Tour de France – Just cut from sprue

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It is the start of the Tour de France all over the place here in Utrecht. We are looking with a fablab eye.


Do you need a bike? Just cut from the sprue and screw.












Lowrider Sawyer, an art project by Jurgen Kuipers, as seen at Kunstliefde Gallery in Utrecht.





If you want to drive a Sawyer, you can order a full functional kit, with all parts, before they are glued and welded to the sprues. And a one page instruction sheet.

Le Tour de France – Makers were first

TdF compThis weekend the Tour de France 2015 starts in Utrecht.

Did you know the concept of a Tour de France comes from making, not cycling.

Makers were first.

Every maker has to learn how to make things: the law of practice. If possible: learn from diffferent masters in different places.

In France there is a living tradition in many professions:
Le COMPAGNONNAGE, with its Tour de France!

A Compagnon learns a craft and travels around France to different ateliers (and masters) to hone his proficiency. His Tour de France may take 4 to 6 years. So it is not just learning a craft, it is Bildung in the classical sense.

This is so unique, that Unesco has put it on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity:
“Compagnonnage, network for on-the-job transmission of knowledge and identities”

Don’t be mistaken: it is a modern concept with dozens of houses, centres de formation and a University. compagnonnageBBut it dates back to the 13th century.

At the end of his Tour de France a Compagnon will make his masterpiece, demonstrating what he learned. Many masterpieces of the past are preserved in les Musées de Campagnonnage de France.

Compagnons traditionally share their knowledge, like fablabs do. If you read french, see the basic principles of the Compagnonnage. Kind of Fabcharter XL.

Makerspaces in Libraries – new book

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Mid August the book ‘Makerspaces in Libraries’ will appear. Authors are Theresa Willingham and Jeroen de Boer.

Looking forward to see it, as its first chapter is ‘Budgeting and business planning for a librarymakerspace,’

Jeroen is the chairman of the Benelux FabLab Foundation and the driving force behind Frysklab.

ISBN-13: 978-1442252998
More details on Amazon

Tour de France @ miniFabLab Utrecht

Tdf@‘On 03jul15 all bicycles wil be removed because of the Tour de France’

Next weekend the Tour de France starts in Utrecht and will pass just in front of the miniFabLab.

As the miniFabLab sleeps two, two genuine makers/amateurs are invited to stay with us.

Because the roots of the Tour de France are in making, not in cycling.

As I will prove to you this week.


3d-scanrobot in FabLab Brainport

Daan de Groot en Maarten Beniers slaagden in juni 2015 voor hun eindstage van de opleiding Technicus Mechatronica bij het Summa College. In opdracht van Teclab koppelden zij een 3D-scanner aan een robotarm. Daarmee worden personen of objecten gelijkmatig ingescand en vervolgens geprint met een 3D-printer. Voorheen gebeurde dit handmatig, wat zelden 3D-prints van goede kwaliteit opleverde. Inmiddels zijn al veel personen door de robot ingescand bij FabLab Brainport – onderdeel van Teclab – en met een mooi beeldje van zichzelf naar huis gegaan.

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Ministers Kamp en Bussemaker bij FabLab Enschede

FabLab Enschede kreeg maandag 15 juni hoog bezoek. Minister Kamp van Economische Zaken kwam langs en bekeek de mogelijkheden van het lab.

Medewerkers van FabLab Enschede, Karin van Beurden en Ruben Timmers, gaven de minister een rondleiding en studenten lichtten diverse projecten toe. Zo illustreerden zij de verschillende speerpunten van FabLab Enschede: smart, high tech en textiel. Er werd hem een 3D geprinte virtual reality-bril getoond en hij zag hoe een met Arduino-aangestuurde stift zijn eigen hoofd tekende.

Minister Kamp kwam niet alleen naar Enschede. Ook Jet Bussemaker, minister van Onderwijs, Cultuur & Wetenschap was er. Zij legde de eerste, door FabLab Enschede op maat gemaakte, steen bij de nieuwe LEGO Education Innovation Studio.

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MAKE: magazine on Madulthood

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MAKE: magazine reports on our two American girls on their Tour de Fab.
‘Biking to 10 Fab Labs in the Netherlands’

Who also interviewed Diana at her beehives on the roof at FabLab Amersfoort.
Which provides a nice methaphor: like two bees they wander from lab to lab, creating unintended a lot of coherence in the community. Real bees are not aware of the service they provide to flowers.

Via the labs in Breda, Zeeland, Gent and Leuven, Brussels they are now on the brink of their Tour de France. Oui, comme une vraie compagnonnage (fr) (en).
They are makers on the learn, aren’t they ?

FabBus in Aachen (Germany)

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The FH Aachen has a double decker FabBus, aimed at bringing 3D printing to schools and SMC’s. They made a beautiful thing out of a 1997 Berlin bus with only 1.7 million kilometers on the counter. The bus is named ‘Wolfgang’ (von Goethe, of course).

The site in in German, but the renderings are clear. Pics of the tranformation of the bus on their facebookpage. They plan a tour trough Germany. If you are at Rapid.Tech in Erfurt 10/11 June, drop by.

Watermark by Ultimaker



Today dutch paperfactory Coldenhove had an open day today. Family-owned Coldenhove produces paper since 1661. Rembrandt might have used it. Made by hand then, nowadays huge machines produce elite quality paper.

Kids could, assisted by Peter Uithoven of FabLab Amersfoort, design their own watermark with Doodle3D. The mark was printed with an Ultimaker and then on the spot embossed in a handmade sheet of paper. In the way it was done at Rembrandts time.

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FabLearn 2015

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Call for educators on

Projectweek Stad van de Toekomst

Toddlers design and make their Town of the Future.
Update: with video in dutch.


In een projectweek De Stad van de Toekomst hebben kinderen van de Parkschool in Utrecht een maquette gemaakt van hun stad van de toekomst. Leen van Wijngaarden van De Maakschappij heeft de productie van de maquette begeleid en mogelijk gemaakt.

De projectweek werd geopend met een door de kinderen getekende mindmap waarin alle thema’s van de stad van de toekomst verwerkt waren. Van wonen tot recreatie, van infrastructuur tot groenvoorziening en van energie tot transport. De groepen zijn Read the rest of this entry »