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”

First Soft Circuits Open Lab

soft circuits open lab

This Sun­day we’re hold­ing our first Soft Cir­cuits Open Lab at the School of Fine Arts in Lis­bon (FBAUL — Fac­ul­dade de Belas Artes de Lis­boa). There is no pre­de­fined struc­ture for the event. We will meet for the course of one day with the pur­poses of shar­ing knowl­edge, exper­i­ment­ing freely, advanc­ing on-going projects, and just hav­ing fun work­ing together. Some of the peo­ple attend­ing will be spe­cial­ists in elec­tron­ics and oth­ers in tex­tiles. Bar­camp style impromptu pre­sen­ta­tions are very wel­come.

Alt­lab will pro­vide some basic tools such as pli­ers, scis­sors, sol­der­ing irons, iron­ing board, etc. But par­tic­i­pants must bring all the mate­ri­als and addi­tional equip­ment nec­es­sary for their own projects/experiments (includ­ing lap­tops). Here are some sug­ges­tions: any kind of fab­ric, nee­dles and thread, yarn, t-shirts, con­duc­tive and/or resis­tive fab­ric, con­duc­tive thread, con­duc­tive and/or resis­tive yarn, knit­ting and/or cro­chet nee­dles, LEDs, coin cell bat­ter­ies, bat­tery hold­ers, EL wire, strands of fiber optics, cop­per foil, cop­per adhe­sive track, alu­minum foil, resis­tive foam, reg­u­lar foam, arduinos (lily­pad or any other kind). If you’ve never worked with any of these mate­ri­als and don’t have them handy, come any­way, you can help some­one else with their project and learn along the way.

For more infor­ma­tion on soft cir­cuits tech­niques and mate­ri­als, check out the Soft Cir­cuits Resources sec­tion on the open­Ma­te­ri­als wiki.

This open lab will take place on Feb­ru­ary 21st, from 10:30 to 18:30, at the School of Fine Arts in Lis­bon, room 307, 1st floor (since our own space is still under con­struc­tion). All are wel­come, there is no fee nor reg­is­tra­tion, but please do let me know if you are plan­ning on com­ing: catarinamota(at)audienciazero.org

Dissecting old hardware

The last two ses­sions at Alt­lab have been a tremen­dous fun!

We had been col­lect­ing lots of old hard­ware (pc’s, modems, moth­e­boards, cd-roms, print­ers, etc)  to give it a new pur­pose! Finally we decided to start to take profit from it.

Basi­cally in old hard­ware trash, there are lot’s of inter­est­ing things that still work very well (like motors,  leds, screens) and can be re-uti­lized in other projects.

Here we have some pic­tures of this activ­ity :

One of the results, a box full of motors :

So if you have in your place some old elec­tronic equip­ment stored that you are no plan­ing to use it any­more, you can bring it to Alt­Lab and we’ll take care of it! 😉

More pic­tures in our Flickr Photo Stream