Make magazine is currently hosting a free online DIY makercamp on their Google+ page. MakerCamp is aimed at teenagers, although it looks like there will be interesting projects for people who haven’t grown out of being a kid as well. Each weekday a new project video is posted on youtube packed with demonstrations, instructions and a list of materials. There has already been how to make compressed air rockets. This week’s features include making animated GIF images, sculpting with modeling clays and more. Make promises the series will emcompass the broad spectrum of maker projects. (more…)
The 8th annual international fab lab conference — FAB8NZ — is coming to Wellington, New Zealand this year!
The seven-day event (August 22-28) will be hosted by The College of Creative Arts at Massey University and The Affect Research Centre with support from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
A highlight of the event will be the one day Public Academic Symposium on Digital Fabrication held on August 27. The speaker list is still growing but the current agenda confirms Alica Jackson of DARPA, Vik Oliver of RepRap, and Wellington’s own David ten Have of Ponoko.
Conference tracks are divided into four categories: Practices/Operations, Processes/Tutorials, Projects/Research, and Energy/Environment. Expect to learn things like:
• how to start your own fab lab
• how to make a circuit board
• the environmental and social impact of local manufacture & DIY
• introducing Maker skills to grade school students
• how to build your own 3D printer
• a lot more stuff!
Early Bird registration prices range from NZ$50 for students to attend the Symposium on Digital Fabrication to an all-events 7 day pass for NZ$450. (That’s kiwi money folks.)
Register now at the lowest rates, and start planning your New Zealand vacation.
Copying for art’s sake to encourage debate over copyrightWhisper Down the Lane concluded with a wrap up lecture just before the weekend, two days before its source exhibition – The Obstinate Object: Contemporary New Zealand Sculpture was due to finish, and while the last 3D printed piece was with the courier, hurriedly making its way down the country from the contributing RepRap machine.
Whisper Down The Lane is a referential art project by Bronwyn Holloway-Smith. It explores the ideas of digital fabrication with regard to copyright and reproduction issues in the world of art – a discussion that is very very slowly starting to creep out of the small tech-meets-art niche into the mainstream awareness.
Bronwyn’s project infiltrated Wellington City Gallery’s exhibition The Obstinate Object and sneakily positioned itself in a space of its own within the gallery rooms. The work is a series of 3D printed miniatures of The Obstinate Object exhibits, created with the agreement from the artists. While the 3D prints are clearly copied from specific art works, they are not intended to be exact replicas, nor are they all printed to the same scale. The miniatures are as much about communicating the digital fabrication process as they are about mimicking the general forms of the originals. The RepRap prints are constrained by the practicalities of the production method: size, material, colour and level of detail – elements that would be thoroughly considered in the original, full size works.The open source nature of the project is integral to the questions it raises – questions that we’ll be coming across more and more as digital fabrication becomes more commonplace.
Making enthusiasts can rejoice in taking matters into their own hands
The Makerspacers (Makerspacies?) have a workshop for wood-working, a (semi) clean-room, two quiet digital-type spaces and a fledgling chemistry lab. There is a variety of power tools, lathes, band-saws, soldering stations, welding gear etc. Also on the premises are a 3m long CNC Router, a 2m long laser-cutter and an UP! 3D printer. If you can design something, the guys from Makerspace reckon that they have the equipment and expertise in their network to make it.
These making enthusiasts have already gathered a small community – and are hoping to enlarge it… and so on the 14th of June, they are having an opening party… 5.30 until 8.30 pm. If you’re a maker, a fan or just generally curious about how laser-cutters, CNC mills and digital printers work, they welcome you to come along.
See RSVP details on the official invite after the jump
The 7th annual Maker Faire Bay Area is going down this weekend in San Mateo, California. It’s the biggest gathering of makers, hackers, inventors, and DIY geeks in the world!
Ponoko will be lookin’ good at booth #18 all weekend and causing a stir on the center stage on Saturday at 4pm.
Join us for a big awesome announcement:
Apps for the Makers: 3D Fabrication from Molecules to Motor Cars
Saturday May 19 at 4pm, center stage at Maker Faire
Featuring five leaders who are driving the Maker Movement including Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson, Ponoko CEO David ten Have, and three other special guests. We’ll be tweeting live from the presentation: @Ponoko
Visit Ponoko booth #18:
Get up-close and personal with some of the amazing products created by the Ponoko community. Check out our brand new 3D printing materials. Maybe score a Ponoko promo code. And make your very own lasercut rocketship!
Ponoko CEO David ten Have to speak at this week’s Congress on the Future of Engineering and Software April 9
COFES starts this Thursday
COFES, the Congress on the Future of Engineering and Software, is the only annual think tank in the engineering software industry to bring together executives from all kinds of fields to discuss the role of engineering technology in business.
This year’s COFES takes place on April 12–15, and as always in Scottsdale, AZ.
Over 200 leaders in software, technology, design, manufacture, and business will be participating this year including representatives from 3D Systems, Microsoft, Autodesk, Boeing, Desault Systems, Oracle, Google, Intel, Wohlers Associates, and … Ponoko!
Dave is back in the USA and will speaking as part of the First Congress: Maieutic Parataxis on Friday at 4pm — a series of 5 minute talks that introduce topics and ideas that, while they may be in early stages, are likely to affect the way we interact with software in the future.
California craft fairs this summer
Ponoko is proud to support lots of independent designers in their maker businesses. And if you’ve ever used Ponoko to make stuff, there’s a good chance someone out there would want to buy what you made.
A great place to find people who would love to purchase things you make is a craft fair. And the Renegade Craft Fair is one of the best.
If you don’t live in the golden state, don’t despair. Renegade has craft fairs in Austin, Chicago, Brooklyn, and London!
Salone 2012 gets a DIY makeover
There is more to Milan than slick high-end design this April, and Berlin’s MakerLab are returning for another stint at the Public Design Festival with a special collaborative design project.
Setting up between April 1st to 15th at Art Kitchen Superground and then from 17th to 21st at Cascina Cuccagna, the multifunctional hub will feature 3D scanning, 3d printing, laser cutting as well as various low-tech manufacturing techniques.
Beyond the public demonstration, one of the goals of this year’s event is to engage in the design and construction of objects and tools for Un posto a Milano, a permanent meeting place that is being set up to highlight and preserve local culture, food and agricultural heritage.
It’s looking like the DIY efforts from MakerLab will once again provide a welcome contrast to the streams of shiny new objects being fussed over just down the road…
image thanks to Delfino Legnani
Ponoko getting its fingers into something sweet againFollowing the sugar-crazed stampede that was the success of the 2011 JamOff, the 2012 addition, organised by Ponoko’s Catherine FD, attracted even more participants. This time around the public queued patiently to sample the long line of jams, and the icecream stick shanking was mostly avoided. The range of jams and the resulting spectrum of colours was impressive: from the crowd favourite deep bordeaux plum& manuka to one of the delicate yellow lime marmalade. The overall selection represented a delicious variety of berries and fruit. Although apparently, bacon falls into nether category. Yes, there was a bacon jam, much to the vocal horror of one unsuspecting vegetarian, and it was also one of the judges’ finalists.In Wellington, wherever the MIY outlook is celebrated, Ponoko is seldom far away. For JamOff, Personal Factory unleashed itself mostly in form of prizes. Once again the signature jam splatter red acrylic badges made an appearance, and the MC proudly announced that his and the judges’ were bigger than the participants’.
More after the jump:
3D Printing Forum: The Next Industrial Revolution?
The ‘3D Printing Forum: The Next Industrial Revolution?’ at The Science Exchange on the 20th of February 2012 in Adelaide, South Australia will have presentations by industry experts including Ponoko founder and CEO David ten Have on current happenings in the world of 3D printing. It is hosted by the Australian Network for Art and Technology. (more…)