3D Printing, a disruptive technology…

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

 

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

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

[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!