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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!

Laser Etching a PCB with a RepRap by Leonardo

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

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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