The forgotten stories of 3D printing early adopters

“I’m beginning to think that 3D printers are very problematic”, said once my friend, a skillful electronics hacker. I added, “yeah, bonsai trees are for beginners – try to keep up a 3D printer”. What was the conversation about? I had a problem trying to make my Prusa work after a few months interval and my friend was telling me his plans of collecting materials for his own 3D printer and couldn’t find the right stepper motors. We had different problems, but we met halfway nonetheless. For me, trying to fix the past and him trying to design the future, there was this obscrue universal principle underlaying the foundation of 3D printing early adopting. I thought to myself, so this is how present happens – past connects with future somewhere on the line. The opening sentence is where past connected with future writing a soon to be forgotten story about two 3D printing early adopters.

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PLA is the new wood

PLA is the new wood
PLA is the new wood
Wood, 3D print

Made from wood:

  • natural
  • inconsistent look & feel
  • texture holds the history and origin of the material

3D printed with PLA (polylactide; printed in FDM tech.)

  • natural
  • inconsistent look & feel
  • like wood, the texture lets you quite easily recognize the origin of item

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DIY 2.0 workshop on Culture 2.0 festival in Warsaw – report

Not so long ago every time I heard about so-called culture 2.0 or citizen 2.0, the main character was the Internet and the punchline was that access to information has changed and so changed the way of how people used and produced information. When I heard about the program of a prestigious festival called Culture 2.0., I understood that maybe it’s time to focus on the utilities that make the mentioned change something obvious.

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“Zrób to sam 2.0” – pioneer DIY workshop in Poland started

DIY 2.0 workshop, day 3
The "Zrób to sam 2.0" workshops logo
The “Zrób to sam 2.0” workshops logo. “Zrób to sam” means “do it yourself” in Polish:) And who is Adam Słodowy? Only our national DIY hero:

On 27-29 May we had a quite important event here in Gdańsk (@ the City Culture Institute) – we had our own DIY workshop founded on the idea of FabLabs run by the personae of Maciek Wojnicki (A.K.A. Mananasoko), who:

Produces interactive installations and apps based on open source software and hardware. Working at the intersection of design, technology and DIY (…) creates its own projects, runs workshops and maintains both technical background and know-how for the projects of friends. (

The idea of the event was to test the concept of a FabLab in our environment via a series of workshops in scope of:

  • Basics of analog electronics
  • Creating Arduino based electronic devices
  • Programming multimedia applications based on Processing language
  • Creating Android applications
  • Arduino-PC communication
  • PC reading and visualisation of Arduino output data
  • Launching simple self-made applications on an Android mobile phone
  • Android–PC–Arduino comunnication

Seems a lot for a 3-day, 12 hour in total workshop – that’s what I thought before the event 🙂 The facts are: we really did every single one of those topics. With more or less help from Maciek, we experienced the blissful feeling of creating a responding piece of open source technology in good company 🙂

First of all – the workshop was totally free of charge and all the materials (including an Arduino per capita) were rounded up and available on the spot also free of any charge – cool. We started with very basic electronics:

-Would you like to make a mechanism that turns a little light on and off?

– Let’s do it!

And so on the following days:

– Would you like to do a  mechanism that turns a servomotor to the direction where there is more light?

– So we have written our pong game (Processing ladies and gentlemen, Processing… :)), now it’s time to make an Arduino-potentiometer controller for the puck.

A lot of maker fun but also some useful knowledge: before we started tinkering Maciek made a little presentation of what the open hardware movement is and how and by whom the things we will be using were made (and why is it OK to hack them ;)) and during the assignments we got a picked up a little theory as well.

Who are “we” in this plot? We were a highly mixed group of people with different:

  • Expectations: to make instruments, to make use in architecture, to make use in permaculture, to see how these workshops work, , to make use in design, to get basic training, to get higher training, etc. (it’s a shame I didn’t write them all down; you would really be amazed)
  • Hobbies and interests: music, physics, tinkering, cohabitats, permaculture
  • Occupation: architects, designers, wanderers, project managers, musicians, inspectors of marine waters (I believe that’s the proper translation :))
  • Practical experience with electronics and Arduino: none, some, hobby, professional

But attended the workshop to achieve the same goal, and that is learn the Arduino and  meet new interesting people with new interesting ideas.

If you ever come across an invitation to these gatherings, don’t miss out. You won’t get this kind of action on youtube DIY videos but also don’t expect a certificate at the end of the day, if you know what I mean 🙂

A good start for the workshops. What’s next for the “Zrób to sam 2.0”?  Well, there will be several more workshops, as Maciek assumes, in the next cycles the participants will learn how to build an open desing 3d printer (propably a RepRap Prusa) and a CNC and the last cycle should be dedicated to executing a project (be it for example a musical instrument) chosen by the group. Eventually, Maciek  hopes (so do I) to push this convention further and establish a model fablab environment and hopefully animate a proper fablab community.

Next coverage – workshop on constructing a RepRap Prusa during ZTS 2.0, second cycle.

And here’s a little treat for all you Fablab enthusiasts 🙂

Open Hardware Definition 1.0. ready!

Without further ado I give you great news from the  Open Hardware Summit:

Finally D-day is here! We are pleased to announce the 1.0 of the Open Source Hardware Definition.The definition has undergone a few rounds of feedback, and feedback collection has been done (online, forums, open hardware summit, stakeholder’s websites, email etc) and posted here for review. Gradually, feedback has been converging more and more, and support for the definition growing.

We would like to thank everyone who took an active part in drafting the definition, and discussing it.

Now, to move forward, please HELP:

1. Endorse the definition, post your feedback on version 1.0 on the forum and the mailing list as we work towards a 1.1 update in the next few weeks / months.

2. Take a look at the logos we are considering for “open source hardware”, give feedback or submit your own logo on the forum, in the thread LOGO.

3. Show your support of the OSHW Definition by applying the definition to your work/project/website

This is a very important step in propelling our movement forward. PLEASE FORWARD FAR AND WIDE.

Congratulations to all!

Web 3.5.

Remember the revolutionary idea of being able to download a book from web and instantly receive it? Let’s say… instead of setting yourself off on a journey to the book store and let’s say… fitting in the opening hours?

How about an idea of being able to download a physical object?


That’s how!

(oh yeah, looks like we lost web 3.0. somewhere on the way: ) )

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