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!

Tiny Electronics: Workshop

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. By Gabriel Perumal

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Kids will learn how to create cute tiny little switch circuit with colourful LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) for kids they are known as cute tiny light bulbs.

Kids will learn how to program to synchronize blinking patterns of LEDs.

Details:

26th July: 11.00am-12.30pm
27th July: 10.00am-11.30am
Cost: $15/ child
To register, please contact Gabriel Perumal: chessmasterg@gmail.com

Paper Quilling, The fun way

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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. Sounds cool right! There is more!! 

All the supplies will be provided during the class including the blank greeting card/ gift tag base and jewellery supplies to convert your motif to a wearable pendant or earrings. Take home whatever you make in the workshop.

Also, get to lay your eyes on a wide collection of paper quilling projects including greeting cards, wall frames, miniatures, jewellery and an assortment of other projects.

Suitable for kids and adults alike.
Details:
Date: 26th July 2014
Time: 4.30pm-5.15pm

Date: 27th July 2014
Time: 5pm-5.45pm

Register:  https://www.regonline.sg/smmfWorkshops 

Would you like to design your own clay model character?

Mr Tay Swee Siong, an adjunct lecturer in the National Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), will be taking part at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire for the first time this year, and he will be sharing with us his knowledge on clay modelling to create more awareness about this form of art. Read on to find out more about Mr Tay.

Being a lecturer on sculpture, drawing, painting and design and having worked with a variety of mediums like wood, metal, resins and kinetic sculptures, Mr Tay is particularly interested in clay modelling, and specifically in human figurative sculpture. He shared that he has been making clay models for more than 15 years, ranging from life size human figurines to figurines as small as 20 cm and he kept some of these models at his studio. Here is a photo of an exhibition showcasing his students’ work at a library.

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At the Singapore Mini Maker Faire that will take place at Senja-Cashew CC over the weekend of 26 & 27 July, Mr Tay will both showcase some of his works at a maker booth and also conduct a workshop.

Named “Clay Modelling and Character Design”, the workshop will demonstrate the process of making a clay model character design by introducing various sculpting materials, tools and practices. Mr Tay shared that the intention to introduce sculpture to the public is the main inspiration for running this workshop.

If you are curious about clay modelling, do come by Mr Tay’s booth and find out more! Registration details for the workshop will also be out soon.

Make Awesome Stuff with Autodesk Fusion 360!!!

.. An Integrated Form, Function and Fabrication Experience

Inage source: http://gfxspeak.com/2013/06/25/autodesk-formally-unveils-fusion-360/

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.

Date: 27th July 2014
Time: 12.45pm-1.30pm
Cost: Free
Note: Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops for the workshop.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19-txEljT_wfXp738GDYZGrVV0VNlgh8CxCGHJWyVYvA/viewform?usp=send_form

Do you know “reprap”?

Do you know what is “reprap” in the field of 3D printing? Short for Replicating Rapid Prototypers, it allows self-replicating, i.e. allowing the making of components which can be assembled into another DIY 3D printer. If you are into printing your own 3D printer and you are keen to join a like-minded community, check out this informal group, SG-RUG which stands for SG RepRap User Group, initiated by Lim Soon Wei for a group of 3D printer owners who meet up once in a while to catch up on new development on each others’ projects.

20130727_131713Last year, Soon Wei and some members of SG-RUG took part at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire and showcased the “Cube 3D printer” he made. His partner Ian showcased “Rostock”. When asked about the project that he was working on, Soon Wei shared enthusiastically about a tri colour print head that he was working on. While Soon Wei is aware of the Maker Faires overseas, he did not realised that we have one in Singapore until a few months before the last Faire. His group hence took the opportunity to sign up for a booth to showcase some of the printers that they are making, hoping to interest more people in the area of “reprap”.

2014-04-08-22_49_03Soon Wei shared the challenges of juggling work commitment and running meet-ups for the group, which I believed most working individuals will face, but despite that, members do make effort to meet up regularly. Since the Singapore Mini Maker Faire last year, his group has also came together to set up an online shop “Justprint3D”! This year, they would like to showcase their new printer, the Ai3 (Aluminum i3) printer. From the last year’s Faire, he felt that there are more people becoming interested in 3D printers but are not sure how to start. SG-RUG would like to show these people how by introducing them a new design print which is easy to build.

If you are interested to be part of this community, do visit the online presence that Soon Wei has created for the community and come by the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014 to take a look at these machines yourself!

Reprap Forum
Facebook SG-Reprap

Justprint3D website & Facebook page

Who will you meet at SMMF 2014

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An upward of 200 makers will be gathering to showcase their work at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014. These passionate people will be showing and sharing the work that they have developed over months or even years. Here is a quick introduction to the Makers this year, organized loosely by categories.

Maker culture

3D modelling, design and printing

Science and Engineering

Arts and crafts

Vendors

Immerse yourselves in the Maker culture and find out about opportunities for Makers

Photo Credit: Elda Webb

HAYSTAKT: Commercializing products at crowd-determined prices (Booth, Presentation)

We’d like to present to makers and potential makers how anyone can commercialize their products through our Crowdpricing platform.

Glints: How to Sell as a Founder (Workshop)

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.

Masakazu Takasu: How to Make Education by Technology and Art (Presentation)

My name:Masakazu Takasu this crazy japanese fab-geek and Maker/Tech enthusiast. I’m a maker from japan. I love [Make:]

“How to Make Education by Technology and Art.”

Technology and arts can making a lot of fun.

Fun is most important for children growth.

It is not only fun, but also Kickstart to growth of children!

Let us use technology and art for education.

Yes,We Can!

Elda Maria Webb Vargas: The Curious Design Network (Booth, Workshop)

Hands on workshop to apply Design thinking methodologies in your projects.

Sustainable Living Lab: Making a Sustainable Future via a Kampung Culture (Booth, Presentation)

Singapore’s first Makerspace, Sustainable Living Lab, will be presenting a variety of maker projects in the domain of food, water, waste and energy. Come make with us!

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