FabriCamp Lx1: The Report

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[PT] O Fabri­Camp Lx1 foi exce­len­te. Mui­to obri­ga­do a todos os par­ti­ci­pan­tes, ora­do­res e ope­ra­do­res de máqui­nas, pelo dia tão diver­ti­do que nos pro­por­ci­o­na­ram. Obri­ga­do tam­bém ao Pavi­lhão do Conhe­ci­men­to e a Ciên­cia Viva, por tão calo­ro­so e pres­tá­vel aco­lhi­men­to – mais do que isto não podía­mos pedir.

[EN] Fabri­Camp Lx1 was gre­at. Many thanks to all the par­ti­ci­pants, spe­a­kers and machi­ne ope­ra­tors for making it such a fun day. Thank you also to Pavi­lhão do Conhe­ci­men­to and Ciên­cia Viva for being the most wel­co­ming and help­ful hosts we could wish for.

[PT] Par­ti­ci­pa­ram no Fabri­Camp cer­ca de 130 pes­so­as, e duran­te todo o dia, sem uma falha­zi­nha que fos­se, as máqui­nas de fabri­ca­ção digi­tal impri­mi­ram em 3D e fre­sa­ram. E a ver­da­de é que alguns mem­bros do altLab con­se­gui­ram fazer pro­gres­sos numa mini-Men­del modi­fi­ca­da e repa­rar logo ali a Maker­Bot da Facul­da­de de Arqui­tec­tu­ra.

[EN] Around 130 peo­ple par­ti­ci­pa­ted and the digi­tal fabri­ca­ti­on machi­nes 3D prin­ted, fros­tru­ded and mil­led all day without a glit­ch. In fact, some altLab mem­bers even mana­ged to make some pro­gress on a modi­fi­ed mini Men­del and to fix the Col­le­ge of Architecture’s Maker­Bot on the spot.

 

[PT] As pales­tras foram dos momen­tos altos do even­to.

Os mem­bros da direc­ção da AZ Labs Network – Ricar­do Lobo, Pedro Ânge­lo, Tia­go Ser­ra, Cata­ri­na Mota e eu pró­prio –, fala­ram da orga­ni­za­ção, dos três labo­ra­tó­ri­os, da Fabri­Cul­tu­re e de novos pro­jec­tos empol­gan­tes, como as Resi­dên­ci­as AZ e a nos­sa par­ti­ci­pa­ção na Gui­ma­rães – Capi­tal Euro­peia da Cul­tu­ra 2012.

Fili­pe Mar­tins tem um mes­tra­do em Design de Pro­du­tos em Bio­po­lí­me­ros e tem vin­do a explo­rar a sus­ten­ta­bi­li­da­de em pro­ces­sos, tec­no­lo­gi­as e mate­ri­ais. Deu uma pales­tra inti­tu­la­da “Design para Auto­no­mia Mate­ri­al”, onde tra­tou de pro­ces­sos para cri­ar­mos os nos­sos pró­pri­os mate­ri­ais de fabri­ca­ção, e de for­mas para depois os tra­tar­mos, no fim do ciclo de vida dos pro­du­tos.

Tia­go Ror­ke é for­ma­do em Design Indus­tri­al e, com Greg Saul, cri­ou o Dia­tom Stu­dio (dedi­ca­do a explo­rar as pos­si­bi­li­da­de da fabri­ca­ção digi­tal, para dar aos uti­li­za­do­res finais um papel no pro­ces­so de design). Falou sobre a Sket­ch­Chair, um sis­te­ma em desen­vol­vi­men­to para cri­ar uma fer­ra­men­ta de soft­ware livre, open sour­ce, com que qual­quer pes­soa pode­rá facil­men­te dese­nhar e cons­truir mobi­liá­rio de fabri­ca­ção digi­tal.

Vas­co Por­tu­gal, que no âmbi­to da sua tese de dou­to­ra­men­to no pro­gra­ma MIT|Portugal tem explo­ra­do for­mas de alcan­çar um desen­vol­vi­men­to sus­ten­tá­vel, falou sobre as ori­gens e a evo­lu­ção dos FabLabs, e tam­bém do pro­jec­to que tem em cur­so – um “sis­te­ma gera­dor-de-for­mas-arqui­tec­tó­ni­cas para enge­nha­ria de areia atra­vés de cimen­ta­ção indu­zi­da por via micro­bi­o­ló­gi­ca”.

Mais infor­ma­ções sobre as pales­tras, aqui. E mui­tas fotos, aqui:
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Pho­tos by Pau­lo Rodri­gues and Tia­go Ser­ra

[EN] The talks were some of the best moments of the event.

Mem­bers of the AZ Labs Network board of direc­tors Ricar­do Lobo, Pedro Ânge­lo, Tia­go Ser­ra, Cata­ri­na Mota and myself tal­ked about the orga­ni­za­ti­on, the three labs, Fabri­Cul­tu­re and a few new and exci­ting pro­jects such as the AZ Resi­dency and our par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in Gui­ma­rães Capi­tal of Cul­tu­re.

Fili­pe Mar­tins, who has an MS in Pro­duct Design in Bio­poly­mers and has been explo­ring sus­tai­na­bi­lity in pro­ces­ses, tech­no­lo­gi­es and mate­ri­als, gave a talk titled Design for Mate­ri­al Auto­nomy focu­sed on pro­ces­ses to cre­a­te your own fabri­ca­ti­on mate­ri­als as well as dis­po­se of them at the end of a product’s life cycle.

Tia­go Ror­ke, who has a degree in indus­tri­al design and together with Greg Saul for­med Dia­tom Stu­dio (with the goal of explo­ring the pos­si­bi­li­ti­es of digi­tal fabri­ca­ti­on to give end users a role in the design pro­cess), tal­ked about Sket­ch­Chair, a work-in-pro­gress sys­tem to cre­a­te a free, open-sour­ce soft­ware tool that will allow anyo­ne to easily design and build their own digi­tally fabri­ca­ted fur­ni­tu­re.

Vas­co Por­tu­gal, who is explo­ring ways to achi­e­ve sus­tai­na­ble deve­lop­ment whi­le wor­king on his PhD the­sis at the MIT|Portugal Pro­gram, tal­ked about the ori­gins and evo­lu­ti­on of Fab Labs as well his work-in-pro­gress pro­ject “archi­tec­tu­ral-form-gene­ra­tor sys­tem to engi­ne­er sand through micro­bi­ally indu­ced cemen­ta­ti­on.”

More details about each of the talks here. And lots of pho­tos here:
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Pho­tos by Pau­lo Rodri­gues and Tia­go Ser­ra

 

[PT] Uma vez que se tra­tou do nos­so pri­mei­ro Fabri­Camp, apren­de­mos coi­sas impor­tan­tes para melho­rar os encon­tros futu­ros. Se algum par­ti­ci­pan­te tiver pro­pos­tas para alte­ra­ções e melho­ri­as que nos quei­ra apre­sen­tar, pode usar a cai­xa de comen­tá­ri­os aqui abai­xo. O Fabri­Camp Por­to e o Fabri­Camp Coim­bra serão pro­va­vel­men­te os pró­xi­mos, mas quem não viver em nenhu­ma des­tas cida­des e qui­ser orga­ni­zar um Fabri­Camp, infor­me-nos da inten­ção, que nós dare­mos toda a aju­da que esti­ver ao nos­so alcan­ce.

Por fim, gos­ta­ría­mos de agra­de­cer a todos os ele­men­tos da gran­de equi­pa que aju­dou a pôr em pé este even­to: Os mem­bros da AZ Labs Network e a toda a equi­pa do Pavi­lhão do Conhe­ci­men­to.

[EN] Sin­ce this was our first Fabri­Camp we also lear­ned some impor­tant les­sons on how to make futu­re gathe­rings bet­ter. If any of the par­ti­ci­pants have sug­ges­ti­ons for chan­ges and impro­ve­ments, ple­a­se use the com­ments form below to tell us about your ide­as. Fabri­Camp Por­to and Fabri­Camp Coim­bra will likely be next, but if you don’t live in any of the­se citi­es and would like to host one, let us know, we will pro­vi­de you with all the assis­tan­ce we can.

Finally, we must thank all the ele­ments of the gre­at team that hel­ped put this event together: AZ Labs Network mem­bers and the Pavi­lhão do Conhe­ci­men­to team.



FabriCamp Lx1 Talks

April 3rd 2011 | 3 de Abril de 2011 @ Pavi­lhão do Conhe­ci­men­to

 


AZ Labs Network Team

Topic:
AZ Labs

Abs­tract:
The AZ Labs Network is a col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve network of por­tu­gue­se medialabs/hackerspaces hos­ted by the Audi­ên­cia Zero cul­tu­ral asso­ci­a­ti­on. It is com­pri­sed of altLab in Lis­bon, LCD in Por­to and xDA in Coim­bra. This talk will pre­sent the network, its labs, ongoing pro­jects and futu­re plans.


Ricar­do Lobo: Pre­si­dent of the AZ Labs Network and co-foun­der of LCD. Back­ground on poli­ti­cal phi­lo­sophy and poli­ti­cal sci­en­ce. Pre­sen­tly studying Digi­tal Art at Uni­ver­sity of Minho.

Cata­ri­na Mota: cofoun­der of altLab and of openMaterials.org, board mem­ber of the AZ Labs Network, PhD can­di­da­te at FCSH-UNL (with a scho­larship from FCT-MCTES under the UTAustin|Portugal pro­to­col), and visi­ting scho­lar at ITP-NYU.

Mau­rí­cio Mar­tins: chair of altLab, mem­ber of the AZ Labs Network board of direc­tors. Has a back­ground in elec­tro­nics and video pro­duc­ti­on. As a tin­ke­rer deve­lops phy­si­cal com­pu­ting and inte­rac­ti­ve inter­fa­ces pro­jects.

Pedro Ânge­lo: inte­rac­ti­ve software+hardware rese­ar­cher at Enga­ge­Lab, Digi­tal Art Master’s stu­dent at Uni­ver­sity of Minho, cofoun­der of Blen­der-PT and Por­to­Li­nux, cofoun­der and chair of LCD, mem­ber of the AZ Labs Network board of direc­tors.

Tia­go Ser­ra: cofoun­der and chair of xDA, mem­ber of the AZ Labs Network board of direc­tors. Entre­pe­neur, Engi­ne­er and Desig­ner at Sen­se­Blo­om.



Catarina Mota

Web­si­te |  Twit­ter

Topic:
Fabri­Cul­tu­re

Abs­tract:
Over­vi­ew of the open sour­ce digi­tal fabri­ca­ti­on pano­ra­ma and intro­duc­ti­on of the Fabri­Cul­tu­re pro­ject.


Cata­ri­na Mota is cofoun­der of altLab and of openMaterials.org, board mem­ber of the AZ Labs Network, PhD can­di­da­te at FCSH-UNL (with a scho­larship from FCT-MCTES under the UTAustin|Portugal pro­to­col), and visi­ting scho­lar at ITP-NYU.



Filipe Miguel Martins

Topic:
Design for Mate­ri­al Auto­nomy

Abs­tract:
Bio­poly­mers are now a growing family of mate­ri­als that chan­ges the sour­ce of the mate­ri­al, as well as other aspects of the mate­ri­als life-cycle. As in the past times, when peo­ple pro­du­ced the mate­ri­als they nee­ded for the objects they built, so today we can pro­du­ce plas­tics to be injec­ted in 3D prin­ters. Though this is still in the fields of the­ory, it’s deve­lop­ment would incre­a­se the auto­nomy of the con­su­mer in the most part of the sta­ges of the design and pro­duc­ti­on pro­cess, when inter-rela­ted with RepRap prin­ters and 3d model­ling soft­ware.


I’m a gra­du­a­te in Pro­duct Design by the FA-UTL, with a mas­ter of Pro­duct Design in Bio­poly­mers by the same uni­ver­sity. In the last few years i’ve been in tou­ch with sus­tai­na­bi­lity in pro­ces­ses, tech­no­lo­gi­es and mate­ri­als, as well as arts and agri­cul­tu­re, and the way the­se things influ­en­ce our life-sty­le and beha­vi­our.



Vasco Portugal

Topic:
ARCHITECTURAL-FORM-GENERATOR SYSTEM TO ENGINEER SAND THROUGH MICROBIALLY INDUCED CEMENTATION

Abs­tract:
This rese­ar­ch focu­ses on desig­ning an archi­tec­tu­ral-form-gene­ra­tor sys­tem able to deal with natu­ral mat­ter and living micro-orga­nisms to pro­du­ce archi­tec­tu­ral out­co­mes without hur­ting the envi­ron­ment. In doing so, it explo­res the pos­si­bi­li­ti­es of MICP (Micro­bi­ally Indu­ced Cal­ci­te Pre­ci­pi­ta­ti­on), whi­ch is a bio­mi­ne­ra­li­za­ti­on pro­cess appli­ed to impro­ve the engi­ne­e­ring pro­per­ti­es of gra­nu­lar struc­tu­res like sand. MICP uses popu­la­ti­ons of bac­te­ria (Bacil­lus Pas­teu­rii) that cement sand in a growth medium amen­ded with urea and dis­sol­ved cal­cium sour­ce. This method can be used to impro­ve soil sta­bi­lity, to heal con­cre­te cracks, to build roads and paths, to res­to­re monu­ments, or to trans­form sand into sands­to­ne to gene­ra­te 3D struc­tu­res.
The archi­tec­tu­ral-form-gene­ra­tor sys­tem con­sists of a robot that is able to mani­pu­la­te sand and inject a mix­tu­re of bac­te­ria, urea, cal­cium chlo­ri­de and water into it, to gene­ra­te an archi­tec­tu­ral out­co­me. The robot has a spe­ci­fic morpho­logy that allows it to move on gra­nu­lar grounds and to admi­nis­tra­te the mix­tu­re. It is pro­gram­med with a script that defi­nes the tra­jec­tory it has to fol­low to gene­ra­te an archi­tec­tu­ral sha­pe. If the script is modi­fi­ed, the robot gene­ra­tes a dif­fe­rent for­mal out­co­me. It works like a 3D prin­ter that uses bac­te­ria ins­te­ad of resin to bind the grains together, gene­ra­ting the struc­tu­re by layers. Hen­ce the aim of this pro­ject is not to design a sha­pe but a set of rules and pro­to­cols to gene­ra­te it, in such a way that the robot would be able to pro­du­ce sur­fa­ce-like out­co­mes: paths, roads, volu­me-like ones: shel­ters, hou­ses, walls, or even inject the mix­tu­re into pre-exis­tent struc­tu­res to heal them.


Vas­co Por­tu­gal stu­di­ed Archi­tec­tu­re Design at the FAUTL in Lis­bon and Advan­ced Archi­tec­tu­re at IaaC-UPC in Bar­ce­lo­na recei­ving is diplo­ma in 2006. During his under­gra­du­a­te years in the Lis­bon Archi­tec­tu­re Uni­ver­sity he car­ry out three years of stu­di­es in Ani­ma­ti­on and Direc­ting in the audi­o­vi­su­al Scho­ol RESTART and in one of the most pres­ti­gi­ous Por­tu­gue­se art Ins­ti­tu­ti­ons, The Gul­ben­ki­an Foun­da­ti­on part­ne­ring with the pres­ti­gi­ous Fren­ch ani­ma­ti­on Scho­ol SUPIMFOCOM.
After gra­du­a­ting he moved to Italy whe­re he wor­ked from 2006 to 2007 at Mas­si­mi­li­a­no Fuk­sas stu­dio in Rome desig­ning mul­ti­ple sca­le buil­dings all over the world. In 2008 left to Bar­ce­lo­na col­la­bo­ra­ting as a fre­e­lan­cer for a num­ber of archi­tec­tu­re stu­di­os whi­le con­clu­ding is mas­ter in Self suf­fi­ci­ent habi­tats and Digi­tal Tec­to­nics at IaaC. During his stu­di­es he grows an inte­rest in soci­al, cul­tu­ral and huma­ni­ta­ri­an design and digi­tal fabri­ca­ti­on. His mas­ter the­sis focu­sed on soci­al hou­sing for a deve­lo­ping Roma­nia through pas­si­ve design struc­tu­red accor­ding to a pre-set num­ber of rules of colo­ni­zing spa­ce.
Sub­se­quen­tly in 2009 wor­ked for Juli­en de Smedt Stu­dio and ADEPT archi­tec­tu­re in Cope­nha­gen addres­sing sus­tai­na­bi­lity out­co­mes in the lar­gest part of the pro­jects to pro­mo­te sus­tai­na­ble plan­ning, miti­ga­ting our car­bon foot­print.
Pre­sen­tly is dee­ply com­mit­ted to explo­ring how to achi­e­ve sus­tai­na­ble deve­lop­ment whi­le wor­king on his PhD the­sis at MIT(Massachusetts Ins­ti­tu­te of Tech­no­logy) Por­tu­gal Pro­gram – with the cus­tody of Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­sity of Lis­bon (Ins­ti­tu­to Supe­ri­or Téc­ni­co, IST, and Ins­ti­tu­to Supe­ri­or de Eco­no­mia e Ges­tão, ISEG).
Vasco’s PhD rese­ar­ch is an inves­ti­ga­ti­on of the sus­tai­na­bi­lity of slum upgra­ding and rese­ar­ch in sus­tai­na­ble deve­lop­ment of infras­truc­tu­re in poor envi­ron­ments and par­ti­cu­larly in deve­lo­ping coun­tri­es. Pre­sen­tly he is tea­ching digi­tal fabri­ca­ti­on at IST fab lab.
His work spans many dis­ci­pli­nes, inclu­ding Archi­tec­tu­re, mate­ri­als, fabri­ca­ti­on, and con­ver­gent goods. The lin­king thre­ad in the­se pro­jects is empathy for con­cep­tu­al thin­king and a pro­found care for soci­al issu­es, trans­la­ting intan­gi­ble pro­jects into actu­al solu­ti­ons.



Tiago Rorke

Topic:
Sket­ch­Chair: Open Sour­ce DIY Fur­ni­tu­re

Abs­tract:
Sket­ch­Chair is a work in pro­gress towards a free, open-sour­ce soft­ware tool that will allow anyo­ne to easily design and build their own digi­tally fabri­ca­ted fur­ni­tu­re. By let­ting users uplo­ad and sha­re chairs they have cre­a­ted, could designs evol­ve as they are con­ti­nu­ally refi­ned and modi­fi­ed by a com­mu­nity of peo­ple? This could, we hope, pro­vi­de a resour­ce like an open-sour­ce Ikea sto­re, fil­led with cus­to­mi­sa­ble pro­ducts.


Tia­go Ror­ke gra­du­a­ted from the indus­tri­al design pro­gram at Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity of Wel­ling­ton, New Zea­land. Together him and his col­le­gue Greg Saul have for­med Dia­tom Stu­dio, with the goal of explo­ring the pos­si­bi­li­ti­es of digi­tal fabri­ca­ti­on to give end users a role in the design pro­cess.