faBrickated Makey LEGO Love

3D Printing & Imaging Craft & Design
faBrickated Makey LEGO Love

Join Us for a live faBrickation demo on G+ on Wednesday, Feb. 19!


Our friends over at the Human Computer Interaction Lab at Hasso Plattner Institute in Berlin, Germany made us this awesome Makey robot with movable arms and a rotating head using their soon-to-be released open source faBrikator prototyping software.  For details on how faBrickaton works, check out my interview with Stefanie Mueller and join us for a G+ Hangout on for a live demonstration of faBrickator in action.


The team used this STL model of Makey, identified the custom parts in faBrikator and only 3D printed MAKE “M” logo and the joints. If this prototype had been exclusively 3D printed, it would have taken 58 hours and 51 minutes.

By prototyping jointed Makey with faBrickator it took only 5 hours and 42 minutes. If the joints hadn’t worked properly, this approach would save a tremendous amount of time, making many iterations possible in the time it would have taken to print a single completely 3D printed model.

Join us for a live faBrickation demo on G+ on Wednesday, Feb. 19. It is scheduled for 10am PT/1pm ET and the event lists the time as 7pm CT as the faBrickation folks are in Berlin, Germany.

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Anna Kaziunas France is interested practical digital fabrication focused project documentation (anything that turns codes into things), as well as adventures in synthetic biology, biohacking, personal genomics and programmable materials.

She's currently working on the forthcoming book "Design for CNC: Practical Joinery Techniques, Projects, and Tips for CNC-routed Furniture".

She’s also the Academic Dean of the global Fab Academy program, the co-author of Getting Started with MakerBot and compiled the Make: 3D Printing book.

Formerly, she worked as an editor for Make: Books, was digital fabrication editor and skill builder section editor for Make: Magazine, and directed Make:'s 2015 and 2014 3D Printer Shootout testing events.

She likes things that are computer-controlled, parametric, and open— preferably all three.

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