Digi-Fabrication

Digi-Fabrication, Laser Cutting, Workshops

FABberz + Google Ideas + 23 students = Lots of fun in July!

This July, the FABberz Learn + Design + Make workshop division is collaborating with Google Ideas at FABberz lab.nyc.  Google will be bringing 23 middle school students on a technology field trip to the lab.  The students will learn about digital fabrication and its connection to the tech world.  Teams will form to customize wooden shelving structures using laser cutting and etching.  The FABberz To-Go iPhone app along with scanning and live trace techniques will be implemented in order to create laser templates that the students will cut, etch, and take home with them. Stay tuned for photos of the workshop and student creations!

DIA workshops, Digi-Fabrication, DIY, Laser Cutting, Workshops

4.16 + 4.17 Tectonic Tiles workshop

This is the last call for registration to this weekend's tectonic tiles workshop at FABberz lab.nyc (Saturday and Sunday).  The workshop will explore different tiling methods used by M.C. Escher, and introduce parametric tile creation using Rhino + Grasshopper.  Tile molds will be laser cut and casted in plaster, and participants will leave the 2 day workshop with their own fabricated tiles.  Included in the $175 workshop fee is a 2-hour laser cutting FABpass which will never expire! Some Rhino experience is recommended, and for those who wish to be introduced to Rhino for the first time, we suggest attending the optional rhino introduction on Friday, April 15th, from 6:30pm - 9:30pm ($50).  No experience is necessary for Grasshopper.

REGISTER HERE! or call us for registration by phone at 646-781-9448.

 

DIA workshops, Digi-Fabrication, Laser Cutting, Workshops

LEARN + DESIGN + MAKE /// Workshops + Classes!

FABberz lab.nyc is happy to announce the launch of a new workshop series aimed at teaching digital design methods and translating them into physical, fabricated objects.  The first 4 workshops scheduled for Spring 2011 will be weekend workshops (Saturday + Sunday) with optional 1 day Rhino Introduction Courses the Friday before each scheduled workshop. Register Here

Poster PDF: learn+design+make

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Day 11 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

Este foi  o último dia do Dia Phase 1 Workshop no Rio. Foi uma exeriência incrível e maravilhosa, fonte de grande aprendizado,   troca de idéias e conhecimento! Os participantes apresentaram exelentes projetos. E um time terá a chance de ir  em Julho no Workshop que acontecerá em São Paulo.  Em breve, será anunciado o vencedor.

This was the last day of Dia Phase 1 Workshop in Rio. It was an incredible opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge.  The teams presented excellent projects and were given feedback for their REWARD BRIEF & DIA BRIEF proposals.   One team will have the chance to go to the AA (Architectural Association) Visiting School Workshop in Sao Paulo in July - this will be announced later in the week.

DIA workshops, Digi-Fabrication, FABberz tools, Workshops

Day 9 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

Hoje foi um dia muito agitado no laboratório de maquetes em Botafogo.Alguns times terminaram os seus projetos, converteram os seus arquivos  em Cad  e imprimiram os componentes de seus produtos à laser, utilizando materiais como MDF, polipropileno ou a combinação de ambos.  Luminárias interessantíssimas foram criadas e teve início a fabricação de fôrmas de tecido para o projeto em escala urbana.

Today, many things happened at the fabrication lab in Botafogo. Some teams finished their projects in Rhino + Grasshopper and decided on specific variation for laser cutting.  Grilling was used as the primary fabrication method, and materials included MDF, Polypropylene, or a combination of both.  Students also began to sew molds for fabric form prototypes which would become tests for their DIA brief proposals.

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Day 7 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

As tarefas foram transmitidas e os trabalhos continuam no instituto Infnet. Os participantes se empenham cada vez mais na elaboração dos projetos da fruteira ou luminária e agora na estratégia urbana  para as favelas.

Everybody already knows about all the instructions for each project. They continue to work hard on the "REWARD BRIEF" to create a lamp or a fruit bowl.  At the same time, each student begins to dig deeper for the "DIA BRIEF", developing urban strategies for the "favelas".

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Day 6 – DIA workshop: Rio de Janeiro

O dia começou com a visita ao morro da Providência, um cenário bastante heterogênio com suas casas, cores, sua gente e principalmente muitas histórias. A Providência apresenta problemas sociais gravíssimos que prejudicam a sua imagem, mas ao mesmo tempo, uma beleza muito peculiar e uma vivacidade dificilmente encontrada em outros lugares. Os times deveriam investigar situações que poderiam ser mudadas diante da proximidade dos Jogos Olímpicos de 2016.

À tarde, todos foram ao Instituto Infnet continuar os projetos, já melhor embasados com a visita à Providência.  Lá, Raquel e josiah deram mais detalhes e explicações à respeito da etapa de Fabricação que estava por vir: cada time teria que fabricar um produto que simbolizasse a sua estratégia urbana para as favelas, utilizando concreto ou gesso e tecido para fazer a fôrma.

The Day began with the visit to Providência, a "favela" in Rio de Janeiro. A very heterogeneous place composed with houses, colors, people and many stories. Providência has  several social problems, but at the same time, a very different beauty and a great vivacity exist there.  The teams are to investigate specific conditions which they identify as being "hot spots for change" on the run up to the 2016 Olympic Games.

In the afternoon, everybody went to Infnet Institute. They continued back into the digital realm of the projects, after a great day in Providência.  Raquel and Josiah gave more details about the next stage: Fabrication of a prototype. Each team should fabricate a product that represents their urban strategy in the favela.  They should use concrete or plaster and fabric to make the mold.

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Day 5 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

Hoje deu-se prosseguimento aos projetos de design da fruteira e da luminária. E uma nova proposta foi lançada. Tomando como base o contexto social e urbano, retratado pelas  favelas cariocas e diante de fatos atuais como a cidade do Rio de Janeiro ter sido escolhida para sediar as Olímpiadas e a Copa do mundo, é feito o seguinte desafio aos participantes: cada time deve pensar em algum tipo de recurso arquitetônico ou urbano capaz de auxiliar a cidade neste momento importante. A fim de embasar melhor a todos nesta etapa, Bruno Queiroz, arquiteto da Prefeitura e Verônica Natividade, arquiteta participante da organização do workshop, preparam uma palestra abordando o tema  "Assentamentos irregulares , Favela - Bairro e outros programas". Today, the teams continued to develop the fruitbowls  and  lamps.   They discovered a new brief and a new challenge. According to the current social and urban context in the  favelas and current events like Olympic Games in Rio , they must create something to help the city at this important moment.  Bruno Queiroz  and Verônica Natividade were invited to start a debate about Irregular settlement intervention in Rio de Janeiro.

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DAY 2 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

First  visit to Luciano's lab in Botafogo. Primeira visita ao laboratório do Luciano.

Groups Grupos

Introduction to Grasshopper. Introdução ao Grasshopper.

Started the first stage of the competition: a lamp or a fruit bowl design. Começou o 1º estágio da competição: o design de uma luminária ou uma fruteira.

Raquel and Josiah explain the brief. Raquel e Josiah explicam as proximas tarefas.

CNC Milling, Digi-Fabrication, DIY

DIY LILCNC

self potrait of DIY LILCNC made with a ballpoint pen attachment

Milling Sample: Hardwood

Milling Sample: Foam

DIY LILCNC is an open source set of plans and instructions to build a DIY fully functional CNC milling machine for the price of $700. Made of laser cut MDF pieces, 3 motors, a dremel, circuit boards, and local parts from McMaster Carr, it is possible for anyone with the resources to build their own DIY LILCNC.

CNC devices are used to fabricate physical objects with a high degree of precision. Some CNC devices, including the DIYLILCNC, feature a gantry-mounted cutting tool (like a router) that can move in two or more directions. The operation of the tool is controlled by a computer, which is tasked with translating a digital design into actual tool movement

Created by Chris Reilly and Taylor Hokanson, two Chicago based artists who also teach at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Plans and instructions for building the DIYLILCNC are distributed freely and intended for wide distribution and modification with few restrictions. The plans are formatted to facilitate easy fabrication, especially for beginners. The DIYLILCNC can be built by an individual, a student group, or a class. Besides being immensely fun, building the DIY LIL CNC is a great way to learn about motion control and CAD/CAM/CAE.

The plans and instructions can be found on their site:  http://diylilcnc.org/

Digi-Fabrication, DIY

Aerated Chairs

0tofuchair The Tofu Chair by Yu-Ying Wu

The chair looks like a large block a tofu surrounded with various sized perforations. The placement of the perforations are carefully calculated with the large triangles at the top-front-center to create an armchair-like shape when compressed by the human body. The chair is made of high density foam that is Environmentally friendly and conforms and adjusts to any body weight or posture of the person sitting on it.  The chair is inspired by plant cells and has won the Red Dot Design Award. http://www.cctv.com/english/special/news/20091026/103440.shtml

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SuperFoam Chair by Rich Gilbert

SuperFoam is a re-creation of naturally occurring reticulated foam structures through a casting process that facilitates designing the properties of the foam itself. By developing the casting process the properties of the foam could be controlled so the chair flexed and deformed to create a supportive structure.

Video of Casting Process :

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http://www.richgilbert.com/index.php?/designs/superform/

3d Printing, Digi-Fabrication

Gaudi Stool

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gaudi_3Gaudi Stool by Bram Geenen www.bramgeenen.com

The Gaudi stool designed by Dutch designer Bram Geenen is based on the catenary curve that when reversed a strong form for taking compression forces emerges. The stool consists of a thin shell structure and a beam-grid substructure that resists the bending of the shell, made of carbon fiber. Using the technique of rapid prototyping the complexity was achieved creating a lightweight stool weighing only 1 kg. Stool is made of carbon composite and polyamide.

Digi-Fabrication, Laser Cutting

Floral steel works of Tord Boontje

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Tord Boontje - Petit Jardin Bench and "Wednesday Lights" Garland lighting

Tord Boontje is an industrial designer who has created a variety of products from textiles, furniture, lighting, to installations. His work  is "known to temper edges with softness, borrowing inspiration from nature, and employ a decor of forms and layers to engage and entice with the observer's imagination and emotions." Tord Boontje Studio www.tordboontje.com

The Petit Jardin Bench is made of laser-cut steel, zinc and powder coated, suitable for outdoor use, bent and fixed together creating a bench that gives off a garden-like feel. The Bench is a a limited piece produced exclusively by the artist. Image: www.mossonline.com

Wednesday Lights  is a laser-cut stainless steel that is wrapped around a pendant light fixture. Image: www.bmgallery.co.uk

3d Printing, Digi-Fabrication

Fractal Table

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Fractal Table by Platform- Wertel, Oberfell

This Fractal table is based on fractal growth patterns found in nature that can be created through mathematics algorithms. The bottom base of the table starts off as large branches that splits into branches that create a fairly regular ornate pattern forming the surface of the table. The table is produced by Materialise with Matthias Bär as a single piece SLA in epoxy resin, and was first introduced in Milan 2008.

Images from www.platform-net.com/

AA, Digi-Fabrication, DIY, IaaC, Laser Cutting, Open Source [OS]

FABberz cofounder + Pablo Rica Runner Up for [AA FAB RESEARCH CLUSTER]

IMAGE FABberz cofounder Josiah Barnes and his partner, Pablo Rica are runners up for the AA FAB RESEARCH CLUSTER competition with their project, MUSCULAR SYNERGY.

http://www.aa-fab.net/

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FROM THE SITE:

The FAB Research Cluster at the Architectural Association in London announces the results of the 2009 AA|FAB Awards. The Award theme was ‘Designing Fabrication’ and the jury was interested in recently built projects that exemplify the innovative integration of design and fabrication processes through digitally driven design systems and protocols, and whose completion contributes to an international discourse on the use of emerging design and fabrication technologies.

Entries were received from all over the world including the UK, Spain, Austria, US, Canada, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Australia. Due to the uneven distribution of entries across the categories suggested in the brief, the jury decided to reorganise all submissions into either INTERIOR or EXTERIOR groups.  Accordingly, it was agreed to reallocate the prize money into six awards, with a first prize of £1500 and two runners-up of £750 for each group.

The jury met on Thursday 11 June and was impressed by the extremely high standard and diversity of the submitted work. After four hours of deliberation they unanimously selected the following schemes for awards:

EXTERIOR SECTION

FIRST PRIZE: RE-PURPOSE POLITICAL PLY Jason Griffiths

RUNNER UP: THE MORNING LINE Matthew Ritchie with Aranda/Lasch and Daniel Bosia

RUNNER UP: MUSCULAR SYNERGY Josiah Barnes and Pablo Rica

INTERIOR SECTION

FIRST PRIZE: CEILING CLOUD Andrew Vrana, Joe Meppelink and Scott Marble

RUNNER UP: GREEN VOID Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck, LAVA

RUNNER UP: ALLOTROPIC SYSTEM Nicholas Bruscia

The six award recipients will present their work at an AA|FAB conference during London Design Festival week from 19-27 September. A further eighteen entries have been selected for exhibition in September.