Here’s the making of- clip of the dancing man robot. Although the project is still very much under construction, it gives a good clue where it’s going…
Ok, one could argue that it is cheeting, but before the PrinterPrinter is ready, I thought of taking a shortcut by building a makerbot first. The Thing-O-Matic works right out of the box (and about 200 m3x16 socket screws later):
Use an old iron, set at maximum temperature. Use bake sheets, fold a lot of old plastic bags in between, press hard with the iron.. The idea was also presented at fab6. Now the plastic sheet has been used on a normal sewing machine to make a small wallet. Next up: the big obligatory messenger bag with laptop pouch…
Talking about thwarting the Demo-effect. At the opening last Thursday (2011-02-17) of an exhibition of my work I tried to get about 18 of my installations up and running (not simultaneously). Most of them worked (at a second go). Good result all in all – the title ‘don’t worry, everything’s under control’ remains well chosen, be it with the intended amount of irony.
Pictures by Paul Clason:
Having recently bought a Babboe cargo bike, my workshop was littered with big cardboard boxes. What to do.. what to do.. A quick look around on the net yielded this designer of cardboard bookshelves. One hour later the babookshelf (babboekenkast) was a fact…
The shelves have been made out of double cardboard, stuffed with rolled strips:
During Fab6, the international fablab conference, the printerprinter has been presented during a session on ‘refab’ at the fablab Amersfoort. Results of the workshop, presentation slides etc. can be found on the wiki. The workshop resulted in a set of ‘house rules’ for refab in fablabs (but they equally apply to work in whatever lab you’re making stuff):
- bring your own stuff, take your own waste
- be efficient with your design and materials (limit your waste)
- be efficient with your tools (hand tools are handy too)
- make it modular, upgradable, repairable, recyclable!
- make sure you know the material you are working with
- contribute your errors and mistakes (document!)
- mark what your thing’s made of (document!)
- reuse what you can find!
- build stuff to last
The printer-printer from the previous post was shown for the first time to the public at the Gogbot 2010 festival in Enschede. In a steel shipping container a small recycled-robotics lab was created featuring ‘pix’ – the pneumatic robot desk-light and a remote controlled power-socket-with-construction-light called the ‘Color Chaser’.