Posted: Thu 6th Oct 2016

Fablab Cardiff Takes Expertise To China /
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Oct 6th, 2016

Staff from FabLab Cardiff have travelled to China to showcase, share with and promote to students and businesses the facilities available at FabLab Cardiff. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Funding from Santander’s Outward Mobility programme enabled Martijn Gommeren, Cardiff Met’s FabLab Manager and Kit Kaye, a Technical Specialist, to travel to the annual large-scale Fab12 conference, held this year in Shenzhen, where more than 1,000 worldwide Fab Labs gathered to share, collaborate, explore and fabricate. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Short for ‘fabrication laboratory,’ the network of global laboratories are linked to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and are equipped with technologies for 3D printing, laser cutting, vinyl plotting, electronics and programing to re-produce or create virtually anything. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Martijn and Kit met with staff from the University’s Beijing office and ran a design workshop with key partners there. They also visited a luxury watch manufacturer just north of Shenzhen, where 60% of the country’s export is produced. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Martijn said: “It is always beneficial to put our ideas to our peers and to hear feedback and share opinions. Every year at the conference is enlightening and we look forward to putting all we picked up into practise with our designs here.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Other tasks included designing and making a life sized Wall-E robot and discussing digitising FabLab equipment to gather data and detect faults. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Copied products that add features or functions that the original designers forgot or deliberately omitted were also analysed at great length. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

During a FabLab Cardiff workshop at the Oriental Media Center in downtown Beijing, participating students, mostly from the Fashion school, designed and prototyped wearable-technology jewellery using a simple Arduino Lilypad, batteries, LED strip and a button. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

At the conference, other contributions from FabLabs across the world included discussions on Fab2.0, where machines focus on object oriented hardware and customising tools to favour specific tasks by using existing systems and software already available in the labs. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Spotted something? Got a story? Email News@News.Wales

More from Cardiff Met University

Cardiff Met Brings Partners Together for ‘Global Education without Borders’ conference

Cardiff Met University

Mighty Met Bring Home The Big BUCS

Cardiff Met University

Cardiff Met Creative Writing Workshop Encourages Youngsters To Get Creative

Cardiff Met University

Creating Meaningful And Effective Short Breaks Through Direct Payments

Cardiff Met University

Cardiff Met Hosts International Childhood Cancer Day Conference

Cardiff Met University

Welsh Tenants Given A Platform To Voice Their Opinions On The Impact Of Universal Credit

Cardiff Met University

Latest from News.Wales

Bar in Merthyr Tydfil Seeks Extended Hours and Alcohol Sales License

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Investigation ongoing for Cardiff congestion charge, council reveals

Cardiff Council

Residents in Neath Cul-de-sac frustrated as recycling collections delayed

Neath Port Talbot Council

Powys Councillors Set to Approve £300 Million School Building Programme

Powys Council

New Food and Drink Establishment Approved in Shotton Despite Obesity Concerns

Flintshire Council

Improvement reported in air quality of Bridgend’s most polluted street

Bridgend Council