projects from start to finish with major companies, startups and small businesses. They specialize in the development of software, hardware, and community-building based on the philosophy of Sharism (http://sharism.org).

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For more information, please contact
Russell Ossendryver, CEO
WorldLabel
104 South Division Street, Suite 4A
Peekskill, NY 10566
USA
T +1(877) 955-2235
contact@worldlabel.com

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Artists at Laoban Soundsystem 1.0 Beijing

A couple more artists are now a part of the event tomorrow night, Friday, December 12 from 8-12 at CPU798 in Beijing, including Xu Tao and video artist Cai Kai:

We want new people to come out to this event each time we do it and feel free to mix into the media and social situations of Laoban events. The event is not a party nor art show, but more a context for interaction, testing out ideas, and discovery. And remember, art shows (or rather the people that attend them) possibly might hate low-end bass and partygoers into cutting edge music don’t have too much time for treble, discussion, wine and cheese — both love to have a drink, consume, produce media and co-locate together.

Come on out and get out of the cold! We invite you to come mix into the event, learn how to build your own Laoban Soundsystem and meet a lot of HQ people.

Also, a big thanks to those who have given this a good response and Ed from CPU:798 who is hosting the event. Buy art from them!

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RMBCity Website Relaunched

screenshot-rmbcity-latest

RMBCity.com hired us to retrofit their old site with some funky internals. We rebuilt the site with wordpress, kept the look and feel of the original site mostly, connected up analytics, and generally made the site more web-functional for the future. Check it out! We can do the same for you — hire us!

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Libre Graphics Meeting Announces 2010 Program

For Immediate Release:

Libre Graphics Meeting announces the immediate availability of the full schedule of talks, workshops, demo sessions, and birds-of-a-feather meetings (BOFs) for LGM 2010, to be held at De Pianofabriek in Brussels, Belgium, May 27-30.

As it has for the past five years, LGM 2010’s planned sessions include status reports from the major components of the open source graphics suite: the Gimp, Krita, Inkscape, Blender, Scribus, the Open Clip Art Library, and the Open Font Library. Talks include cross-application collaboration topics such as color standards and fonts, and support for critical file formats ranging from SVG vector graphics to AutoCAD DWG.

LGM 2010 will also put real-world application of open source graphics on the agenda, including several talks from professional graphic designers, print publishers, educators, typographers, and professional design mentors.
In addition to the main program track, teams will host hands-on workshops demoing Blender, Scribus, Phatch, Inkscape, and type-design. BOFs are scheduled around OpenRaster, swatch formats, fonts, and color management, as well as team meetings for the Gimp and Blender projects and professional graphic designers.

This year’s LGM will mark the debut of new releases from Inkscape, sK1, LittleCMS, Open Font Library, and the premiere screening of the trailer for the Blender Foundation’s Project Durian animated movie, Sintel.

To Read the Full Press Release see here

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Source Code Updated + Big ResourceSpace Code Contribution

I helped one of the #illiboyz, Pete Ippel, setup the Fabricatorz Project Management code yesterday, and remembered I added to a few more sites. The documentation is updated for this. If you like the way Projects are structured on this site, its a good system for adding a nice visible way to look at projects quickly throught wordpress. Please try it out and let me know your thoughts, and/or submit patches.

In other news, I just sent off a big patch for ResourceSpace. Thanks to EyeBallNYC for supporting this developement for their own uses, which benefits the larger community. To RS crew, hopefully you will accept all these patches, provide me SVN access, and lets keep making ResourceSpace better!

Attached is the patch, the feedback.php page (must save as, and rename .php) necessary for the latest subversion trunk of resourcespace, and a readme as a text file.

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The Autonomo.us Project 2011

LGM Nerve Center

Over at my personal site I posted about a project that is a core philosophy of the Fabricatorz team. We build free network services. That doesn’t mean we give away client’s data or property, but we use free and open source software to make successful projects. Its a decision we made, and it sets us apart from other labs and shops that are more like blackwater for development.

autonomo.us logo by mray

Check out the Autonomo.us Project. Fabricatorz friend MRAY designed the super-statue-of-liberty-esque logo.

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分享主义 (Sharism) in 2010

We’ve had a big year for 分享主义. I took some time these past few holladaze to collect together links in English and Chinese about Sharism Forum and our new Sharism Presents events for the collection of history. Also, please check out the quick sharism presentation now live at sharism.org. Here’s to a big year of SHARISM in 2.0.11. Cheers!

Sharism Presents Hong Kong

Sharism Presents Singapore

Sharism Presents Montreal

Sharism Japan

Sharism at CC Korea

Random Posts about Sharism

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Fabricatorz Weekly Update (07/07/10)

It’s been another busy week at Fabricatorz and here are just some of the latest goings-on:

LGM follow-up and updates

  • Fabricatorz donated the rest to push the Libre Graphics Meeting pledge drive over the top (by $1!)
  • As noted in many places, our great friend Kaveh has uploaded all the videos from LGM2010 Conference – you can find them all online here.
  • Nicu, the original designer of the rejon avatar, wrote a nice post about LGM2010, you can read here.
  • Inkscape is about to release 0.48! Please help out by testing it!
  • The Open Font Library submitted an app for the Creative Commons Catalyst grant! Go Dave and crew!

Open Clip Art Library updates

Qi Hardware updates

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Fabricatorz Presentations at FISL12

milkymist one greenish

I will be speaking about Fabricatorz projects at FISL12 in Brazil. Come find me if you will be there! Let’s talk projects!

Here are the summaries of my talks from the FISL12 schedule:

Open Educational Resources Roundtable, AcaWiki: The Wikipedia of Academic Research
Thursday, June 30, 2011 @ 3 PM
Recursos Educacionais Abertos – REA
41-A fisl 1, 351 lugares

Qi Hardware Introduces: The Milkymist One Video Synthesizer
Saturday, July 2, 2011 @ 1 PM
40-T fisl 0, 536 lugares

Building Open Clip Art Library and Open Font Library with Aiki Framework
Saturday, July 2, 2011 @ 5 PM
41-A fisl 1, 351 lugares

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Join the Open Font Library: Revolutionary Ideas In Typography

Fabricatorz is proud to announce a vastly overhauled Open Font Library. The new site is designed by Manufactura Independente, implemented by Brad Phillips, and utilizes Aiki Framework at it’s core. All of these upgrades combine to make typographic processes fast and simple.

Open Font Library Screen Capture

Have you ever hit a hurdle in your design phase, not had the money to pay for the font you wanted? Those days are over. With Open Font Library, new fonts are free of cost, easily redistributed, and can instantly be utilizied to achive your design goals. Now this doesn’t just apply to those using typography to create print documents on your local machine. Open Font Library provides the functionality to produce engaging web documents by simply linking directly to the Open Font Library server and adding a code snippet to your web document.

For example, if you want to use News Cycle designed by Nathan Willis add the following code to the head of your html page:

Now you can use this font in your css file. Here is an example of a paragraph set in News Cycle regular:

p {
font-family: 'News Cycle';
font-weight: normal;
font-style: normal;
}

In addition to the ease of font downloading and font linking, Open Font Library creates a community around typography. Font designers, contributers, and enthusiasts will all recieve feedback directly from the users. This benefits everyone in that the formerly mystical font creation workflow is outlined in the guidebook section. Learn about typography’s rich history, how to create your own font, and remix your own in this comprehensive section.

Curation is also provided by active librarians who insure content is respectful and of the highest quality.

Thank you for using these new tools and please share with your friends. Updates will be streaming to Twitter and Facebook in addition to http://openfontlibrary.org, so you can follow updates in real time, regardless of where you spend your time online.

Help us get the word out on Open Font Library, and we’ll see you soon!

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Fabricatorz 50/50

I’ve tuned the language about Fabricatorz on the about page to make it clear we are a company that does both our own projects and for-hire contracts:

The Fabricatorz is an “open” production company that creates projects 50% of the time internally and then takes on external projects the other 50% of the time. We specialize in Open Source Software, Creative Commons licenses/technology, growing on-line and off-line communities in San Francisco and China.

The company builds upon the current roster of fabricatorz’ skillsets. The company currently consists of Jon Phillips with 14+ years of experience in new media production, the software industry, building communities and free/open software development. Lu Fang brings her design and localization skills bridging the English and Chinese languages. Then, newcomer Brad Phillips delivers with his general production magic and a specific skillset in mobile development, 3D design and virtual reality production. The company has offices in San Francisco, Guangzhou and Beijing in order to serve as local interface for many forms of creative production. In these locations the team scales with new employees, adapting to each project.

For a listing of all projects, both active and completed, please see the /projects section of the site. Here are some of the services we do:

  • International On-line and Off-line Community Building
  • Website Programming, Design and Development
  • Software Design, Development, and Management
  • Open Source + GNU/Linux Software Development
  • Open Content (Creative Commons-based projects)
  • International Business Development
  • Video + Audio Production
  • 3D + Virtual Reality Production
  • Translation/Internationalization with emphasis on English and Chinese languages
  • Conversion from closed to open source development model
  • Object production: Interface with Chinese production companies

Contact us if you need the Fabricatorz.

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