First place Fab Awards winner Afate Gnikou and Koffi Jodji Honoli with their e-waste 3D printer
This week 600 people gathered in Barcelona for Fab10, a truly international conference on the state of digital fabrication and open source hardware, as well as a convention for the global FabLab makerspace network.
Fab Labs are the brainchild of Neil Gershenfeld of MIT. His vision was to build a network of standardized makerspaces outfitted with a suite of digital fabrication tools that would enable one to make just about anything. What I’ve understood from attending #Fab10 is that this list of equipment is important for facilitating the globally distributed Fab Academy – the Fab Lab network’s 6 month maker training program.
In Barcelona over 600 of these students, plus mentors, associated makers and institutions gathered this week to share and network. Fab Foundation’s Sherry Lassiter estimated that Fab10 attendance doubled from last year’s Fab9.
Exciting for me (as Program Director for Maker Faire) was to meet FabLab-originated Maker Faire producers from Rome, Torino, Barcelona, Leon (Spain), San Diego plus applicants from Cairo and Madrid. I saw evidence of Fab Lab Tulsa, which puts on the Tulsa Mini Maker Faire, and I met also with interested parties from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nice and Grenoble.
Also part of the week was the culmination of the Global Fab Awards, a digital fabrication innovation contest organized by the Fab Foundation in collaboration with the World Bank and USAID. The goal was to assemble and promote the best and most life-changing projects that have been recently developed with then Fab Lab, MakerSpace and HackerSpace community. I like that the list of completion finalists includes links to source files for each project.
Slideshow of just some of the exhibiting Global Fab Awards projects and people of #Fab10:
Laser cut badges, of course
Poppy Project, and open source robot, by Matthieu Lapeyre and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer
Next door, has to be the most amazing flea market architecture in the world
Gerard Rubio's OpenKnit.org knitting machine
Ceclia Raspanti's laser cut fashion
Fab Mirror shoes at #Fab10 by Larisa and Lidia Ratoi + Ida Chiatante
Close up shot of the e-waste 3Dprinter from Togo
Super sexy vacuform machine by Global Vacuum Press
Arduino Project's Massimo Banzi with a local BCN fan sporting a Barcelona Mini Maker Faire tshirt
The Maker Faire Rome team table - Massimo, Constantino, Cristina
Teja and Philipp of Mr. Beam - an open source, go anywhere laser cutter
The big thing just outside
FLONE workshop - DIY drone kit with on-board cell phone
Rootless - wooden bike by Enrico Bassi
Lasercutters all over the floor, making all day long
Naoki Fujimoto of FabLab Kamakura in Japan and his open slippers
Laser etching patterns on leather
Face scanner for custom 3dprinted eyewear prototype by indo
Afate Gnikou and Koffi leading a workshop on making a 3Dprinter out of trash
Start with takng it apart!
Jin Shihui and the Stigmergic Fibers Team's sprayed-felt tent
Jean's machine that uses compressed air to spray strands of wool and white glue
Momo, a simple mobile sensor device to ensure reliable access to water in the developing world
HP DesignJet and Fab Lab Barcelona's Fab Bee City Car
Spanish Maker Faire dream team: Ian / Barcelona, Cesar / Madrid, Cesar / Leon
Community Building panel: Peter Troxler, James Brazil / MADE, Sabrina Merlo (me) / Maker Faire, Pedro Pineda / Betahaus, Cecilia Tham/ MOB
In town: FabCafe - note the red laser cutter there in a cage near the espresso bar
In town: laser cut espresso experience at FabCafe
In town: Gaudi's Park Guell
In town: Amazing Gaudi sidewalks
Today’s symposium on “The Fab City” has featured future-minded engineers and designers at the edge of materials science, design and architecture. Review the complete Fab10 program here.
Gershenfeld announced this morning that next year Fab11 will go home to Cambridge, MA, and in 2016, Fab12 will go to China.