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:

Expla­na­tion of device com­po­nents.

AZLabs @ O Espaço do Tempo

After many days of work, stress and fun, we seem to have man­aged to pull through 10 projects to show­case at O Espaço do Tempo! The exhi­bi­tion opened yes­ter­day, 12th July at Con­vento da Saudação and will remain in exhibit until the end of the month.

We also have a mini-site with bios of the authors and descrip­tions of the works, tem­porar­ily hosted here. Not only of the works present at the exhi­bi­tion but also a few oth­ers devel­oped dur­ing the res­i­dency that couldn’t be exhib­ited by one rea­son or another. Check them out!

Big thanks are in order to every­one at O Espaço do Tempo for the oppor­tu­nity we had, and all the in loco sup­port to our needs, you rock. 🙂

AZLabs @ O Espaço Do Tempo (0day –2)

2 days to go until the exhibit open­ing of the Audi­en­cia Zero Labs res­i­dency at O Espaço Do Tempo!

A few folks seem to be miss­ing in action. Mauri­cio is back with some news from Inter­ac­tivos to lend us a hand on pend­ing projects. Mónica and Pedro are still work­ing on B-wind!. Mar­garida work­ing on his robot Freddy. Vic­tor Silva rehears­ing his The Last Words of Dominico. Vic­tor and Marco work­ing on Dis­card­able Beauty. Guil­herme fin­ish­ing his Róbot­ica Cria­tiva works. And me fin­ish­ing up Meta Gen Haiku. Cata­rina and Joel should also show up tomorow with their Micro Dérive.

Web­site with more info on the pre­sented projects should go online soon. In the mean­time if you should show up on Mon­day the 12th July in Mon­te­mor-O-Novo for the exhibit. We will have 7 projects installed under exhi­bi­tion until the 31st July, and 2 live­acts pre­sented on the exhi­bi­tion day 12th July.

In the mean­time we’ll leave you with some impor­tant t-shirt quote mate­r­ial we have recently acquired:
“48 horas são 6 dias de tra­balho, em turnos de 8 horas”
“Eu só faço pro­jec­tion map­ping quando estou bêbado”
“Não tens pin­cel para isso. Vai antes de rolo.”
“Queres falar ao tele­fone? Fala aí! *slap*”

AZ Labs Exhibition @ O Espaço do Tempo

LCD + Alt­Lab + xDA
12 — 31 July 2010
Con­vento da Saudação | Mon­te­mor-o-Novo | Por­tu­gal

Exhi­bi­tion: Mon­day to Fri­day — 6pm / 11pm | Sat­ur­day and Sun­day — 4pm /11pm
Open­ing: 12th of July, 18h00

Artists : Cata­rina Mota | Fil­ipe Cruz | Francesco Cerutti | Guil­herme Mar­tins | João Maia e Silva | Joël Belouet | Jorge Ribeiro | Pedro Ângelo | Mar­garida Faria | Mau­rí­cio Mar­tins | Mónica Mendes | Marco Moura | Mar­i­ana Fer­reira | Mécia Sá | Ricardo Webbens | Sér­gio Fer­reira | Tiago Serra | Vitor Lago Silva | Vic­tor Mar­tins

This exhi­bi­tion presents the results of a unique exper­i­ment. For 17 days, 30 mem­bers of the Audi­en­cia Zero Labs from all over the coun­try and also abroad lived and worked together on col­lec­tive projects. New teams were formed, infi­nite ideas pro­posed, new tools and tech­nolo­gies exper­i­mented with, incred­i­ble adven­tures lived and new friends made. The projects at this exhibit are just the tip of the veil, the true impact of this expe­ri­ence is yet to come.

More info @ O Espaço do Tempo

makerbot as microscope: what we learned

Joel Belouet has been work­ing on an art piece involv­ing microor­gan­isms and needed a sup­port struc­ture for his micro­scope cam­era. It turns out the Maker­Bot sit­ting on our table was the solu­tion.

At first Joel attached the cam­era to the z axis and the slide rested on the build plat­form, but it soon became clear that it would be much bet­ter to have the sam­ple remain still and the cam­era move instead. Invert­ing the posi­tions meant attach­ing the slide to the bot­tom of the z axis plat­form in order to pre­vent the cam­era lens from bump­ing against it. This setup also allowed him to use the z crank as a focus mech­a­nism. Con­tinue read­ing “maker­bot as micro­scope: what we learned”