Sculpture Exhibition in 3D Printed “Replicas”

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.

Wellington’s new Makerspace!

Making enthusiasts can rejoice in taking matters into their own hands

After 3 months of renovations, repairs and randomness, The Wellington Makerspace is finally open for people to turn their ideas into physical things.

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

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Make your own lasercut rocketship with Ponoko at Maker Faire this weekend!

And don’t miss our big announcement on Saturday!

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

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.

Sell the awesome stuff you make @ SF & LA Renegade Craft Fairs. Now open for registration!

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.

They just opened vendor applications for 2 west coast fairs this summer:
• Renegade San Francisco July 21 & 22
• Renegade Los Angeles July 28 & 29

If you don’t live in the golden state, don’t despair. Renegade has craft fairs in Austin, Chicago, Brooklyn, and London!

MakerLab returns to Milan

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

via Abitare

The Crafting of Preserves

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:

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3D Printing forum in Adelaide

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…)

3D printing exhibition explores typographic history

Arkitypo: a 3D printed typographic exhibition

arkitypo exhibition

Arkitypo is an exploration of typographic history. From A to Z, each letter features a 3D printed letter specimen of a unique typeface that portrays a particular trait. The exhibition was created by London based design studio Johnson Banks in collaboration with Ravensbourne University. Video and more photos after the jump…

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Digifab fanatics, submit your work to the 2012 Acadia Conference in San Francisco

abstracts due 5 March 2012

Do you take digital fabrication so seriously that you should present at a conference about it?

Well now’s your chance. The theme of the 2012 Acadia Conference is Synthetic Digital Ecologies.

“The conference will highlight experimental research and projects that explore the reciprocity and synergy between bits and atoms, the digital and the physical, and between digital code and material logic.”

Acadia is looking for papers and projects from “architects, fabricators, engineers, media artists, technologists, hackers and others in related fields.” (I have a feeling about half the people I follow on twitter will be there.)

In addition to presentations, the conference will also host software workshops and an exhibition of curated projects.

The 2012 Acadia Conference takes place 18–21 October 2012 in San Francisco.