Archive for the ‘FabLab’ Category

San Diego Mayor Wants to Create a City of Makers

Friday, May 24th, 2013

While explaining his budget priorities, Mayor Bob Filner asks, “Fab Labs — have you heard of ’em?”

Why, yes Mayor, as a matter of fact, I have.



Here’s the Mayor’s full explanation of his “Civic and Urban Initiatives Program”:

Biomimicry Shoe by Marieka Ratsma and Kostika Spaho

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Marieka Ratsma


A bird’s skull inspired the hollow heel of these 3D-printed shoes by Dutch fashion designer Marieka Ratsma and American architect Kostika Spaho. They used the shape of a bird’s cranium for the front of the shoe, with the tapered beak as the spike of the heel. The lightweight and efficient structure of the hollow skull allowed the shoe to be 3D-printed using less material. Take a look!



Kostika Spaho

creative shoe

Biomimicry Shoe


I love that both the beautiful aesthetic and the structural mechanics were inspired by the same biological source. That happens a lot when engineers and designers drink from the well of biomimicry. Life’s perfect engineering solutions are often resonant with our sense of beauty.

The Mobile Fab Lab

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Working inside the Mobile Fab Lab; Mobile Lab Exterior; exterior close-up; Sherry Lassiter from CBA leads tutorial inside the Mobile Fab Lab; participant shows newly fabbed product from the tutorial.

The Center for Bits and Atoms team managed to put together a working, networked , Mobile Fab Lab in the few days before the Fab 4 Forum and Symposium started. The interior design is all “press fitted” woodwork, designed by MIT architecture students and produced in a Fab Lab. That brings us spectacularly close to the M.C. Escher-like prospect of a Fab Lab making a Fab Lab.

I believe this option might actually be the menu when the Mobile Fab Lab makes its first tour, landing for a few weeks at the home of Sustainable South Bronx. SSB’s outreach director, Dolge, painted the side of the lab shown above.

Making Almost Anything

Friday, August 24th, 2007

The range of Fab-able products I’ve seen this week has included key-chains, furniture, Lego blocks, boats and houses. Foe some insight into the latter, check out Larry Sass’s project here: His ideas will meet up with the Mobile Fab Lab to make housing for New Orleans later this year.

I’ve been expressing my desire to use the Fab Lab to give folks an open door to unfettered possibility. That door really opened for me when I understood how the Lab can be used to design , fabricate and program circuit boards. Here’s a short video showing the Modela machine printing out a circuit that we made this week…

Fab 4 Scenes

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Yuen from Costa Rica putting in a little night work on their award-winning 4×8 contest entry; Lass and the Sustainable South Bronx’s Dynamic Duo; Detail from the exterior painting of the Mobile Fab Lab; Epilog laser cutter; Netherlands Fab Lab presentation;