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Shi En, a student maker from SUTD

Shi En, a student from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), will be taking part as a maker in the Singapore Mini Maker Faire for the first time this year and he shared with us how he actually got started.

He shared that he enjoys 3D printing, electronics, robotics, and the use of machines, and he picked up these hobbies about 2 years ago. The following are some projects he had made since then. Interesting, aren’t they?

An angrShi Eny bird:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g5rJyWopmw

8x8x8 led cube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTD9yQ7yu48

Light dance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRaF-TAy54M

Shi En first attended the Faire last year as a visitor. Earlier this year, he responded to our call for makers for lead-up events and took part at our first pop-up event at Tampines Central CC to teach participants about paper circuits. By participating as a maker this year, he wishes to inspire others to start their own projects and also get to know other makers in the maker movement.

That’s the spirit, Shi En, and we hope you get to inspire many through this weekend’s event!

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.

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.

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

3D modelling, design and printing at SMMF 14

Meka: Tricolor 3D Printing (booth)

An exhibit of a tricolour 3D printer. The user is able to print in 3 different colours or materials.

www.everyoneacreator.com

Autodesk Asia Pte. Ltd: Imagine Design & Create your world (Booth, Workshop, presentation)

Make real life 3D models whatever you dream up by simply using your smartphones, tablets or desktops with awesome Autodesk softwares & mobile apps!

http://www.123dapp.com/
http://www.autodesk.com/education/student-software
http://www.instructables.com/index

Workshop:

Make Awesome Stuff with Autodesk Fusion 360!!!

.. An Integrated Form, Function and Fabrication Experience

Quickly and easily explore product ideas in Fusion 360. Start by using simple free-form modelling 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. Participants are required to bring their own laptop for the workshop (Register)

AMAKER LLP: AMAKER 3D Printer (booth)

AMAKER 3D printer is the 1st dual ARM open source 3D printer. This assembled, easy to use 3D printer uses built-in color touch screen LCD as user interface. AMAKER 3D printer is a powerful tool for designers & hobbyists. Come stop by AMAKER’s booth to watch live demo of AMAKER 3D printer and have a chat with our team.

https://www.amaker3d.com/

QwikFab: Industrial 3D Printer for Extra-Large Projects (booth)

QwikFab showcases their pre-production large format industrial 3D printer; codename “The Beast”. Ideal for extra-large projects and short-run manufacturing, The Beast boasts an impressive 300mm x 300mm x 600mm large build volume on a dual extruder setup.

The Beast, with it’s large format nature, allows Makers to think big, dream big and create big impact onto their projects without the constraints of a small 3D printer or the fuss of joining multiple parts to create one full piece.

Equipped with dual-pinch extruder technology, built with industrial grade materials and armed with exponentially higher micro-stepping capabilities in comparison to other 3D printers, the Beast is primed to create with speed and quality.

www.qwikfab.com
www.facebook.com/QwikFab

Lucus Lim: Open Source 3D Printer demonstration. (booth)

http://justprint3d.com is brought to you by SIMPLY ENGINEERING. Basically we are members from SG-RUG [ Singapore Reprap User Group ] and we have being making 3D printers

Bio3D Technologies: 3D Printing and Bio-Printing (booth)

To introduce and explain how 3D printing and bio-printing can help the world, now and in the future.

www.bio-3d.com

Neural Cloud Computing: Delta 3d printer and SmartRap (booth)

Demonstration of the delta printer and smartrap printer for students

http://3dwest.blogspot.sg  

Lee Boon Kuey: Tiguu 3D (booth, 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.

Hands-on activities for the month of June!

Like the idea of family bonding over hands-on fun with clay, electronics, paper circuits or other activities to “wow” your children?

Leading up to the Singapore Mini Maker Faire on 26 & 27 July at Senja-Cashew CC, Science Centre Singapore has organised a series of hands-on activities since the beginning of the year. Bring your child to join us on 7 June (Saturday), 10am – 1pm, and immerse into a morning of creativity.

Interested? Sign up at https://www.regonline.sg/makerworkshop2

June SMMF

From traditional printing press to blinky circuits

Were you here with us at the Marquee, Science Centre Singapore for our first lead-up family workshop for the Singapore Mini Maker Faire last Saturday? It was an amazing array of activities and we hope you had managed to cover everything if you were here.

Check out some of the station activities that were arranged!
LED activities/ Using DIY remote buttons for Scratch software
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Learn about simple circuits by making a blingtastic circuit

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Sciencey games: Kendama
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Amaker3D: Open source 3D printing
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3D modelling and design with Henry Wong and Darren See
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Quilling and paper crafting with Priyanka Datta
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Solder your own wireframe models by Pan Yew
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Colour Me – by artist Richard Kearns
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Communicate your Science: a “Be a writer” talent hunt and children’s talk show, by Sindu Sreebhavan of Kids Parade Magazine
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If you had missed this workshop, no worries, there will be other opportunities. Do watch this space or follow us on our Singapore Mini Maker Faire Facebook Page! Remember to block your calendar for our actual Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014 which will happen on 26 & 27 July 2014 at Senja-Cashew Community Club.

Kids can hack and make too!

Students who went to the Senja-Cashew Community Club on 4th and 5th January for their Edusave Merit Bursary Awards were pleasantly surprised to walk into a hall full of activities – and very unusual activities too.

Hackidemia (4-5 Jan 14)In one corner, 3D printers were humming, printing what kids doodled on the app – doodle 3D. Kids were walking around with 3D printed flowers, butterflies and even their names. Other children took their first foray into making with electronics as they tried out Hackidemia SG’s classic offerings – Vibrobots, Zombie Signalizers and Little Bits.

Parents stood back and watched, proud and at the same time apprehensive, as kids as young as 4 tried wielding a saw and mallet at the woodworking station. Makers from different parts of Singapore and different walks of life came together with a singular goal – to instill the value of hands-on making to parents and the empowerment it gives to young children who delight in the simple pleasure of seeing and loving what they have made with their own hands.

Check out the video uploaded at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire Facebook Page!

The maker roadshow at Senja Cashew Community Club was jointly organized by Science Centre Singapore, Singapore Mini Maker Faire, Hackidemia Singapore, Silicon Straits, Simplify3D, Sustainable living Lab and Senja-Cashew Community Club, leading up to the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014 later on this year.

This blog entry has been contributed by Dr Kiruthika Ramanathan, Science Centre Singapore.

Connecting the 3D printing enthusiasts with suitable printing services

Benjamin Yeo is the founder of sourcemake.com, an online platform which aims to help those without 3D printers find one that fits their budget and time constraints. We interviewed the person behind this portal and uncover his motivation behind this initiative – Benjamin Yeo.

Benjamin felt that he is more of a consumer / prosumer that likes experimenting and hacking, rather than a maker per se. As a parent of 2 young boys and an advocate of the style of kinethestic learning, he loves exploring ideas to expose them to new ways of learning and play.

Benjamin shared that he got more serious in the area of 3D printing about a year ago, when prices of 3D printers began to dip quite a bit. He backed a 3D printer project on Kickstarter earlier this year, with the hope of designing custom made toys and working on other 3D projects with his older boy. He believes that through building and modelling structures, his son can be exposed to design concepts in his early years so that he can better appreciate the different math and sciences disciplines in his subsequent schooling years, rather than face them as mere examinable subjects. But unfortunately, the 3D printer project that he backed has delayed its delivery till now.

With no printer available, Benjamin turned to outsourcing the printing of his projects to commercial 3D printing service providers, only to discover it to be costly and time consuming for maker projects of his scale. In view of that, he decided that the best option would be to find a non-commercial 3D printer owner who can helped him in printing at the right time and requirements. With the help of peers in the maker community, he managed to find a 3D printing hobbyist who was helpful enough to collaborate with him. He also noted that 3D printer owners who helped in such projects would be able to get more proficient in their craft or even monetize their expertise through providing such printing services. Through these interactions, he discovered that there is a benefit in having a centralised platform where 3D printing enthusiasts worldwide can connect with other experts to get their printing jobs done. Just think “Zuji” for 3D printing services, where anyone with a 3D printer can be part of that platform and print for others at the right price, time and quality.

sourcemake.com is currently at its conceptual and development stage. If there is enough traction to keep the community going, he sees potential for it to grow into a platform where there would be more interactions and connections between 3D printing novices and experts worldwide, accelerating the democratisation of 3D printing activity and contributing to the global maker culture.

Benjamin will be sharing his story for sourcemake.com at the 3D printing forum on 28 Jul (10am – 2.30pm), where he will be part of a panel to discuss and share about trends and issues concerning 3D printing. If you have signed up for this forum, remember it will take place at Gallery Room, *SCAPE Level 5.

3D printing team inspired from the inaugural Singapore Mini Maker Faire

As many of you would know, there will be a 3D printing forum this year to facilitate conversations and discussions about a subject which is not totally new, but had definitely caught on a lot of attention in recent years.

The Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2013 would next introduce a two-men team who came together into a 3D printing endeavour and their efforts in the local 3D printing scene – Hanyang Leong and Jerett Koh (Funbie Studios).

About Funbie Studios

It is always interesting to learn how the Maker Faire has inspired individuals. It was revealed to us that Funbie Studios was formed shortly after Hanyang and Jerett checked out the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2012 and got interested in 3D printing, its flexibility and potential, especially in terms of collaborations.

That actually began their relatively new adventure in 3D printing, working off their 6-month old Makerbot Replicator 2, exploring prints off open source designs and coming up with their own designs.

Funbie Team

Funbie Team with their Makerbot Replicator 2

They shared that at the beginning, they will take designs from Thingiverse to test print, while they familiarise themselves with their printer and start to come up with their own designs such as a namecard holder, a CD stem to hold a CD in place on the table, and even a detailed design of a rickshaw. They use a range of designing programmes, from basic ones like SketchUp, Blender, AutoDesk 123D and Sculptris to more comprehensive tools such as Rhino3D and sometimes Processing for code-generated 3D models. Mainly, Funbie Studios focus more on collaborative projects with a design focus.

Check out their designs they shared at Thingiverse here. To Funbie Studios, sharing their designs is a way to contribute back to the online community that has helped them start up. Kudos to the team!

Their views of the local 3D printing scene and way forward

Funbie Studios remarked that 3D printing has become a hot topic lately and is being watched closely by many. They have many aspirations for the way forward.

Besides design work, Funbie Studios is active in gathering the community to come together to work with and learn from one another. This explained why they organise the bi-monthly Singapore 3D Printing Meetup to provide like-minded people with the platform to come together, share what they have been up to, enhance their knowledge in this area, and also to introduce this technology to the less initiated. One recently took place on 11 July and we heard that the response was overwhelming! This was why they were enthusiastic towards the idea of the 3D printing forum that will take place on the second day of this year’s Singapore Mini Maker Faire.

On the educational front, Funbie Studios have also been engaging students not only from the tertiary level, but also from the Secondary and Primary level! So 3D printing is going to schools too!

Multicolour cogvase that will be showcased this weekend!

Multicolour cogvase that will be showcased this weekend!

Funbie Studios has also been reaching out to work with others in the 3D printing field and the maker community to explore collaborative opportunities. Funbie Studios shared that they have been working with Shapeways (a 3D printing marketplace) and will be representing them with a booth at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire as well.

In time to come, they are also looking to create a Makerspace which is equipped with a whole suite of tools to allow the community to gather, learn from one another, make stuff and have fun in the process!

If you are keen to speak with Hanyang and Jerett from Funbie Studios, drop by their booth at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2013 at SCAPE Warehouse on 27 & 28 Jul! Hanyang will also be part of the panel for the 3D printing forum on 28 Jul, 10am – 2.30pm. Do pre-register if you are keen to join in!