How do you tell the stories of Singapore buildings through 3D printing?

Next, we would like to introduce Shafiq Ali, an entrepreneur with his own 3D printing retail and service business, Mēkā. Are you curious about what Mēkā means? Read on to find out.

About Shafiq

Shafiq shared that he has been interested in taking things apart and building stuffs ever since he was a child, that it always give him a real sense of achievement. His fascination in 3D printing came about when he was watching a video of a Makerbot Cupcake CNC 3D printer. This has prompted him to research further into 3D printing and subsequently to decide to get involved from a business angle, hence setting up Mēkā which means Maker in Japanese. Currently, Mēkā is the custodian of the 3D Printing Materials Store in Asia and is also the main driving force behind BuiltinSG, a project supported by the NLB as part of the SG50 celebrations.

Taking part in the Singapore Mini Maker Faire

Shafiq first learnt about the Singapore Mini Maker Faire last year when he first started on his 3D printing business. He was recommended by many to participate in it, but as he was relatively new in the 3D printing industry then, he has decided to take part as an observer first.

1405249124013This year, Shafiq will be taking up a booth and will be displaying 3D printed models and playing some videos as part of the BuiltinSG project done in conjunction with SG50 Celebrations. BuiltinSG is a project to tell the story of different buildings in Singapore and the roles that they played in shaping our lives. 3D printed models will be produced to be showcased to the visitors of the Singapore Mini Maker Faire.

At the same time, he will also be showcasing the different materials that can be used for FDM/FFF 3D printers, such as Laywood, Laybrick, Carbon Fibre PLA and High Temperature PLA.

If you are interested in the BuiltinSG project or Mēkā, do drop by Shafiq’s booth and have a chat with him.

What will you learn at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014?

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Spanning arts and crafts, Science, Engineering, 3D printing and robotics, a series of workshops awaits participants coming to the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014.  So what will you learn when you come for SMMF 14?

Here is a quick breakdown of workshops by categories.

Engineering/ Science
Maker Culture
Arts and Crafts
3D Design/ printing

Need a summary of the workshops schedule? 

Art and Craft Workshops at SMMF 14

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Otterly fun with Clay
26th July 2014, 11am, 27th July 2014, 11.45am

Learn the basics of designing cute characters and crafting the idea out of clay. In this session we will make an otter and other creatures. This is the perfect hands-on session to get started on clay crafting for young and old. All materials will be supplied.$10/ participant, Suitable for young children. Register at pay on site.

Clay modelling and character design
26th July 2014, 12.45pm

This aim of workshop is to introduce practical clay modelling as a medium of artistic expression to the public. At the end of the workshop, the participant is able to sculpt a human form character design in clay. $10 per person. Register at http://www.haystakt.com/s/1844

Introduction to Tatting
26th July, 1.45pm, 27th July, 1.30pm

Tatting, is also known as shuttle lace. It involves the use of thread and shuttle to form knots to produce delicate laces. Olden day tatting was used to adorn clothings and hats. Modern day tatting has evolved to include the use of beads to create interesting effects and enhance design on dollies, edging for sleeves, scarves, tablecloth and towels, collars, bookmarks and jewellery like earrrings, necklaces, slave bracelets and ankle corsets. Beginners will start off with basic tatting techniques. Participants with basic tatting knowledge and wish to explore further are welcome. $35/ person. Register at https://www.regonline.sg/smmfWorkshops

Paper Quilling: The fun way
26th July 2014, 4.30pm, 27th July 2014, 5.00pm

Learn the vibrant and versatile art of paper quilling in this fun filled hands- on workshop. Each participant will be making motifs such as hearts, flower and leaves, butterfly etc. which can be used to make your own greeting cards, gift tags, bookmarks etc. or can be used to decorate photo frames, gift boxes, stationery and all or simply convert to a piece of jewellery. $12/ participant Register at https://www.regonline.sg/smmfWorkshops

Portfolio! Bookbinding
27th July, 2.45pm to 4.15pm

Pooja will run a workshop to create a cloth-covered portfolio for holding stationery, drawings, photographs and so forth, using luscious book cloth and beautiful Japanese Chiyogami papers. $15/ participant Register at https://www.regonline.sg/smmfWorkshops

Return to the Imperial Space – More cosmic adventures in upcycled plastic bits
27th July, 4.30pm to 6.00pm

Using found plastic, objects such as bottle tops, drinks bottles and deconstructed toys, upcycle them into works of art. The Sleeping Iron Foundry returns to the Maker Faire for more cosmic adventures in upcycled plastic bits and pieces. $10/ pax. Register at http://www.haystakt.com/s/1811

Custom Cake Topper
27th July 2014, 3.15pm

See your imagination come to life as you make your own custom cake topper and wooden dolls. Learn the basics in designing, crafting and painting cake toppers and wooden dolls. Have a delightful afternoon of hand-making goodness! All materials will be provided. $30/ pax. Register by leaving a message with Little Craft Loft.

Workshops on 3D Design and printing

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Do you want to build your own 3D printer?
Saturday 26th July 2014 and Sunday 27th July 2014 (This is a two full day workshop)

This Singapore Mini Maker Faire, Tiguu3D is conducting a 3D printer build workshop. Join us on 26th and 27th July to build a RepRap 3D printer that you can bring home. Cost: $800 per printer. Recommended for 2-3 participants to form a team to build a printer. Register your interest at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Jwz-UgLRRcZl45tBAzZX_YGWQvdvWww635KiLfePIGc/viewform

Make Awesome Stuff with Autodesk Fusion 360!!!
Sunday, 27th July: 12.45pm

Quickly and easily explore product ideas in Fusion 360. Start by using simple free-form modeling tools to get just the right shape, or take a shortcut and seamlessly pull your existing data into your Fusion 360 project. Engineer and test it for function. Then prepare it for manufacturing by using the 3D printing utility. Free, Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19-txEljT_wfXp738GDYZGrVV0VNlgh8CxCGHJWyVYvA/viewform?usp=send_form

Workshops on Maker Culture

Design Thinking for Makers
26th July, 1.00pm, 27th July, 10.00am

During this workshop I will share with the participants what and how to apply design thinking principles in a series of small projects that we will be creating together.  Making is a non-linear process and is important to understand the challenges that will be along the way to be successful. We will divide the workshop in 3 parts
– Meaning of making and the importance of empathy.
– I want to be a maker, but how do I start? Exercises to help define, ideate, prototype and test ideas.
– The importance of feedback and sharing in the making process.
$10/ person, Register with the.curious.design.network@gmail.com

How to sell as a founder
26th July, 3.30pm to 4.15pm
When it comes to running a business, selling and growth hacking is arguably the one skillset closest to keeping lifeblood of the company running. Yet for such a vital skill, it is almost unbelievable how many opposing dogmas there are, and more importantly, how many founders actually neglect it.

Based on more than $1 million and 12 years of research, the SPIN selling strategy is one of the most research-backed sales methodologies. More than being rigorously-tested, it is also the gateway to a customer-centric approach to product development.

This workshop will teach you the actionable core of this strategy, as well as various growth hacking tactics.  $20 per person. Register at https://www.regonline.sg/smmfWorkshops

Engineering and Science Workshops at SMMF’14

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Tiny Electronics
26 July, 11.00am and 27th July 10.00am

Teaching kids the wonders and magic of electronics. To teach them the fundamentals of Electronics through basic breadboarding  using our cute tiny little electronic kits and also basic programming using the Arduino. Suitable for children 6 and up (Parents are welcome to sit-in and learn). $15 per child. Register via email with chessmasterg@gmail.com

Make your Own plant press
26th July, 2.45pm

Come and join us in this workshop, and you would learn not only how to align pieces of wood and drill holes but also how to press, dry and mount specimens. You would also pick up tips on leaf rubbing. Participants will get to bring back their very own plant press. In addition, a set of colour cards will be given to each participant, for them to further explore the art of leaf rubbing at home. Suitable for children 6 and up (Parents should accompany the child). $30/ parent child pair, inclusive of all materials. Register via https://www.regonline.sg/smmfWorkshops 

Make your own microscope from a Webcam
26th July, 4.30pm

Do you want to make and have your own microscope? Akbar from Hackteria will be teaching you the mechanics and the inner workings of making this microscope in the workshop. You can also buy the kit and make one yourself there! Join us and have fun playing with microscope! Suitable for children 8 and up (with parental accompaniment).  $25/ microscope, inclusive of all materials. Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cgWFZhVPvPvSf0afvcyzMlskrrJ9pkDd4-Ss3suLED4/viewform. Payment to be made on site.

Make a Roly Poly Toy
26th July, 6.15pm

Ever tried creating your very own toys using recycled materials? Come to “Make Your Own Roly-Poly” workshop at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014, where Mr Ng Pan Yew will show you how to make roly-polys! Suitable for children 6 and up (Parents are welcome to sit-in and learn). $8/ participant Register at http://www.haystakt.com/s/1795

Make your own Kaleidoscope
27th July, 11.45am

Mr Ng Pan Yew will show you how to make Kaleidoscopes! All participants will have the opportunity to put their hands-on skills into good use, make attractive kaleidoscopes, and keep the toys that they have made. Join Mr Ng Pan Yew in applying science concepts like reflection to making your own toys! Suitable for children 6 and up (Parents are welcome to sit-in and learn) $8/ participant. Register at http://www.haystakt.com/s/1796

Lights, Wands and Sensors
27th July, 1.45pm

Build a Wand – kids (and adults!) will be able to build an LED magic wand using just paper, paper clips, copper tape, an LED, battery, and lots of scotch tape. By building the wand, kids will learn simple concepts around what makes a circuit. Perform Magic – everyone could then take their wands, and by dipping them into 4 magic hats (equipped with light sensors), trigger different spectacles. The mapping between light sensors and interactive output was powered by our ConnectAnyThing prototype based on Galileo. Suitable for children 6 and up (Parents are welcome to sit-in and learn). Free. Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13s3iEXZBDH4dphpVP7uvM07lgmHPRZKV_hedo5C1cd8/viewform

Make a microscope this SMMF 2014

Do you want to make and have your own microscope? Akbar from Hackteria will be teaching you the mechanics and the inner workings of making this microscope in the workshop. You can also buy the kit and make one yourself there! Join us and have fun playing with microscope! The microscope you make can be used to view fabrics and even plant cells.

Details:
Date: 26th July 2014
Time: 4.30-5.45pm
Cost $25/ person (And you get to take back the microscope)
Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cgWFZhVPvPvSf0afvcyzMlskrrJ9pkDd4-Ss3suLED4/viewform. Payment to be made on site.

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Introduction of speaker, Nur Akbar Arofatullah
Akbar is the Co-founder of Lifepatch, a citizen initiative in Art, Science and Technology, which is part of the Hackteria network. Akbar also works as a researcher in Universitas Gadjah Mada, Department of Biotechnology, Laboratory of Microbiology, focusing on agricultural research.

Background

After attending a workshop held by Hackteria to make a webcam microscope in the Laboratory of Microbiology, Faculty of Agriculture, Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta., Akbar decided to make one himself when he saw that the body of the microscope in the laboratory was damaged. The result was a reinvented DIY Webcam Microscope with a casing that allows fine-tuning of the focusing on the microscope samples. Akbar holds many webcam microscope workshops in Indonesia, Yogyakarta, from kindergarten to Senior High Schools. He advocates learning among the young through building and experimenting. He has also made many other affordable laboratory equipment including a Gel Electrophoresis Box, Temperature Logger, Laminar Flow hood, Magnetic Stirrer, Vortex Mixer and Horizontal Shaker.

From sunlight to circuit boards – The art and science of print-making

ArtScience Museum will also be participating at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014. You will expect to see works by designer Pradeesh Lal, creator Leon Lim and ArtScience Museum’s team of trained Docents who implement and execute activities and events for the Museum.

Pradeesh Lal

New Picture (3)Pradeesh is a designer whose areas of focus include Architecture, Industrial Product Design, Precision Mechanical Design and Illustration. He was the Co-founder and Creative Director at Revente India, an India based firm working in diverse fields of Architecture, Design, Construction and Property holdings. In addition, he worked at Temasek Polytechnic as a Design Engineer at the Robotics and Automation Center, before co-founding Blokko, a start-up that is working on developing 3D printing platform targeted at kids.

His philosophy is to try making life less complicated with his expertise in the mentioned areas. Pradeesh finds romance in architecture because of the effect it has on people and the effect people have on it.

One of the hardest challenges is the search for your own creative confidence, for it can be elusive. However he advices to trust yourself to do what you want.

Pradeesh will be conducting a 3D printing activity including doodling with 3D pens and printers.

Leon Lim

New Picture (4)Leon Lim is a person who likes to create and make stuff. He enjoys creating both hardware and software, often trying to marry the two together. He messes around often with the Arduino platform which is what got him started with electronics again. His latest project includes creating wearable tech with Arduino Lilypad. Besides being in the maker community and using Adobe software for about 20 years, he also contributes to the Adobe user group in Singapore. The various hardware and software that he made for his company work to increase productivity and make life easier for the world.

Leon will be demonstrating “Touch & Print”, an assembly of art, science and technology. Visitors can expect to see a demonstration of PCB printing and etching and try their hands at doing it themselves. In addition, they can also design artwork that can be heat transferred to different materials such as T-shirt, fabric or metal.

Docent team, ArtScience Museum (Painting with Light: Cyanotypes)

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ArtScience Museum’s team of trained Docents come from a range of interesting backgrounds, including art, design, education, engineering and social work. They implement a busy and varied range of activities and events with families, schools, adults and other groups on a daily basis at ArtScience Museum. As this includes photography, architecture, and whatever subjects are being presented through the touring exhibition programme, there is never a dull moment! The Docent team is therefore expert at absorbing information fast and presenting it clearly and in an accessible way for everyone.

The ArtScience Museum Docents will be running the Cyanotype workshop where visitors can learn about one of the oldest photographic processes.

Guest Makers

Besides these makers, do look out for guest appearances by some makers throughout the two-day Singapore Mini Maker Faire.

Vendors at SMMF 14

Robot R Us
Robotics components. Controllers, sensors, prototyping products..

Effectual Devices LLP
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 and 3rd party sensors, MakeBlock DIY Robot Kit, Electronic prototyping and modules for makers and DIY enthusiasts. Educational workshop for children.

MarketAsia Distributors (S) Pte Ltd
Books and magazines, Including Make Magazine

Tertiary Infotech Pte Ltd
Filaments, 3D models

Dream Catcher Technologies Pte Ltd
DIY Arduino Kits, Motor kits and other Educational kits for children

Cytron Technologies Sdn Bhd
Arduino Shields, kits and robot parts, Rero

Volunex Pte Ltd
3D Printers

ideaPrinter
3d printer @ ideaPrinter

Annikken Pte Ltd
With Annikken Andee, you can now expand your smartphone’s abilities to monitor and control things in the physical world! Designed for the widely popular Arduino platform

One Maker Group
Pre-registration/membership to the prototyping lab@National Design Centre. In addition we will also introduce & promote products made by DIY makers.

BlinkyTape
We’ll be demonstrating and selling the BlinkyTape, along with some small, limited edition soldering kits that we are prototyping. Here’s a description of the BlinkyTape:

BlinkyTape makes LEDs simple to use by including everything you need in one small package, including 60 full-color, independently addressable LEDs and an Arduino-compatible microcontroller. Making your own custom light sequences is as simple as plugging it into your computer and running our cross-platform drawing program called Pattern Paint. For more advanced users, it’s also possible to send light sequences to it in real time, for fun disco lighting, data visualization, and more! Check out our booth for a demonstration of the BlinkyTape and other fun LED projects.

DeCONSTRUCT – How Nishant shares his tinkering passion with his peers

Nishant is an 18-year-old student from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and he will be participating as a maker at the first Singapore Mini Maker Faire Education Day that will happen at University Town (National University of Singapore) on 19 July together with other student makers.

He shared that he liked to take things apart since he was young and he thanked his parents for being very supportive of him, although he admitted that he is still chided for making a mess and damaging the floor and other household objects in the process of his tinkering. His parents also make sure that he tinkers within safety limits, though he admitted that he still tries to challenge the limits at times. Well, that sounds totally characteristic of a maker, doesn’t it?

Tinkering challenges

Nishant shared that he has always worked with minimal tools. Although he would have appreciated more tools, he feels that it has taught him how to make do, which is actually a good chance to innovate! Nishant also shared that tinkering had affected his school work a bit when he was building a Tesla Coil in Secondary 3 but he does not regret that because he really love what he did and he is glad to have done it. Well, the important thing is to learn through experience and manage things better the next time round!

Sharing this hobby with peers

Nishant thought it would be great to share his tinkering hobby with other people. A lot of his friends find Science boring and do not see the purpose behind what they learn. Nishant feels that most people will not see the purpose unless they are shown the possibility of application of what they learn. He cited the case of his friends who were not particularly interested in the details of things even though they thought it cool when he built a Tesla Coil in school when he was in Secondary 3. Hence, he thought a hands-on session might make a difference, and it would make people learn in the process of creating.

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From left (standing) – Yun Da, Nishant, and Gabriel (Organisers of DeCONSTRUCT)

He decided to run an event with two other friends, Gabriel Tan and Lee Yun Da, to let his fellow schoolmates take things apart and make something new from the parts, and in the process they will be able to apply Physics, design and electronics. The event was DeCONSTRUCT and it was a collaboration project between ACS (Independent) and Science Centre Singapore, run by Nishant. It was not all pink and rosy initially. He had a tight timeline to advertise the event to his fellow schoolmates and was worried about a meagre sign-up, although it picked up towards the end. After the three-day tinkering workshop, he was glad it was a success, with many participants giving him encouraging feedback after the event. One participant wrote to him, “It’s such an eye opener for me. I never liked Physics although I’ve been studying it for 9 years. It is only today that I realise how wide is its applicability and how far your imagination can stretch. I will re-approach Physics from a new perspective now”.

With the success of this year’s event, Nishant hopes to bring DeCONSTRUCT to other schools as well, so that other students can also get to experience it. Sounds like a great plan!

We wish Nishant all the best with his tinkering endeavours and hope he can continue to inspire his peers and make a difference! Catch Nishant, Gabriel and Yun Da at their booth at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire Education Day on 19 July at University Town, NUS!