Posts tagged 3D printing

3D Printing, a disruptive technology…

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Photo illus­tra­tion: Andrew B. Myers

 

3D Prin­ting seems to be finally hit­ting the mainstream.

Peo­ple are becom­ming aware of this new old tec­no­logy, much due to the fact that the avai­la­bi­lity and open sour­ce­ness of it is plun­ging down the cost of model printing.

The rea­lity of this is fal­ling like a ham­mer in the indus­try that is star­ting to see how dis­rup­tive this tech will be. So much that law suits over copy­right have star­ted to hap­pen as we write.

 

Games Workshop, the UK-based firm that makes Warham­mer, noti­ced Valenty’s work and sent Thin­gi­verse a take­down notice, citing the Digi­tal Mil­len­nium Copy­right Act. Thin­gi­verse remo­ved the files, and Valenty suddenly

became an unwil­ling com­ba­tant in the next digi­tal war: the fight over copying phy­si­cal objects.

 

Check out the full arti­cle @ WIRED >here<

 

 

altLab Last Meetings — Update

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We have been absent from pos­ting news for a cou­ple of weeks now, but we haven’t been in no way inactive.

These last two mee­tings have been fruit­full, we have dedi­ca­ted some time to fixing the teles­cope con­trol­ler, the col­lec­tive has new mem­bers and this new blood is pum­ping full of ideas.

It is time to talk back to the com­mu­nity, and tomor­row we will be put­ting up some inves­ti­ga­ti­ons we have been up.

Here’s a list of some things we will be upda­ting tomorrow

 

- PCB work­bench Pro­ject may come with a silks­creen flavour

- Dimen­sion Elite tes­ting @Fablab EDP, Violeta’s Big Brother √

- Laser­cut Tes­tings @Fablab EDP

- Explo­ra­ti­ons on PCB cre­a­tion tech­ni­ques — The Silks­creen Method

- The Project’s Project

- Vio­leta Fixed and going on Tour √

 

See you soon, here is a peek at some shots of the upcom­ming arti­cles ;)

 

 

FabriCamp Lx1

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

[PT]
É com grande satis­fa­ção que a Rede de Labo­ra­tó­rios da AZ (Asso­ci­a­ção Audi­ên­cia Zero) anun­cia o pri­meiro evento da Fabri­Cul­ture: o Fabri­Camp Lx1!

É ver­dade, será um dia inteiro ao estilo bar­camp , dedi­cado à fabri­ca­ção digi­tal. Vários mem­bros e ami­gos dos hac­kers­pa­ces da AZ (LCD, altLabxDA) irão demons­trar as suas máqui­nas de pro­to­ti­pa­gem rápida, impres­so­ras 3D e CNC Mills.
Caso tenha uma máquina para fabri­ca­ção digi­tal, seja de que tipo for, aca­bada, por aca­bar, ava­ri­ada, etc., traga-a con­sigo. Ou então traga os ami­gos e a famí­lia (é um evento tam­bém para crianças).

FabriCamp Lx1

Photo by Maker­Bot Industries

Como em qual­quer outro evento ao estilo bar­camp, os par­ti­ci­pan­tes são tam­bém ora­do­res; por­tanto estão todos con­vi­da­dos a fazer apre­sen­ta­ções, lan­çar deba­tes, demons­trar os seus pro­jec­tos, o que lhes apetecer.

A par­ti­ci­pa­ção é gra­tuita. Inscreva-se aqui.

A Fabri­Cul­ture é um pro­jecto da AZ Labs Network dedi­cado à pro­mo­ção do fabrico digi­tal open source e da cul­tura maker em geral. Saiba mais sobre a Fabri­Cul­ture aqui.

Se a revo­lu­ção do fabrico digi­tal é para si novi­dade , vale a pena dar uma vista de olhos à bela ani­ma­ção da Nue­ve­O­jos Full Prin­ted e à apre­sen­ta­ção Schuy­ler St. Ledger’s Ignite Pho­e­nix .

[EN]
The AZ Labs Network is extre­mely happy to announce Fabri­Cul­ture’s first event: Fabri­Camp Lx1! That’s right, it’ll be a bar­camp style uncon­fe­rence dedi­ca­ted to digi­tal fabri­ca­tion. Seve­ral mem­bers and fri­ends of AZ’s hac­kers­pa­ces (LCD, altLab and xDA) will be demoing their 3D prin­ters and CNC mills. If you have any kind of digi­tal fabricator—finished, unfi­nished, bro­ken or so and so—bring it along. Or just bring your­self, your fri­ends, your family (this is a children-friendly event). As in any other barcamp-style event, the atten­dees are also the spe­a­kers, so everyone is encou­ra­ged to give talks, start deba­tes, demo their pro­jects, lead workshops, wha­te­ver suits their fancy.

Par­ti­ci­pa­tion is free. Ple­ase regis­ter here.

Fabri­cul­ture is an AZ Labs Network pro­ject dedi­ca­ted to pro­mo­ting open source digi­tal fabri­ca­tion and maker cul­ture in gene­ral. Learn more about Fabri­Cul­ture here.

For those new to the digi­tal fabri­ca­tion revo­lu­tion make sure to also check out the beau­ti­ful Nueve Ojos Full Prin­ted ani­ma­tion and Schuy­ler St. Ledger’s Ignite Pho­e­nix pre­sen­ta­tion for a quick overview.

Arduino Hack Day report

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[PT]No último sábado, 5 de Feve­reiro, o altlab orga­ni­zou o Arduino Hack Day.
Par­ti­ci­pa­ram no evento perto de 40 pes­soas, entre entu­si­as­tas em elec­tró­nica, artis­tas, pro­gra­ma­do­res, arqui­tec­tos, fotó­gra­fos, ami­gos.
[EN]On Feb 5th altlab held its first Arduino Hack Day. Around 40 enthu­si­asts, artists, pro­gram­mers, archi­tects, pho­to­graphers and fri­ends par­ti­ci­pa­ted in the event.

[PT]Para mui­tos, foi o pri­meiro con­tacto com o Arduino, a des­co­berta da sim­pli­ci­dade desta pla­ta­forma para o desen­vol­vi­mento de pro­jec­tos de com­pu­ta­ção física.
Dis­tri­buí­dos por qua­tro ban­ca­das, os par­ti­ci­pan­tes come­ça­ram a expe­ri­men­tar assim que che­ga­ram!
[EN]For many this was their first con­tact with the Arduino, dis­co­ve­ring the ease with which this plat­form can be used for the deve­lop­ment of phy­si­cal com­pu­ting pro­jects.
Assem­bled around work­ben­ches, par­ti­ci­pants star­ted expe­ri­men­ting as soon as they arrived!

Arduino Hack Day Arduino Hack Day

[PT]Uma das ban­ca­das, dedi­cada ao tema Arduino, moto­res e a robó­tica, ficou por conta do Gui­lherme Mar­tins (Gui­bot). Nou­tra ban­cada, alguns prin­ci­pi­an­tes apren­diam a dar os pri­mei­ros pas­sos, com a ajuda de mem­bros do altlab.
[EN]One of the tables, dedi­ca­ted to Arduino, motors and robo­tics, was run by Gui­lherme Mar­tins (Gui­bot). Near by, at another table, some par­ti­ci­pants took their first steps with the help of altlab members.

Arduino Hack Day Arduino Hack Day

[PT]Enquanto isso, a impres­sora 3D (“maker­bot”) tra­zida pelo nosso con­vi­dado neo­ze­lan­dês, Tiago, ia impri­mindo as pri­mei­ras peças.
[EN]All the while, the Maker­Bot brought by our New Zele­and guest Tiago, was prin­ting some plas­tic parts for the projects.

Arduino Hack Day Arduino Hack Day

[PT]O Pedro Ângelo, do LCDLab, veio do Porto para nos aju­dar e res­sus­ci­tou um pro­jecto antigo do Mau­rí­cio, que depois de pronto gerou alguma diver­são…
[EN]O Pedro Ângelo, from LCDLab, came from Porto to help out and deci­ded to bring back to life an old pro­ject of Maurício’s which imme­di­a­tely tur­ned into a lot of fun.…

Arduino Hack Day

[PT]Logo depois do almoço come­ça­ram as apre­sen­ta­ções. A Mónica Men­des e o Mau­rí­cio Mar­tins deram a conhe­cer o colec­tivo altlab, o seu pas­sado, pre­sente e futuro. A Cheng Xu, tam­bém nossa con­vi­dada, apresentou-nos o See­e­duino Film. Por fim, o Gui­bot e o André, da Artica, fala­ram do Moto­ruino e do Far­rusco.
[EN]After lunch we had some pre­sen­ta­ti­ons. Mónica Men­des and Mau­rí­cio Mar­tins tal­ked about the past, pre­sent and future of altlab. Our guest Cheng Xu pre­sen­ted the See­duino film. Finally, Gui­bot and André from Artica tal­ked about the Moto­ruino and Farrusco.

Arduino Hack Day Arduino Hack Day

[PT]Pas­sa­das 10 horas de puro hac­king e muita cer­veja, o Arduino Hack Day che­gava ao fim, todos os par­ti­ci­pan­tes muito satis­fei­tos com a expe­ri­ên­cia. O altlab con­se­guiu con­cre­ti­zar o prin­ci­pal objec­tivo desta ini­ci­a­tiva: jun­tar pes­soas inte­res­sa­das em par­ti­lhar conhe­ci­men­tos sobre o Arduino, aju­dar quem nunca tinha desen­vol­vido nada com a pla­ta­forma e con­quis­tar novos inte­res­sa­dos em per­ten­cer a este colec­tivo fan­tás­tico!
[EN]After 10 hours of pure hac­king and lots of beer, the Arduino Hack Day came to an end, and everyone left with a smile on their faces. We were able to attain the main goals for this event: gather peo­ple inte­res­ted in sha­ring kno­wledge about the Arduino, help those who had never used the plat­form, and have seve­ral new mem­bers join our belo­ved collective.

[PT]Por último, fica aqui um agra­de­ci­mento muito espe­cial aos mem­bros do altlab que con­tri­buí­ram na orga­ni­za­ção deste evento:
[EN]Finally, a word of spe­cial thanks to the altlab mem­bers who con­tri­bu­ted to making the Arduino Hack Day possible:

Andre Almeida, Ferdi Meier, Gui­lherme Mar­tins, Leo­nardo Mar­ques, Manuel Alves, Mau­ri­cio Mar­tins, Mónica Men­des, Nuno João, Paulo Rodri­gues e Pedro Ângelo (LCD).

Some pho­tos by João Nogueira e Rita Carvalho.

Flickr Photo Set: http://tinyurl.com/6f7vhsx

English ver­sion soon!

Laser Etching a PCB with a RepRap by Leonardo

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Leo­nardo has been wor­king on a laser-head RepRap for some time. His latest expe­ri­ment was etching a PCB with it. Above is the video of the first tests, but go on over to his blog to check out all the details.

Call for developers

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For those who have been pre­sent at alt lab mee­tings know by now that I’m cur­ren­tly deve­lo­ping a 3D Laser Printer.

Laser pro­jec­tion

As far as elec­tro­nics everything is almost good to go with some minor twe­aks, but I’m facing a giant pro­blem now. I  don’t have time to deve­lop soft­ware for this pet and I don’t want it to be delayed for much lon­ger than it alre­ady has been, so I’m reques­ting for kind hear­ted deve­lo­pers to step up and help me in this task.

Any help is wel­come ple­ase con­tact me to lj dot marques@fct dot unl dot pt (replace “dot” for “.”).

Cur­rent device

Ple­ase adress this Git Hub repo­si­tory for your kind code donations:

http://github.com/Reonarudo/O3DLP

Expla­na­tion of device components.

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