Posts tagged 3D printing

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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