A selection of links was needed to prepare this Fab Lab creation week:
A full list inventory to get your Fab Lab ready for all kind of fabrications and experiments (using Internet Archives, direct link no more available)
A simple manifesto with the few rules craftmen follows when building a new toy
Simple tutorials for various possible production in Fab Labs
A really complete tutorial, with lots of optic knowledge to learn
Some vendor where to find necessary items for Fab Lab
Great source for even more Fab Lab and fabbing related websites
Neil Gershenfeld (the author of FAB) made a fabulous presentation at TED this year to present his Fab Labs project:
It’s 18 minutes, but you learn so much that you’ll probably need to press ‘pause‘ to have the time to think 🙂
RepRap shopping website has just appear online, this is the place where we’ll be able to buy parts to begin with the RepRap project.
There are probably few people readier than me to build their 3D-printer, and only few pieces are available on the shop. The shop should be filled on regular interval, so I’ll wait another time to to order all parts to build Las Indias printer. I’ve just ordered the PowerComm board now to test the connection between the Mac and the future machine, there is probably some hacking-fun to have here 🙂
Until then, I’ve just installed RepRap java source yesterday on my computer, it’s lauching well from Eclipse if you follow the simple step-by-step instructions, I just wonder how difficult it’ll be to communicate with the external electronic board, I’ve never used any USB->Serial comm. tools before…
Fabbing might be a coming revolution: far more accessible than nanotechnology, it would allow people to have a mini-industry at home to build common objects.
In coming months, my project it to build one of these 3D printers, that will be self-replating itself to spread fabbing in few places like Toulouse, Berlin or Madrid.
I’ve discovered RepRap this weekend, it seems the best options to follow, a great community around a small budget printer (400$ is their goal).
Now, let’s get it in practice, that’s a really extended project: electronic, software, mechanic, … a lot a new skills to learn!
Call me back in a month to see if something has been built yet 🙂