Newsletter - April 2012 extra

Here is an extra edition of the Newsletter of the International Fab Lab Association preceding our regular April 2012 edition. We take this opportunity to invite you to the Fab ✱ Manchester conference and inform you about a few other projects and events. Feel free to forward it further! Deadline for the next Newsletter is Monday 16 April 2012.


  • UK: Fab ✱ Manchester conference open for registration, promo code enclosed
  • NL: 3D printing project at FabLab Zuid Limburg – Help developing a granulate extruder!
  • DE: Fab ✱ Education Bremen, 15-27 June 2012
  • DE: re:publica Berlin with many Fab Lab topics
  • FI: Open Knowledge Festival Helsinki – Call for Proposals
  • Colophon

UK: Fab ✱ Manchester conference open for registration, promo code enclosed

The draft programme of the Fab ✱ Manchester conference and European Fab Summit at Future Everything Festival has been published at

Handmade at Victoria Baths, picture BinaryApe (cc-by)

  • Thursday, 17 May at Fab Lab Manchester - Workshops on Open Source Nation (all day), Open Data Gadgets (morning), Creating Modular Art (afternoon)
  • Friday, 18 May at Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) - Full-day conference with project presentations and topics covering hacking as artistic practice, the use of Fab Labs with examples from Utrecht, Vienna and Helsinki, new developments in Fab Lab technology and an industry view on trends in making.
  • Saturday, 19 May at Victoria Baths - Building an Ultimaker in one day for Fab Lab Greece and a series of short workshops covering a wide range of topics from Autodesk’s new 123D tools, the definition of Open Design, maker networks and the role of fabbing in view of the supposed collapse of capitalism.

For the conference, a Future Everything ticket is required which can be bought through the Future Everything website at
A limited number of reduced price tickets is available for members of the Fab Lab community. The promotion code is Fablab2012 (use the yellow button at the bottom of the ticket order form to enter the code). Also, there is a very limited number of bursaries available for people with a more restricted budget, apply through the form at this URL:

For more details see the conference website at or contact the conference organizer

NL: 3D printing project at FabLab Zuid Limburg – Help developing a granulate extruder!

Ward Hupperets at Fab Lab Zuid Limburg is currently developing a new printer head for the open source 3D printers such as the RepRap, Ultimaker, Orca, etc.

Auger Extruder (FabLab Zuid Limburg)

This new extruder head (when completed and working) will make it possible to extrude with higher speed, broader material range (ABS, PLA, PE, PET...) and even the possibility to recycle plastic waste material! Ward said: “Our dream is to build a Big RepRap, which can use recycled plastic to build furniture etc., to be used in developing countries.” The extruder will use an upside down 10mm diameter screw, pulling polymer granules from a hopper into a narrow channel, where it is melted and compressed forcing it through the printer head nozzle.

The current status of the project is testing of the first prototypes. Ward asks the Fab Lab community for help. He is specifically looking for expertise and tips concerning the method of extrusion. “I’m now at the point that the project must be lifted to a more professional level, after successful primitive tests. This is the point where I can use your help! I’m searching for expertise and people who can help me with the project over the internet. Do you know anyone who could help me? I am sure there will be more FabLabs developing this extruder”, Ward said. More details on the project can be found at this URL: There is also a contact form if you want to get in touch with Ward and offer your experience and expertise.

DE: Fab ✱ Education Bremen, 15-27 June 2012

There is another Fab ✱ event in preparation, this time with a focus on Fab Labs and MINT education. Fab ✱ education takes place in Bremen and consists of a conference (15-17 June) and an exhibition with workshops that lasts until June 27th.

Paulo Blikstein (Stanford), Keimpe de Heer (Waag Society) and others will contribute to the conference. The event blog at is regularly being updated with the latest news. Rumours are that the German Fab Lab community will use the occasion of Fab ✱ education to organize a national gathering.

DE: re:publica Berlin with many Fab Lab topics

re:publica Berlin – the annual conference on the future of society and all things digital – takes place from May 2nd-4th at STATION Berlin.

Various speakers cover Fab Lab topics: Bas van Abel (Fablab Amsterdam) on “The impact of Open Design, FabLab and DIY on design thinking”, Silke Helfrich on “The Commons: how software and seeds are alike”, Michelle Thorne (Mozilla) on “Do It Yourself! Networks for DIY-Education”, Alexander Speckmann (Dingfabrik Köln) on “Das Konzept ‘DingFabrik+’” (Fab Labs as part of the urban infrastructure), Peter Troxler on “Beyond pimping: Modular, expandable, modifyable – is that what we will expect from hardware in the future?” The website of re:publica is at

FI: Open Knowledge Festival Helsinki – Call for Proposals

The Open Knowledge Foundation, together with the Fab Lab at Aalto Media Factory have just launched the call for proposals for the Open Knowledge Festival that will be hosted at the Aalto Media Factory and Aalto ARTS on September 17-22, see

Upcoming events

For the latest information, check our website at




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