Global Fab Awards and Exhibition

Winners

  • 1st. W.Afate 3D printer
  • 2nd. Ag Inkjet Circuit (AgIC)
  • 3rd. 3D Printed Prosthetics

The Sensor Award went to MoMo (Mobile Monitor), a project from California, USA that distributes sensor data to help communities make their infrastructure more reliable and robust. Their Water MoMo device attaches to water pumps to collect statistics and notify repair teams in case of any problems.


After days of careful deliberation our judging panel has chosen 30 projects to be shortlisted in the Global Fab Awards contest, and six others to be considered for the Sensors for Global Development Challenge. The selected projects are listed below, more details about each individual project, together with a voting mechanism for deciding the winner of the Peoples' Choice Award will be added here in the coming days.

Global Fab Awards Finalists

3D Printed Prosthetics by Katie Rast source files

The Gladius prosthetic is a multi-terrain prosthetic for below-the-knee amputees. It allows people to quickly adjust the prosthetic (unlike other devices), and it can be used across multiple terrain types, for running or walking. This project has been in development at the Fab Lab in San Diego with Andre Szucs, with advising from Allen McAfee and Katie Rast. We worked together to design and 3D print the fairing - the exterior cover of the device that adds a more natural form to the prosthetic, allows for experimentation with materials, and can be customized in terms of form or aesthetics. / Robohand is an international open design project that has allowed custom prosthetics to be developed with a 3D printer for a very low cost. The Robohand at the Fab Lab San Diego was created in-house on our 3D printer, and spearheaded by a young Maker named Gabriel Jacobs, a talented 15-year-old community member. The hand has articulating fingers and can be customized for fit. The project represents a larger purpose in terms of our team's desire to work on the development of better and more accessible prosthetics. Towards that aim, we have registered our site to be one that people can access in order to develop the prosthetic for free.

addlight lamp by ebenezer asante source files

lamps which is powered with solar and uses other electrical feature for operation

AgIC - Silver-based inkjet circuit printing by Yuki Nishida source files

This project enables off-the-shelf, home inkjet printers to print circuit boards instantly. Our circuit printer prints traces of silver on glossy photo papers and special-coated PET films. This technology will allow people to make prototypes of circuit boards, including flexible boards, in faster, more affordable and easier manner than traditional PCB manufacturing.

AtFAB CNC Furniture by Anne Filson source files

AtFAB is a line of parametrically customizable, Open Source, CNC fabricated furniture that is designed for distributed manufacture. Each furniture piece in the series is comprised exclusively of flat parts that may be cut from any sheet material, with any available CNC machine. The furniture designs share a common system of details, assemblies, and structures, as well as a capacity for simple fabrication technique and easy, intuitive construction. Since offering our Open Source designs online in 2011, we’ve seen thousands of cut file downloads, dozens of customized builds by makers worldwide, and a growing community of enthusiasts willing to show, share, and teach through furniture-making. AtFAB began as a demonstration of an alternative means of making goods that provokes making and uses less energy, but has become an open, evolving, and adaptable community of networked collaborators.

Circuit Stickers by Jie Qi source files

Circuit stickers are a new medium for making electronics. These thin, lightweight, flexible and sticky circuit boards allow us to craft electronic interactivity onto new spaces and interfaces such as books, clothing, walls, and even human bodies. The circuit stickers and activity book are an approachable way to learn and create electronics through craft, whether you’re just starting out with circuits or creating complex interactive artworks.

DIY 3D Tilt Sensor by Thomas Amberg (@tamberg) source files

Bluetooth HID controller made with a BlueFruit EZ key module, laser-cutting, 3D printing, some nails and an aluminium ball. Enables e.g. a tangible interface for home automation or video projections and is educational to build (see http://zurich.fablab.ch/diy-3d-tilt-sensor and http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:306251 and https://www.flickr.com/photos/tamberg/14034330334).

Fa)(a 3d ! by Giacomo Falaschi source files

OpenSource 3D Printer with a magnetic levitation system for the bearings of the X and Y axes. The printer is also modular (it can extrude all 3mm and 1.75 mm filaments) and scalable! more info on www.falla3d.com

Fab Barrow by Matthew Norris source files

Witnessing natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy on the US Eastern Seaboard or the May 2013 Tornado in nearby Moore, OK USA, I was inspired to develop a wheel barrow made from a single sheet of plywood as an experiment in rapid prototyping and disaster relief. After several months of work the Fab Barrow was born. It solves several practical challenges related to disaster relief or just ordinary CNC fab from sheet material. First, the Fab Barrow is made of single sheet of material and could be dealt out like a "deck of cards" in a disaster setting and punched out like paper dolls. Second, it provides a way to create a wheeled cart out of exclusively sheet material. Wheeled carts typically require an axle made of metal or wooden dowels or cylinders. Third, the Fab Barrow is environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable. Fourth, it requires NO metal mechanical fasteners. Save for a bit of glue and a rubber mallet the Fab Barrow is self-contained and ready to go for disaster relief or ordinary everyday carriage and transport needs. Fifth, the design is easily customized for different uses or needs. Utility, practicality, novelty and customization are the hallmarks of the sturdy Fab Barrow.

Fab Lab House by Daniel Ibañez source files

Self-Sufficient Solar Housing project

FabPonics Puerto Rico by Rafael Vargas source files

We take advantage of current digital fabrication and communication technologies with the purpose of the democratization of open knowledge concerning innovative ways of producing home agriculture in an island vulnerable towards food shortage in a near future. As our first action, we will show an innovative (3d printed) aquaponic prototype, called P-1, and a wiki webpage community so others can collaborate, change, and/or add other ideas and prototypes for urban ecologic agriculture in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

FabSkate by Luciano Betoldi source files

The aim of the Fab Skate project is to develop a system that will allow us to deliver fully customized, high quality skateboards and longboards for the price of an off-the-shelf model. To do this, we rely heavily on digital fabrication techniques and parametric design tools, such as large format laser cutters, CNC mills and open source software. These techniques allow us to cut, engrave and form every skateboard in an unique way, tailored for, and designed by, each individual. Skateboarding is as much about self expression as it is about technical skills or equipment performance, luckily, we are able to provide all of the above, thanks to our digital process.

FarmBot - Humanity's Open-Source Automated Precision Farming Machine by Rory Aronson source files

FarmBot is like a CNC router but used to grow food. Rather than cutting material, FarmBot employs a suite of tools to plant seeds, water them, detect and destroy weeds, and prepare and sample the soil. The hardware is designed to be scalable, modular, and hackable such that anyone with access to a Fablab or some basic tools may replicate, iterate, and fix the technology. Using a web based interface, the user can graphically design their farm or garden's layout and send the necessary information to FarmBot's computer - a Raspberry Pi. From there, FarmBot uses an Arduino microcontroller and other common electronics to grow the plants!

Find out more about the project, including links to the code bases, wiki, forum, and hardware design files here: http://go.farmbot.it

INSITU by FABIO LOPEZ source files

INSITU is an initiative founded by Blokcad Lab and uAbureau in 2011 to implement projects that investigate the informal development of cities, its non-consolidated urban spaces and auto-construction processes. Its central objective is to explore how the ecological and the social environments of the City can be merged to create new and unforeseen landscapes. Through a series of ongoing workshops, lectures and events, the program is directed to students, professionals and communities working in art, architecture, design and its related fields.

INSITU is structured around a social and technological platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration, not only within their City but also, between neighbourhoods and communities all over the world. Working with academic institutions, private industry, community groups, and designers from a wide-cross section of disciplines, we aim to create intelligent relationships between the inhabitants, the consumers and the producers of our cities.

KULUSKA SLIPPERS open design project by KULUSKA (Naoki Fujimoto,Aya Fujimoto) source files

One slippers made in Kamakura become data. It was sent to Kenya, it was modified to the best design for the locale, and it was produced. Various ideas extend all over the world by open design.

What design arises when it is your town?

KULUSKA slipper is developed to permit easy creation with the aim of "manufacturing that easy to make" and "manufacturing in accord with the size of their own sense"

Data of this leather slippers has become open . It is able to create by processing the laser cutter Various people be able to make KULUSKA slippers Even beginners will be able to create a beautiful leather slippers.

In Africa (Kenya), by Jens Divik and ARO FabLab to create by using the fish leather .There is also an episode that was a present to grandmother of President Obama.

In Japan, it was done in FabLab Kamakura, Flat FabLabsendai & Miyagi University, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Okayama, Nagoya (hacker space Nagoya), and Gifu (f.labo).

low cost prosthesis by alex schaub source files

build a low cost lower leg prosthesis using local material and the fablab methodology

Magic Mill by Ilan Moyer source files

The Magic Mill is a multi-purpose personal fabrication tool that will let people bring their fab lab with them, and explores new ways of interacting with fab tools. It has its roots in a long lineage of tools built by myself and others as part of the MTM project, including most recently the PopFab made in collaboration with Nadya Peek. The Magic Mill is very compact owing to its unique mechanical architecture. The machine is built around a vertical aluminum plate, constructed using similar techniques to the CoreXY frame of the PopFab, that acts as both the X and Z axes. This places the drive motors stationary and at the bottom where their weight helps stabilize the machine, and makes it natural to have a handle at the top of the machine for easy transportation. The final axis of motion is achieved by propelling a removeable pallet using a rack and pinion. This solves a typical issue with many machines which is that it is difficult to install and remove the workpiece within the cramped quarters of a machine tool. Instead, the table of the machine is first removed and can then be readily accessed. This has the additional perk of placing the third motor also in a stationary position at the bottom of the machine. All of these motors being so closely located to each other and to the control board results in quite simple wiring without cables everywhere. One interesting fact is that all of the aluminum plates, which together comprise the structure of the machine, nest during fabrication. Thus the majority of the machine can be made from a single piece of aluminum 220mm x 235mm.

Although the name of the tool is 'Magic Mill', its control system has been designed as a 'virtual machine' that is easily configured to support a wide variety of toolheads such as an extruder for 3D printing, a drag knife for vinyl cutting, a pen for drawing, and of course a spindle for milling. There is a network port on the machine where these toolheads can be attached to the control system. The machine is controlled from task-specific browser-based interfaces. For example, I have made a milling web app that generates toolpaths in the cloud and talks locally to the machine from the browser. This gives everybody a familiar and OS-independent way of using their machines, and most importantly integrates the last step of the digital fabrication process with the web, opening the door to new ways of sharing designs and machine settings across the Fab Lab Network.

Mr Beam by Philipp Engel source files

Mr Beam is an open source DIY laser cutter and engraver kit for paper, wood, plastic and other materials. It’s fun and easy to use.

OpenROV by David Lang source files

Open Source Underwater Robot

Poppy Project by Matthieu Lapeyre and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer source files

Overview

Poppy is the first complete open-source 3D printed humanoid platform. Robust and accessible, it allows scientists, students, geeks, engineers or artists to explore fast and easily the fabrication and programming of various robotic morphologies. Both hardware and software are open-source, and a web platform allows interdisciplinary contributions, sharing and collaborations.

Web: http://www.poppy-project.org

Poppy Project

The Poppy Project develops an open-source 3D printed humanoid platform based on robust, flexible, easy-to-use and reproduce hardware and software\footnote{Web page: \url{http://www.poppy-project.org}}. In particular, the use of 3D printing and rapid prototyping technologies is a central aspect of this project, and makes it easy and fast not only to reproducible the platform, but also to explore morphological variants. Poppy targets three domains of use: science, education and art.

Poppy was initially designed with a scientific objective. It was designed to be a new experimental platform opening the possibility to systematically study the role of morphology in sensorimotor control, in human-robot interaction and in cognitive development. Indeed, a suitable design of a robot morphology can greatly simplify control problems, increase robustness, and open new modes of interaction with the physical and social world. Thus, being able to study the body as an experimental variable, something which can be systematically changed and experimented, is of paramount importance. Yet, until recently it was complicated because building a robot relied on heavy and costly manufacturing techniques. 3D printing has changed the landscape of what is possible: Poppy Project transposed it to humanoid robotics, and it is now possible to explore new body shapes in just a few days. It enables and simplifies the experimentation, the reproduction and the modification of the morphology in research laboratories. It also allows collaborative working, sharing and replication of the results on these issues between laboratories. The ambition is to become a reference platform for benchmarking and dissemination of scientific results.

Thanks to the fact that it integrates advanced and yet easily accessible techniques in an embodiment that motivates students and the wider public, this platform also meets a growing societal need: education and training in technologies combining computer science, electronics and mechanics, as well as a training tool to the emergent revolutionary 3D printing process. With its openness, its design and its rather low-cost, Poppy provides a unique context for experimentation and learning of these technologies in a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) approach. Several experiences with Poppy in secondary, high schools, science museums and Fablabs in France and abroad are already underway and will be discussed in the incoming sections.

Finally, the possibility to easily modify both the hardware and the software also makes Poppy a useful tool for artistic projects working with interactive computerized installations.

Open-Source Robotic Platform

Poppy is the first complete 3D printed open-source and open-hardware humanoid robot. Its 3D printed skeleton and its Arduino-based electronics are open-hardware (Creative Commons). Its software is open-source (GPL V3), and allows programming beginners as well as advanced roboticists to control the robot in Python thanks to the PyPot library (www.poppy-project.org/pypot-library/). Its motors are common off-the-shell Robotis actuators (http://www.robotis.com/xe/dynamixel_en), and allow for compliant control and soft physical human-robot interaction. Poppy presents an original mechanical structure which permits to obtain one of the lightest robot with 3.5kg for 84cm height. Before the arrival of 3D printing techniques, this kind of complex structure was either impossible to produce or extremely expensive. Now, anyone can produce and modify such robot in their home using affordable personal 3D printers.

Several web tools support collaboration and sharing among members of the Poppy community: a portal web site (www.poppy-project.org), GitHub repositories for the hardware and software with associated wikis for documentation (www.github.com/poppy-project/), and a forum based on Discourse (www.discourse.org) technology (forum.poppy-project.org).

Case Studies

Science: Studying the Role of Morphology in Biped Locomotion

The geometry and distribution of mass in the body has complex influences on biped locomotion. Several studies have for example explored the role of the foot and ankle morphology for biped walking on both human and robot. However, to our best knowledge no research has focused on the role of the thigh for biped locomotion. Thanks to the conception of Poppy allowing easy, cheap and fast morphology modifications, we were able to experiment the impact of various thigh shapes on the robot dynamics. In particular, we have investigated the impact of a bio-inspired thigh, bended of 6\textsuperscript{o} and with a geometry inspired by humans, on the balance and biped locomotion and we have compared this design with a more traditional straight thigh. A few robots like HRP-4C and Kenshiro humanoid robots seem to visually have a morphology design close to the thigh shape of Poppy, but no comparative study of the role of this shape was presented so far.

Experiments conducted with Poppy have shown that the bio-inspired thigh allows the reduction of falling speed by almost 60\% (single support phase) and the decrease of the lateral motion needed for the mass transfer from one foot to the other by 30\% (double support phase). We also conducted an experiment where the robot walks on a treadmill and we have measured that the bended thigh reduces the upper body motion by about 45\% indicating a more stable walk. \

Education: Learning to Build Poppy in a Science Museum

On march 22th & 23th 2014, UniverSciences\footnote{Paris museum of sciences and technologies} organized a hackathon for the general public around the assembly of a Poppy robot (see \figurename~\ref{fig:poppy_universience}). It involved 15 robotic enthusiasts, from children to adults. Participants were dispatched around several workshops during the two days. While a group was dedicated to the actual assembly of the different Poppy parts, others were exploring how to program the robot with the Python software or working on designing and 3D printing hardware improvements. Aside the workshops around Poppy, several presentations and conferences about robotics were set-up. In this context, participants are not only spectators of a scientific mediation act but also actors.

In two days, this group of new users, self-trained using online documentation have been able to build from scratch the whole robot and make it move using the Pypot library. They even designed a new original semi-passive solution for the ankle joint, as well as a robot helmet which was 3D printed and assembled within the time of the workshop. This experiment did not only show that the platform was easily usable in an educational context with users of all ages, and was rebuildable in two days by a little group, but it also showed high educational value as testified by users and educators (see https://forum.poppy-project.org/t/poppy-project-at-la-cite-des-sciences-et-de-lindustrie/).

Art: Movements with a Dancer

The artist community is a rich source of inspiration and can provide new perspectives to scientific and technological questions. This complementarity is a great opportunity that we want to enforce in the Poppy project by making the robot accessible to non-robotic-expert users. The first experimentation of the use of Poppy in an art project was an artist residency entitled "Êtres et Numérique". Led by the artists (Comacina Capsule Creative, http://www.comacina.org/) Amandine Braconnier (mixed media artist) and Marie-Aline Villard (dancer-researcher), supported by the Fabrik Pola and the Aquitaine Région, this contemporary art project focused on the way to express emotions through robotic body movement in physical interaction with a human dancer. This work took the form of a seven day art-science residency involving members of the Poppy project and the artists. During the residency, the ease of programming through the Pypot library permitted to design a simple interface allowing the dancer to physically sculpt novel movements, which softness could be dynamically controlled. This residency took part in a French high school (Lycée Saintonge, Bordeaux) and was also an educational experiment where young students participated to workshops where they explored Poppy movements and physical interaction with the robot.

The residency restitution was a contemporary art dance performance involving poetic choreography, alternating phases of autonomous robot movements and passive robot movements provoked by the dancer. A trailer can be viewed on https://vimeo.com/92281019.

Authors: Matthieu Lapeyre, Pierre Rouanet, Jonathan Grizou, Steve Nguyen, Fabien Depraetre, Alexandre Le Falher, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, Flowers Laboratory, Inria, France Team web site: htty://flowers.inria.fr Flowers Laboratory is a public research laboratory at Inria, France.

Risha laser cutter by Moushira Elamrawy source files

RISHAmeaning feather is a portable, opensource, low power laser cutter that works via tablet or mobile phone. Cuts and engraves fabric, leather, paper. Ideal for craftsmen, artists, hobbiest, and small bussiness. More info on www.reshalaser.org

Roboarm by ADEBOLA Simeon Oluwafunmilore source files

A 5 tethered robotic arm was built using transparent perspex for its frame and stripped motors from old TV antennas and children toys, emphasizing re-usability and sustainability.

Apart from the gripper motor, every other motor is capable of 360 degrees angular movement if needed. It is controlled using a novel method of light emission from a computer screen. The light emitted is picked up by a sensor array, attached to the screen,made up of Light Dependent Resistors(LDRs). This method totally bypasses the USB port or any need to program it.

The robotic arm is the first step in an iterative process whose intended end is a cheap, indigenous locally sourced robotic arm kit to be used for educational purposes.

The total cost of roboarm is 7930 Naira = 36 Euros (Approximate value based on rate 1 Euro = 221 Naira).

Roboarm can be used to introduce the following concepts to students: Mechanics, Electronics, Computer programming, Sustainability. The current model can be built from scratch also helping to convey do-it-yourself (DIY) skills to the children.

The robotic arm emerged as the only African entry and Winner in the African Robotic Network (AFRON) 2012 "10 Dollar Robot Design Challenge".

Rootless - wooden bike by Enrico Bassi source files

Wood is an amazing "high performance" material. it's the first composite used by humanity and it's easy to work with CNC machines.

We choose sustainable and certified materials, because we believe that the best approach is to know the needs and satisfy them locally.

The frame is entirely made using a CNC router, small details are in lasercut plywood, and we are working on 3D printed accessories.

This design is very resistant and durable thanks to the fiber direction and the joints geometry. The material used guarantees a good repairability and personalization.

In the tutorial page we did our best to collect all the knoledge collected during this project. We hope someone else is goning to bring on our project. That's why everything is released in Creative Commons (CC BY-SA-NC 4.0 international).

The projects started inside the Fablab Torino, the hub where the members of the team met and worked at the beginning. We brought on the fablab philosophy, uploading the 3D complete files of the frame, describe how we did it, posting the work-in-progress and designing something completely customizable.

more info at rootless.tk

Smart Citizen by Tomas Diez source files

Smart Citizen is a platform to generate participatory processes of the people in the cities. Connecting data, people and knowledge, the objective of the platform is to serve as a node for building productive open indicators and distributed tools, and thereafter the collective construction of the city for its own inhabitants. The Smart Citizen project is based on geolocation, Internet and free hardware and software for data collection and sharing ( Smart Citizen Kit - SCK , RESTful api, Mobile App and, the web community

The Human to Human Interface by Timothy Marzullo source files

We allow the muscle activity of one person to control the muscle activity of another person. Using an open-source electromyography amplifier shield we have developed, paired with the Arduino MicroController, we can activate a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator. Thus, when one person contracts a muscle, we amplify the electrical activity in the muscle, and we use this electrical activity to turn on a muscle stimulator, allowing another person's muscles to contract similarly.

the Layer Chair by Jens Dyvik source files

An open source parametric chair that has been reproduced in at least 36 different iterations in FabLabs across the globe, and downloaded more than 2000 times. Originally made as an educative example of making comfortable and aesthetically pleasing furniture. It is also an exploration tool for large scale scale parametric and organic surfaces. So far the goal of transferring knowledge and inspiring people to furnish their labs and lives with their own personal fabrication has been surprisingly successful, and the Layer Chair has recently been added to the permanent collection of Centre national des arts plastiques in Paris, France.

The Rolling Piano by Vaneza Caycho Ñuflo source files

The rolling piano is an interactive musical furniture for children. This design is composed of a circular structure. This structure contains 16 keyboards, each will have a push buttom to generate light and sounds of musical notes. This furniture seeks to stimulate creative area of a child through different interaction techniques, as well as knowledge of basic musical notes distributed LED buttons. In this way, the child will develop their skills and creative experiences and awaken their musical skills, stimulating sensory area through the senses, the child will receive the first information through visual, auditory and tactile actions that constitute the basic processes of knowledge, touching, seeing and exploring. The second phase of my project will generate music learning as clues for children to learn some songs and play with the keyboards becoming a musical furniture.

Toowheels by Fabrizio source files

Toowheels is a DIY sport wheelchair

TRADITIONAL LOOM by Walter gonzales arnao source files

  I AM Walter Gonzales designed and manufactured a low-cost digital loom that optimizes 60% of the production of a traditional loom, resulting in greater efficiency for both the creation of materials, and the fabrication and installation of the loom. Este diseño ayuda a mi region en sud america to improve the work of artisans; Multiculturalism: Latin America is filled with a vast range of traditional processes and old techniques : textiles, jewelry, carving, etc., with 80% of the PEA (economic active population) linked to handicrafts and small-scale industry.

my project that involve digital manufacturing, optimizing mechanical procedures to provide more time to artisan/producers to invest in creative processes, directly affecting the value of their products and improving their quality of life. There have been multiple projects created with multiculturalism in mind.

This project is a bridge between the ancient Latin American textile culture and technology of digital fabrication. so production levels of the artisans is improved using the fab lab version en español YO SOY Walter Gonzales diseñado y fabricado un telar digital de bajo costo que optimiza 60% de la producción de un telar tradicional, lo que resulta en una mayor eficiencia tanto para la creación de materiales, y la fabricación y la instalación del telar. Este Diseño Ayuda a mi región en sud america para mejorar el trabajo de los artesanos; Multiculturalismo: América Latina está llena de una gran variedad de procesos tradicionales y técnicas antiguas: textiles, joyería, talla, etc, con el 80% de la PEA (población económicamente activa) vinculados a la artesanía y la pequeña industria.

 mi proyecto que implica la fabricación digital, optimización de procedimientos mecánicos para proporcionar más tiempo para artesanos / productores a invertir en procesos creativos, lo que afecta directamente el valor de sus productos y mejorar su calidad de vida. Ha habido varios proyectos creados con el multiculturalismo en mente.

Este proyecto es un puente entre la antigua cultura textil de América Latina y de la tecnología de fabricación digital. por lo que los niveles de producción de los artesanos se mejora mediante el Fab Lab

Ultimaker 3D printer by Joris van Tubergen source files

Starting with a masterclass for building a RepRap, ProtoSpace Labmanagers soon began to research and improve on the design of this first open source printer, resulting in what is now known as the Ultimaker Original. Ultimaker became a spin-off company, becoming an enterprise independent of the ProtoSpace FabLab, but maintaining its close connection. Since the first RepRap Masterclasses, ProtoSpace continued to organize meetings and Masterclasses for 3D print enthousiasts to share knowledge. With these 'Ulti-evenings' and masterclasses, ProtoSpace builds and maintains a strong off-line community dedicated to (spreading the knowlegde about) 3D printing.

Files: To build your own Ultimaker Original: BOM and Parts: https://github.com/Ultimaker/UltimakerOriginal Wiki manual: all the instructions you need

Pics: An album from back in the days where the Original was still called 'Protobox': https://www.flickr.com/photos/protospace/sets/72157625010960638/ For more up to date fancy material you can download the press kit at: https://www.ultimaker.com/pages/company/press-kit

Want to take a trip down memory lane? Look at the first posts at http://tinyurl.com/umgooglegroups

W.Afate 3D printer by Afate Gnikou source files

First "Made in Africa" and with e-waste 3D printer... Africa's first 3D printer is a strictly local project that has enjoyed rapid international success: two successful crowdfunding campaigns and an original vision developed for NASA (W.Afate to Mars) awarded on the 2013 Space Apps Challenge. With W.Afate we are in the presence of a fact quite unique in several respects: 1. Furthermore, that this is one of the few times that Africa is in a position of not being a lot distanced on an emerging technology. 2. There also has to considerthis position very interesting that this is the first functional machine that is built on the waste of other machines... 3. Finally, we must emphasize this we have here a product closely tied to Technologyl Democracy ethic governing woelab and witch would not see the day without the logistical and human resources of the community to which the inventor belongs. In fact W.Afate is a collaborative project. A magnificent symbol of the power of co-creation spaces and one of the first all-African example of the contemporary movement of 'Commons' With several original programs already driven (# 3DprinTogo Conferences; 3Dprint Cyber-Cafés; 3DprintEducative, etc) the W.Afate is now at the heart of what seems a real vision of development for Africa.

Sensors for Global Development Finalists

Fresh Air in Benin by Marco Zennaro source files

We are developing a network of air quality sensors in Benin. There are few air quality sensors in Africa, while the problem of pollution is relevant in many big cities. Some pictures are available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zennaro/sets/72157645018270403/

Growerbot by Luke Iseman source files

Growerbot will use open-source hardware and software coupled with mobile technology to create smarter gardens, allowing people everywhere to grow more food with less work. Our solar-powered soil sensors and irrigation controllers share data over wireless connections, allowing growers to monitor all of the most essential environmental criteria for plants. As more users share data, we'll be able to help predict crop disease outbreaks earlier, quantify the benefits of sustainable farming practices, and fundamentally advance our understanding of how best to grow food in the real world.

Hydroino, the sensor buoy by Raúl Bardají source files

Hydroino is a prototype of a low-cost, Arduino-based buoy for the monitoring of natural-water quality, that environmental-science grad students and do-it-yourself sea enthusiasts can build. Thanks to the real-time component of the monitoring, the participation of the citizens, the development and implementation in existing low-cost prototypes, Hydroino is offering a unique opportunity to monitor noise in relation, for example to the impact of sounds of oil and gas explorations on belugas, bowhead whales and other sea life, and on seismic instability. The Hydroino idea was inspired by the Citclops European project [http://www.citclops.eu/], in which scientists, looking to encourage undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate interest in sea monitoring, came up with a design for a low-cost buoy that could be built entirely from cheap components or prepackaged kits and by the LIDO program [http://www.listentothedeep.net/]. The result is a water-resistant box measuring about 13 x 13 x 20 centimeters, just large enough to fit a basic, open-source electronics prototyping platform and communications payload, and a battery. Sensors, which measure the noise in the water, are connected via cable to the box. The buoy is capable of connecting via ZigBee to a mobile device, so that data gathered in the water can be collected wirelessly. The small size means that Hydroino can be put into the sea using a common deployment system, thus bringing deployment costs down to a bare minimum that make it feasible for a group of dedicated hobbyists in a university lab or even a high school to afford. All told, a Hydroino can be built and deployed for about 180 €, an unheard-of price for getting anything into monitoring the sea.

Links about prior, related work:

· Photos: https://www.facebook.com/marduinoproject/photos_stream

· Videos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7o86afq1smwxwbp/AAC-dTdoiKgmJEYKSDqKtqt1a

· Articles: http://www.citclops.eu/the-project/news-events/blue-info-days-great-success/detail_news=0032_000006_000000 Links about prior, related work:

· Photos: https://www.facebook.com/marduinoproject/photos_stream

· Videos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7o86afq1smwxwbp/AAC-dTdoiKgmJEYKSDqKtqt1a

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MoMo (mobile monitor) by Ben Armstrong source files

MoMo attaches to infrastructure (e.g. water pumps, power lines) in the developing world and measures how well it is performing. It uses sensors to collect performance data and GSM to transmit the data using the mobile network. The hardware is modular, allowing it to support various communication channels (e.g. WiFi, Zigbee) or power sources (e.g. wall power, battery rechargeable by solar panel) with the same core components.

Nano Plasmonics Biosensors by Reza Abbaspour source files

The scope of this project is designing a nano-scale optical sensor for detecting organic molecules as well as pathogens through employing an optical effect, called Plasmonics. Plasmonic effect is basically a result of light and matter interactions, happening when white light hits surface of a thin film metal. In this project, any bio molecule of interest can be detected by this sensor which opens up a wide range of applications from medical diagnostics to environmental monitoring systems.

Safecast by Sean Bonner source files

Safecast is a global project working to empower people with data, primarily by mapping radiation levels and building a sensor network, enabling people to both contribute and freely use the data collected.

Idea Challenge

3D Printed Prosthetics by Katie Rast source files

The Gladius prosthetic is a multi-terrain prosthetic for below-the-knee amputees. It allows people to quickly adjust the prosthetic (unlike other devices), and it can be used across multiple terrain types, for running or walking. This project has been in development at the Fab Lab in San Diego with Andre Szucs, with advising from Allen McAfee and Katie Rast. We worked together to design and 3D print the fairing - the exterior cover of the device that adds a more natural form to the prosthetic, allows for experimentation with materials, and can be customized in terms of form or aesthetics. / Robohand is an international open design project that has allowed custom prosthetics to be developed with a 3D printer for a very low cost. The Robohand at the Fab Lab San Diego was created in-house on our 3D printer, and spearheaded by a young Maker named Gabriel Jacobs, a talented 15-year-old community member. The hand has articulating fingers and can be customized for fit. The project represents a larger purpose in terms of our team's desire to work on the development of better and more accessible prosthetics. Towards that aim, we have registered our site to be one that people can access in order to develop the prosthetic for free.

Barcelona 3D printed UAV by Jonatan source files

This ETSEIAT aerospace vehicles degree final projecte is the study of the feasibility of the rapid manufacturing systems in the UAV applications. Reprap BCN 3D printer was the selected technology and the project develops a methodology for designing and manufacture a biodegradable PLA material UAV. Result is a new concept of fuselage in order to compete in weight with traditional tech and boom 100% 3D printing tech capabilities . Barcelona 3d printed UAV is 1500mm wingspan, 1000mm fuse length and only 845g OEW. Made in my home bathroom with CAD software under student license, 3D printer (740€) and 1 PLA filament coil (19€).

INSITU by FABIO LOPEZ source files

INSITU is an initiative founded by Blokcad Lab and uAbureau in 2011 to implement projects that investigate the informal development of cities, its non-consolidated urban spaces and auto-construction processes. Its central objective is to explore how the ecological and the social environments of the City can be merged to create new and unforeseen landscapes. Through a series of ongoing workshops, lectures and events, the program is directed to students, professionals and communities working in art, architecture, design and its related fields.

INSITU is structured around a social and technological platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration, not only within their City but also, between neighbourhoods and communities all over the world. Working with academic institutions, private industry, community groups, and designers from a wide-cross section of disciplines, we aim to create intelligent relationships between the inhabitants, the consumers and the producers of our cities.

KNOX Medical Diagnostics by Charvi Shetty source files

Portable spirometer with a mobile interface that objectively tracks asthma severity to allow for a personalized and real-time action plan.

Range SDR1: OpenBTS Software-Defined Radio by John Callon source files

Publicly available, open source software-defined radio designs for a low cost software-defined transceiver for OpenBTS-based mobile network base stations, helping makers and labs create their own cell networks for experimentation, promoting software- and Internet-based innovation in mobile services and applications, and increasing access to mobile infrastructure for the 2 billion persons without access today by evolving to standardized, non-proprietary hardware for radio access networks.

The full schematics, layout files and bill of materials required to build an advanced software-defined radio are available for free download at OpenBTS.org

The Range SDR1 is not a general purpose radio, it is the only open source transceiver designed specifically for cellular base stations running OpenBTS. The transceiver supports all GSM bands, provides advanced filtering and allows for a streamlined base station with a reduced, low-cost bill of materials.

Reaccion.net [Red de Acción Comunitaria] by Carlos Eduardo Valladares García source files

Reaccion.net es una Red de Acción Comunitaria la cual hace uso de un dispositivo electrónico que facilita la comunicación y coordinación de comunidades en caso de siniestros, canalizando eficazmente la información de alerta temprana y necesidades básicas durante y después de una emergencia. Utiliza un canal de comunicación alternativo dentro de una red inalámbrica de comunicación descentralizada que genera información que se comparte en una red P2P (peer-to-peer), permitiendo comunicar, recolectar y consolidar información en tiempo real de las evaluaciones tras un siniestro. Así, es posible conocer la situación de los habitantes de comunidades durante las primeras 12 horas tras un desastre, facilitando la toma de decisiones de ayuda humanitaria dentro de un área geográfica.

Reaccion.net is a Community Action Network which makes uses an electronic device that facilitates communication and coordination of communities in case of disasters, effectively directing early-warning information and basic needs during and after an emergency. It utilizes an alternative communication channel within a wireless decentralized network which generates information that is shared in a P2P (peer-to-peer) network, allowing to communicate, gather and analize real-time information of the assessment after a disaster. With this, it is possible to know the situation of inhabitants in communities during the first 12 hours after a disaster, making easy humanitarian relief decisions within a given geographical area.

THE MANUAL HAEMATOCRIT CENTRIFUGE by DR OLUYOMBO AWOJOBI source files

The first model of the manual haematocrit centrifuge was fabricated using the rear wheel of a bicycle.(Figure 1). The pedal to rear wheel ratio is 2. The diameter of the rear wheel is 63cm and that of the pulley of the rotor is 1.4cm giving a pedal to rotor ratio of 90. The radius of the capillary tube holder, the rotor, is 10.5cm.(Figure 2) The rotor (Figure 3) can hold 10 microhaematocrit sodalime glass tubes {(Na-heparinized 80 iu/mL) – Model 161313 NRIS (product of Modulhm A/S. 6-8 Vasekaer, DK – 2730 Herlev, Denmark} and will revolve at 5 400 rpm (equivalent to a centrifugal force of 3360g) with 60 turns of the pedal per minute. Figure 4 shows the schematic diagram of the rotor. A wide-faced electronic clock with a second hand is placed in front of the cyclist and using two pedals, it is fairly easy to maintain 60 revolutions of the pedal per minute for 5 minutes. The string belt connecting the wheel to the rotor pulley is adapted from the commercial motor fan belt. Comparative haematocrit readings using the standard electric centrifuge as control have shown no significant difference.

A reviewer of the article on the device published in TROPICAL DOCTOR5 wrote;
‘the author is to be congratulated for designing this piece of equipment’. He went on: ‘I admire the ingenuity’. When we ran out of plasticine for sealing the capillary tubes, the cheap and readily available candle wax has proved just as effective.6

  1. Awojobi O A The manual haematocrit centrifuge. Tropical Doctor 2002; 32: 168.
  2. Awojobi OA and Muyibi SA Letter. When there is no plasticine Tropical Doctor 2002; 32: 250.

  SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM OF THE ROTOR

W.Afate 3D printer by Afate Gnikou source files

First "Made in Africa" and with e-waste 3D printer... Africa's first 3D printer is a strictly local project that has enjoyed rapid international success: two successful crowdfunding campaigns and an original vision developed for NASA (W.Afate to Mars) awarded on the 2013 Space Apps Challenge. With W.Afate we are in the presence of a fact quite unique in several respects: 1. Furthermore, that this is one of the few times that Africa is in a position of not being a lot distanced on an emerging technology. 2. There also has to considerthis position very interesting that this is the first functional machine that is built on the waste of other machines... 3. Finally, we must emphasize this we have here a product closely tied to Technologyl Democracy ethic governing woelab and witch would not see the day without the logistical and human resources of the community to which the inventor belongs. In fact W.Afate is a collaborative project. A magnificent symbol of the power of co-creation spaces and one of the first all-African example of the contemporary movement of 'Commons' With several original programs already driven (# 3DprinTogo Conferences; 3Dprint Cyber-Cafés; 3DprintEducative, etc) the W.Afate is now at the heart of what seems a real vision of development for Africa.

Special Commendation Projects

Ecomappers by Gaurang Shetty source files

The project envisages the collection of data about dust, CO, air quality, noise levels and temperature & humidity across various cities. Also, it provides various solutions to curb the respective pollutant.

The kit will map the pollution levels real time and send the data to "google maps". eg: if ‘A’ wants to travel to ‘ Bandra, Mumbai ’. A would use a mobile phone to check the pollution level of that area. He would go to google maps, click on the area ‘ Bandra, Mumbai ’. This would pop a small window which will notify him about the pollution levels and suggest him a suitable time to travel and avoid intense pollution.

We can provide pollution updates, like we get traffic updates.

Enabling the Future by Jon Schull, Nick Parker, Kachina Gosselin source files

A network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the World a "Helping Hand." ... What originally started out as a couple of guys who created a 3D printed hand to help one child in need…has grown into a World wide Global Community of tinkerers, engineers, 3D print enthusiasts, occupational therapists, university professors, designers, parents, families, artists, students, teachers and people who just want to make a difference…who are creating hands for people in need and sharing their designs with the World for free. They are coming together to create, innovate, re-design and give a “Helping hand” to those that need it – whether it is helping to print parts for them, creating a completed device for them or simply helping to guide them as they build one themselves.

Fab Social by Alex Garcia source files

The technological capabilities of digital fabrication such as 3D printers, vinyl cutters and routers, are increasingly available to the general public. These technologies are likely to be used as teaching aids for cognitive development, ie, the support for the development of skills in an increasingly technological world. The Fab Social is a digital inclusion project that uses digital fabrication and computation to promote " the technology beyond facebook" in low income communities . This project has promoted workshops about the construction of an individual expression of knowledge, or a "way to think" using basics Fab Lab technologies such as 3D printers, mini routers and a vinyl cutter. Elements of programming, robotics, and digital fabrication are addressed in the form of short talks and practical activities provoking a debate among participants ( generally kids from nine years old) about the importance of school subjects, the use of the computer as a support of knowledge, troubleshooting and assistance tool to reasoning .

In fact, the Fab Social aim is to show to the kids from low income communities, others activities to self development than only the football, facebook, or illegal acts . To do that, we use the Fab Lab technologies to "wake" them to the school's subjects, ie, giving a meaning to the math, science and the portuguese language. Most of the kids speak in slangs, and showing Fab Labs technology and others projects from kids' , we convinced them to try to change themselves' vision and behavior about the school. All workshops are free and only open softwares are used. Currently, the project was supported by the technological departament from Guarulhos city hall located in Brazil.

Grove Sensors by Meijian Fan source files

Grove is a modular, ready-to-use tool set. Just like Lego, it takes a building block approach which enables you to assemble a project in an easier way compared to breadboard and other various electronic components.


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