Fab10 Barcelona

 

Autodesk was pleased to be a primary sponsor and an award giver for the inaugural Fab Awards, at the 10th annual Fab Lab Conference in Barcelona, Spain. According to their website, "FAB10Barcelona is a one week series of events focused on open and accessible technologies that will change the world. It gathers the Fab Lab Network and the citizens of Barcelona to make it a FAB City." 

Competition was fierce with over 100 excellent submissions from dozens of countries!  Most projects included their source files, so you can even make them yourself: https://www.fab10.org/en/awards

Below you can see all of the winners:

Sénamé Koffi and his team of architects & engineers from Lomé, Togo. After buying a 3D printer for their new makerspace WoeLab, they looked around and realized they already had the parts to build their next 3D printing machine.

Every year, 515 tons of broken gadgets get shipped to West Africa, where young workers burn the equipment to salvage materials like gold and copper in a dangerously toxic environment. But there’s a lot of craft and engineering that goes into electronic components, all of which is wasted when things gets melted down for scrap.  WoeLab manager Dodji Honou says the members of WoeLab asked themselves, “how can we create something of our own using what we have around us?”

Using the frame of an old desktop computer, iron rails from discarded printers, and one new Arduino board, WoeLab member Afate Gnikou invented the W.Afate 3D printer—which won First Place in the Fab Awards.

“With an old thing and a good idea,” says Honou, “you can make a solution.”

 

Second prize went to another new idea inspired by old electronics: the Ag Inkjet Circuit (AgIC) was developed by Yoshihiro Kawahara from the University of Tokyo, in collaboration with Microsoft Research Cambridge and Georgia Institute of Technology. "Ag" is the chemical symbol for silver, and this brilliant invention uses conductive silver ink to turn ordinary inkjet printers into circuit board manufacturers. To quote the AgIC website: “Say goodbye to breadboard.”

 

In third place we have the 3D Printed Prosthetics initiative at Fab Lab San Diego in California, USA, with Katie Rast presenting their innovative Gladius prosthetic leg design and their initiative to support 3D-printed hands.  Most prosthetic legs are specialized in their use so people require multiple prosthetics for different activities, but this new design provides an all-in-one solution for running or walking on different terrains.

3D printed prosthetics have an advantage over traditional designs because they are a fraction of the cost and they can easily be tailor-made. Initiatives like Fab Lab San Diego and eNABLE connect 3D printers to people who need prosthetic hands, while providing simple software for customizing hands to fit their users.

 

 

Autodesk had an award to present, and it went to the Waag Society’s inventive and customizable low-cost prosthesis. This prosthetic leg is a collaboration between Dutch and Indonesian designers, using locally-available materials like pineapple tree fibers and bamboo, a realistic alternative for people without access to MRI's and industrialized technology.

 

A popular vote awarded FabPonics from Puerto Rico the Audience Choice Prize. Their clever aquaponics design brings urban farming to the Caribbean, and uses digital fabrication to easily manufacture systems for incorporating fish tanks and water filtration into small farming modules.

Overall it was an amazing and inspiring event full of innovative people and brand new ideas. If you want to get involved in events like this, consider creating your own projects! You can even get started right here on 123D

#NationOfMakers

 

It's official. President Obama has declared June 18, 2014 the National Day of Makers. This is no surprise, given that a revolution is taking place, where we are going back to our roots and creating things for ourselves. Borne from a Nation of Makers, we have become a #NationOfMakers.

"Our Nation is home to a long line of innovators who have fueled our economy and transformed our world. Through the generations, American inventors have lit our homes, propelled humanity into the skies, and helped people across the planet connect at the click of a button...During the National Day of Making, we celebrate and carry forward this proud tradition.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 18, 2014, as National Day of Making. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with programs, ceremonies, and activities that encourage a new generation of makers and manufacturers to share their talents and hone their skills." 

In honor of this declaration, the home of the President is hosting its first ever White House Maker Faire, a day dedicated to showcasing and celebrating all the talent being driven by the Maker Movement. 

You can get involved by seeing what others have made, making things yourself,  by following along with the events of the day, and by signing this pledge dedicating yourself to "working together to build maker communities throughout America and the world that introduce the maker movement to more people and expand the benefits that makers can realize through their participation."

But most importantly, you can get out there and have fun! Enjoy this National Day of Makers, everyone. And don't forget to find yourself on the map below...

 

 

Maker of the Day – John Lawton (Day 7)

Meet John Lawton: Military pilot by day, maker by night. This man proves there are no excuses when it comes to finding time for creative self-expression.

Personal website:
www.jdldesignstudios.com

John Lawton

Why I make

Both my parents are artists so I grew up in a very creative household. I've always loved to sketch and make things in my dad's metal shop since I was young and woodworking I've picked up over the last 10 years. So much of my life as a military pilot has been manuals and checklists; wood and metalworking is a great way to express my creativity and let my mind be free to invent. Seeing my design sketch sitting on top of the finished product is very satisfying! 

What I make

Custom wood and metal furniture with an industrial and modern theme. I love to incorporate the beauty of hardwoods such as walnut and maple with the strength and boldness of metals like mild steel, stainless and aluminum. Old school wood and metal working techniques are joined with cutting edge technologies like waterjetting, CNC milling and laser cutting to make completely unique works of art designed to last generations. 

John uses TechShop as a resource for both tools and community, while Autodesk Inventor serves as his design platform.

 

Maker of the Day – Niti Parikh (Day 3)

For our third Maker of the Day, meet Niti Parikh. Niti is a Bay Area TechShop user and super-maker, making the world happier one unique piece of wall art at a time.

Niti Parikh

Why I make

I have been making things using my hands and fulfilling my inner urge to create constantly since I was a kid. It was a natural choice for me to then pursue design as a career. 

When I am making a good meal, a product pieces together at the shop or making a drawing for an Interior Space I am designing for, it makes me HAPPY . I count making things as my super power, which I want to share as much as I can in this lifetime. Making is my way of giving back!

What I make

When I founded NPStudio, I wanted to make things, which is going to combine my experience from the field of Architecture and keep my love of crafts alive. Today through product line of HAPPYcardboards I make unique wall art for all ages and interiors. Each piece is hand assembled from recycled cardboard and a variety of reclaimed materials. We have also had a chance to take our methods of making with reclaimed cardboard to mainstream events and replace everyday pipe and drape stage backdrop with a backdrop made solely with recycled cardboard. We are now involved as a consultant for sustainable décor/fabrication for events and spaces.

To see more of Niti's work, check out http://nitiparikh.com.

Calling all makers, calling all makers!

So here's the thing - you guys are awesome. Every day you show us new ways of looking at 3D printing and creativity, and we want to celebrate everything you do by featuring you on our website! With the Bay Area Maker Faire coming up in May, there is no better time to make that happen. 

Submit your work by filling out our very quick survey here for the opportunity to be one of our Makers of the Day, like Ritik, who 3D printed the glasses above!