AZ Labs Hackmeet

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On Decem­ber 12 and 13 we’ll hold the first big mee­ting of AZ’s 3 labs: LCD, altLab, and xDA. We’ll all get together in Por­to, at AZ’s head­quar­ters, for 2 days of cre­a­ti­ve and fun hac­king. The main goals for this hack­me­et are to sha­re kno­wled­ge, explo­re syner­gi­es, col­la­bo­ra­te, rese­ar­ch, and… (of cour­se) hang out!

Lab mem­bers are cur­ren­tly for­ming work groups around topics such as: elec­tro­nics and phy­si­cal com­pu­ting, robo­tics, smart mate­ri­als, soft cir­cuits, mul­ti­tou­ch inter­fa­ces, hard­ware recy­cling, com­pu­ter visi­on, and infor­ma­ti­on visu­a­li­za­ti­on.

AZ’s hack­me­et is mos­tly meant for lab mem­bers, but others are also wel­co­me to join in pro­vi­ded we have enough spots left.

Regis­ter here

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Nos dias 12 e 13 de Dezem­bro os mem­bros dos três labo­ra­tó­ri­os AZ (LCD, AltLab e xDA) orga­ni­zam a pri­mei­ra gran­de reu­nião de explo­ra­ção cri­a­ti­va e tec­no­ló­gi­ca sem fron­tei­ras.

Este encon­tro é des­ti­na­do, antes de mais, aos actu­ais mem­bros dos labo­ra­tó­ri­os, mas par­ti­ci­pan­tes exter­nos são bem-vin­dos, des­de que as vagas exis­ten­tes assim o per­mi­tam.

Duran­te este fim-de-sema­na serão cri­a­dos gru­pos dedi­ca­dos às múl­ti­plas áre­as em explo­ra­ção na asso­ci­a­ção: elec­tró­ni­ca e com­pu­ta­ção físi­ca, robó­ti­ca, mate­ri­ais inte­li­gen­tes, inter­fa­ces mul­ti­to­que, reci­cla­gem de hard­ware, visão por com­pu­ta­dor, visu­a­li­za­ção de infor­ma­ção, etc…

O objec­ti­vo é a tro­ca de conhe­ci­men­to, explo­ra­ção de novas siner­gi­as entre áre­as, cri­a­ção cola­bo­ra­ti­va, pes­qui­sa e inves­ti­ga­ção… e cla­ro, con­ví­vio. Liber­da­de total, para tudo ou nada fazer.

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AZ — Makerbot workshop

News report from the fore­front of ubber geek­ness ^^ No we didn´t laun­ch a DIY open sour­ce spa­ce-sta­ti­on,.. just yet. What we did do is assem­ble 2 Cup­ca­ke CNC´s from Maker­bot Indus­tri­es.

News report from the fore­front of ubber geek­ness ^^

No we didn´t laun­ch a DIY open sour­ce spa­ce-sta­ti­on,.. just yet. What we did do is assem­ble 2 Cup­ca­ke CNC´s from Maker­bot Indus­tri­es. Maker­Bot Indus­tri­es is a Bro­o­klyn NY based com­pany, foun­ded in Janu­ary 2009 by Bre Pet­tis, Adam Mayer, and Zach Hoe­ken. It´s a very young com­pany inde­ed, and they must be one of the few com­pa­ni­es based enti­rely on open sour­ce hard­ware. Now, what is the Maker­bot Cup­ca­ke CNC ? It´s an open sour­ce 3D prin­ter rapid pro­toty­ping machi­ne. It´s a cute lit­tle machi­ne that fits on your desk­top and unli­ke a nor­mal prin­ter that only prints in 2d on flat paper, this one prints true phy­si­cal objects in ABS plas­tic. It´s a robot that makes things ! How does this work ? You design your thing in 3d soft­ware, send it to the Maker­bot Cup­ca­ke and some time later your thing exists for real, in real plas­tic, strong and dura­ble !

A white and black role of 3 mm filament ABS plastic.
A whi­te and black role of 3 mm fila­ment ABS plas­tic.

Some of you pro desig­ners out the­re might say, well the­re is nothing new about this, rapid pro­toty­ping machi­nes have been around for some time now, yes you are right, but until recen­tly the­se type of machi­nes whe­re pro­pri­e­tary and very expen­si­ve with pri­ces ran­ging from 20.000 € and upwards and cer­tainly didn´t fit on your desk­top. This was true until Dr Adri­an Bowyer, a Seni­or Lec­tu­rer in mecha­ni­cal engi­ne­e­ring at the Uni­ver­sity of Bath in the Uni­ted King­dom, foun­ded and inven­ted the RepRap Pro­ject. As it hap­pens, Dr Adri­an Bowyer is one of the seed inves­tors of Maker­bot Indus­tri­es. DIY open sour­ce rapid pro­toty­ping for the mas­ses was born. Now you can have your own machi­ne for less then 700€, or even less if you recy­cle some motors from old prin­ters and you´re handy enough to saw some plywo­od into a nice loo­king box. Being the geeks we are, we had to have one of tho­se machi­nes, so many times whi­le wor­king on pro­jects we wished we could make a moun­ting brac­ket for this, or a sup­port that could hold that, or that we could just have this cool figu­re we mode­led in 3d soft­ware for real to show it off to our fri­ends or offer as a gift to our belo­ved ones. The need was cle­arly the­re, and what bet­ter way to ful­fill that need then invi­ting one of the foun­ders and inven­tors of Maker­bot, Mr. Zach Hoe­ken to host a 2 week workshop on buil­ding and using a Maker­bot Cup­ca­ke CNC.

Zach explaining how the Plastruder MK4 works.
Zach explai­ning how the Plas­tru­der MK4 works.

We were very lucky in fin­ding just the right pla­ce to hold the workshop the “Facul­da­de Arqui­tec­tu­ra — UTL” in Lis­bon, a cen­tral loca­ti­on and thus easily acces­si­ble to par­ti­ci­pants coming from all over Por­tu­gal, we even had the visit of a proud Maker­bot owner from Spain. Besi­des it´s ide­al loca­ti­on, we had gre­at sup­port from the local Pro­fes­sors who par­ti­ci­pa­ted in the workshop, it was gre­at to wit­ness their moti­va­ti­on and dedi­ca­ti­on to the pro­ject.

Working hard assembling the Makerbots.
Wor­king hard assem­bling the Maker­bots.

Thanks to Mr. Zach´s pati­ent gui­dan­ce and extre­me kno­wled­ge, it took us only 8 hours to build the 2 machi­nes. Zach divi­ded us into 2 groups per machi­ne, the machi­ne con­sists of 2 main parts , the casing that holds the 3 moving axis X Y and Z and the elec­tro­nics to dri­ve them, the other main part is the extru­der aka the “Plas­tru­der MK4″, this is the bit that will pull the 3mm ABS fila­ment and heat it up to 220 °C, this guy is the ‘printhe­ad’ for your Maker­bot, It has a beefy motor. This is also the same extru­der that you would use for a RepRap machi­ne and was deve­lo­ped by Maker­bot Indus­tri­es as a part of the RepRap pro­ject. As if by magic the groups wor­ked in syn­cro mode, so that when the indi­vi­du­al parts whe­re ready, it was just a mat­ter of assem­bling them into nice loo­king and ready to print Maker­bot Cup­ca­kes. A few more hours whe­re dedi­ca­ted to test and cali­bra­te all the ele­ments to make sure they wor­ked well and prin­ted nice, it was so cool to see the machi­nes up and run­ning and to feel the exci­te­ment and awe of the gre­a­test magic trick ever ^^

The 2 Makerbots ready.
The 2 Maker­bots ready.

Now what ? Get prin­ting of-cour­se ! Get­ting a vir­tu­al 3d model ready to be prin­ted for real is not as easy as hit­ting print in your text edi­tor, but it´s not roc­ket sci­en­ce either, the­re are a some things to know and a few tricks to learn, luc­kily our workshop host Zach knew it all and had qui­te a few tricks up his sle­e­ve whi­ch he gene­rously sha­red with us, It didn´t take long befo­re we all had something ready to print. Befo­re you can send your 3d model to the Maker­bots, you have to export it from your favo­ri­te 3d app as a .STL file, if your fav 3d app doesn´t export .STL , no wor­ri­es, Blen­der to the res­cue! Blen­der is a splen­did open sour­ce 3d appli­ca­ti­on that can read most 3d file for­mats out the­re, for sure you´ll find a file for­mat that´s com­pa­ti­ble with Blen­der, once in Blen­der it´s a bre­e­ze to export your 3d model in the right for­mat. Besi­des expor­ting in the .STL for­mat, Blen­der is handy for a few more things, you can easily get rid of any dou­bled ver­ti­ces, check for Mani­fold mesh errors, and redu­ce your poly­gon count (deci­ma­te) to impro­ve prin­ting spe­ed.

One of the Makerbots printing in black ABS.
One of the Maker­bots prin­ting in black ABS.

Some of the par­ti­ci­pants whe­re advan­ced 3d artists, and some never had tou­ched 3d soft­ware befo­re, but the truth is that we all mana­ged to achi­e­ve some ama­zing results, and we were all very impres­sed by the qua­lity that tho­se lit­tle machi­nes whe­re able to pro­du­ce. Not all prints came out per­fec­tly at the first go, and here and the­re some ope­ra­tor errors whe­re made, that resul­ted in having to unmount the Plas­tru­der to cle­an it´s lit­tle teeth, whi­ch by the way is done in less then 10 minu­tes, unem­ploy­ment due to tech­ni­cal fault just gives you enough time to get a cof­fee, only if the cof­fee machi­ne is just around the cor­ner. For me per­so­nally this has been one of the best workshops i´ve par­ti­ci­pa­ted in, all par­ti­ci­pants whe­re highly moti­va­ted and eager to learn and sha­re, the ambi­en­ce was all about sha­ring and caring, how could it not be when you´r dis­co­ve­ring the ama­zing world of Maker­bot­ness, and you have a gre­at host like Zach to hold your hand 😉 Thank you.

Ple­a­se head over to Zach´s post to see some gre­at exam­ples of what has been prin­ted during the workshop.

Keep an eye out on the blogs from the AZ-Labs (AltLab, xDA, LCD) for more news on upco­ming Maker­bot adven­tu­res, inclu­ding more workshops and how to get access to our Machi­nes to print your stuff.

My Summer @ NYC Resistor

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This sum­mer I was a resi­dent at NYC Resis­tor (NYCR), a hac­ker col­lec­ti­ve based in Bro­o­klyn, NY. I’m now back home in Lis­bon and would like to sha­re a bri­ef round-up of this won­der­ful expe­ri­en­ce.

First of all I must men­ti­on how incre­di­bly wel­co­ming and fun all the mem­bers of the col­lec­ti­ve are. Not only did they let me sha­re their spa­ce for two who­le months, pro­vi­ding me with a gre­at lear­ning oppor­tu­nity, but also made me feel at home among them and showed me a gre­at time.

I was lucky to get the­re just as their Awe­so­me August chal­len­ge was star­ting. The idea here being that NYCR mem­bers chal­len­ged each other to finish one gre­at pro­ject until the end of that month. The pro­jects were inde­ed awe­so­me, from an Eight Foot Lite Bri­te, an FPGA-based DNA sequen­ce align­ment acce­le­ra­tor, a Mono­me, a Player Toy Pia­no, and some very civi­li­zed smashing… to name only a few.

Another of my favo­ri­te sta­ples, and the one I think I’ll miss the most, was Craft Night. Every Thurs­day eve­ning NYCR opens its doors to tho­se of us “who like to make stuff… so you don’t have to make stuff by your­self.” On the­se nights, NYCR mem­bers help visi­tors with their pro­jects by sha­ring tips and kno­wled­ge, and everyo­ne just has a gre­at time wor­king together around one big table.

And then of cour­se, the­re was the unfor­get­ta­ble Inte­rac­ti­ve Party, during whi­ch some of Awe­so­me August’s pro­jects were shown, and that even inclu­ded a giant robot cake, chalk drawing on the flo­or, a Wimshurst machi­ne, and crayo­la model magic.

NYCR is cur­ren­tly offe­ring a seri­es of really inte­res­ting clas­ses, whi­ch I’m very sad to miss.

During my resi­dency I wor­ked on a few (really fun) expe­ri­ments with paper/cardboard pulp and soft cir­cuits, as well as other (frus­tra­ting) ones with car­bon nano­tu­bes. More on that later — I’m still unpac­king 🙂

Thank you NYC Resis­tor!

Dissecting old hardware

The last two ses­si­ons at Altlab have been a tre­men­dous fun!

We had been col­lec­ting lots of old hard­ware (pc’s, modems, mothe­bo­ards, cd-roms, prin­ters, etc)  to give it a new pur­po­se! Finally we deci­ded to start to take pro­fit from it.

Basi­cally in old hard­ware trash, the­re are lot’s of inte­res­ting things that still work very well (like motors,  leds, scre­ens) and can be re-uti­li­zed in other pro­jects.

Here we have some pic­tu­res of this acti­vity :

One of the results, a box full of motors :

So if you have in your pla­ce some old elec­tro­nic equip­ment sto­red that you are no pla­ning to use it any­mo­re, you can bring it to AltLab and we’ll take care of it! 😉

More pic­tu­res in our Flic­kr Pho­to Stre­am

Workshop de Impressão 3D com Zach Hoeken (Lisboa)

3D Printing Workshop

Datas: 19 de Out a 1 de Nov de 2009

Local: Lis­boa (espa­ço a anun­ci­ar)

Horá­ri­os:

19:30 às 22:30 (dias de sema­na)

11:00 às 19:00 (fins de sema­na)

total de 58h

Infor­ma­ção e ins­cri­ções: http://www.audienciazero.org/cct/3dprinting

 

Orga­ni­za­ção: Audi­ên­cia Zero (altLab + LCD)

Con­tac­to: cata­ri­na­mo­ta (at) audi­en­ci­a­ze­ro (dot) org

(ins­cri­ções aber­tas :: núme­ro limi­ta­do de vagas)

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A impres­são 3D é uma for­ma ori­gi­nal de impres­são, no âmbi­to da tec­no­lo­gia de pro­to­ti­pa­gem, em que um objec­to tri­di­men­si­o­nal é cri­a­do por uma máqui­na a par­tir da acu­mu­la­ção de cama­das suces­si­vas de um dado mate­ri­al (Wiki­pe­dia).

O Workshop

O objec­ti­vo do workshop é a cons­tru­ção e uti­li­za­ção de uma impres­so­ra 3D open sour­ce (mode­lo Maker­Bot). Os par­ti­ci­pan­tes irão cons­truir a máqui­na de raiz: des­de a mon­ta­gem das com­po­nen­tes elec­tró­ni­cas e extru­sor, pas­san­do pela mecâ­ni­ca, até à jun­ção de todas as peças. Irão ain­da adqui­rir e aper­fei­ço­ar apti­dões e téc­ni­cas nas área de fabri­co de elec­tró­ni­ca, mecâ­ni­ca, mode­la­ção 3D, fabri­ca­ção digi­tal e reso­lu­ção de pro­ble­mas com impres­so­ras 3D. O workshop será ain­da um lugar pri­vi­le­gi­a­do para adqui­rir conhe­ci­men­tos sobre os mais diver­sos tópi­cos, como teo­ria da elec­tró­ni­ca, design de firmwa­re, enge­nha­ria mecâ­ni­ca, pro­to­co­los de série, fabri­ca­ção digi­tal e dese­nho 3D.

A impres­so­ra 3D cons­truí­da duran­te o workshop fica­rá pos­te­ri­or­men­te dis­po­ní­vel para os mem­bros do altLab (qual­quer inte­res­sa­do se pode ins­cre­ver no altLab se assim o dese­jar). Os par­ti­ci­pan­tes que dese­jem cons­truir a sua pró­pria máqui­na, e levá-la para casa, terão que adqui­rir o res­pec­ti­vo kit open sour­ce no site da Maker­Bot.

Zach Hoe­ken

Zach Hoe­ken likes to dre­am big, fail big, and win big. His true pas­si­on in life is acting as a catalyst and hel­ping others do ama­zing things. Whether it is cre­a­ting open sour­ce micro con­trol­lers (sanguino.cc), robot con­trol­ler soft­ware (replicat.org), object sha­ring web­si­tes (thingiverse.com), self repli­ca­ting 3D prin­ters (reprap.org), or hac­ker col­lec­ti­ves (nycresistor.com) the­re is one cen­tral pur­po­se: to help other peo­ple help them­sel­ves cre­a­te an awe­so­me world to live in. He hopes that some­day we can cre­a­te a world that sur­pas­ses even the wil­dest futu­res por­trayed in sci­en­ce fic­ti­on. He thinks the uni­ver­se is and will con­ti­nue to be com­ple­tely rad. Do you want to help?

Datas e Valo­res para ins­cri­ção no workshop:

Ins­cri­ções até 31 de Julho: 200€*

(50% no acto de ins­cri­ção + 50% até 19 de Setem­bro)

Ins­cri­ções após 31 de Julho: 250€*

(pagos no acto de ins­cri­ção)

* não reem­bol­sá­vel

3D printing workshop