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!