Pavilion of Innovation 2015 // Exhibition & Exhibitors

IAACFab Lab Barcelona, in partnership with Beyond Building Barcelona and Fira de Barcelona present the PAVILION OF INNOVATION 2015, an exhibition of select projects and prototypes as part of the international event BEYOND BUILDING BARCELONA.

The Pavilion of Innovation 2015 will present new ideas and construction paradigms emerging from international excellence in research and pilot projects, forming the basis of future buildings and cities. Novel and reactive materials, advanced digital/robotic manufacturing techniques and responsive environments are the key topics presented, towards shaping the future of the building industry.

A limited number of pioneer academic research projects and prototypes from the BEYOND | CALL FOR PROJECTS, as well as professional built projects and prototypes will be selected and exposed within the Pavilion of Innovation 2015. The aim is to offer a matchmaking space for research and innovative projects to meet construction and technology companies, constructing the bridge connecting innovation with the industry and businesses, and bringing possibilities for projects to be implemented in real world developments.


The Pavilion of Innovation 2015 will also host events such as a symposium, where pioneer architects and designers will be discussing the future technologies and innovation in construction, as well as hosting a series of educational workshops open for all professionals and students, on wearable technology, internet of things, digital fabrication, robotic construction technology, aerial robotics and more to come.

Here a look at some of the exhibitors:


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D-Shape: D-Shape is a new robotic building system using new materials to create superior stone-like structures. This new machinery enables full-size sandstone buildings to be made without human intervention, using a stereolithography 3-D printing process that requires only sand and our special inorganic binder to operate. D-Shape is a new building technology which will revolutionize the way architectural design is planned, and building constructions are executed.  By simply pressing the “enter” key on the keypad we intend to give the architect the possibility to make buildings directly, without intermediaries who can add interpretation and realization mistakes.


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HiLo, part of NEST – a flagship project of Empa and Eawag, in collaboration with the ETH Domain – allows novel materials and components and innovative systems to be tested, demonstrated and optimized under real-world conditions. In a collaborative effort, the BLOCK Research Group and the Chair of Architecture & Building Systems at the Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich have joined forces with Supermanoeuvre and Zwarts & Jansma Architects. In particular, the BLOCK Research Group is coordinating the preliminary and construction design phases.


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Silk Pavilion :Developed by the Mediated Matter Research Group at the MIT media lab, it explores the relationship between digital and biological fabrication on product and architectural scales. The primary structure was created of 26 polygonal panels made of silk threads laid down by a CNC machine. Influenced by the silkworm’s ability to generate a three-dimensional cocoon out of a single multi-property silk thread, the overall geometry of the intervention was created using an algorithm that assigns a single continuous thread across patches providing various degrees of density. A swarm of 6,500 silkworms were positioned at the bottom rim of the scaffold, spinning flat non-woven silk patches locally reinforcing the gaps across CNC-deposited fibers.

For more information visit: beyond.iaac.net




APRIL 18-19 – 2015

Arduino Basics: Inputs and outputs es un workshop dirigido a todas aquellas personas con y sin experiencia previa que quieran introducirse al mundo de la interacción física a través de la plataforma Arduino. La plataforma Arduino permite, con unos conocimientos muy básicos de programación, leer datos de nuestro ambiente mediante todo tipo de sensores como temperatura, luminosidad y utilizar estos para controlar todo tipo de actuadores como motores y luces, o nuestro propio ordenador.

El workshop será mayoritáriamente práctico y se estructurará en cuatro partes:

1. Introducción. Introducción a los principios básicos del arduino y la electrónica en general, tanto su diseño como su programación.

2.  Hands On. Se probarán i demostrarán entre todos como leer distintos tipos de sensores y como mandar esta información a nuestro ordenador para controlar distintos programas así como controlar motores, luces y otro tipo de actuadores.

3. Design and build. Se intentará que cada alumno surja con una pequeña idea para desarrollar con su arduino y se realizará su posterior desarrollo.

4. More. Se documentaran on-line todos los proyectos realizados y se demostrarán posibilidades más avanzadas de la plataforma Arduino para que los alumnos puedan seguir desarrollando sus propias proyectos en casa.

Software: Arduino / Processing / Fritzing

Ejercicio: Desarrollo de un prototipo con al menos un input y un output.

Idioma: Español e Ingles

Horarios: 10 a 14 y 15 a 18hs

Price: 180€ (IVA incluido)

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Letrero / The Wonderfood Truck

Hemos fabricado el letrero para un Foodtruck del Restaurante Leka ubicado en el barrio de Poblenou.
Este letrero debía ser ubicado en la parte superior de la caravana buscando la simplicidad para el montaje.
Primero se realizaron las propuestas de tipografía y después el concepto del letrero.
Mecanizado por corte numerico (CNC) utilizando RhinoCam
Realizado en laminas de madera (Pino) de un grosor de 40 mm.
Tamaño: 1.80 x 40 cm

Letras LEKA








Production of “The Lift”

We collaborated with VIMOD Studio for the development and production of an interactive light installation for a new emerging electronic music lounge in Mantova, Italy. The concept was to create an organic system of dancing particles illuminated by a perceived flow of energetic light. Drew Carson, a former Fab Academy and IaaC alumni, developed a modulated structure with integrated LED cells that were controlled by the frequency of the DJ set, courtesy of a custom interface programmed in OpenFrameWorks by VIMOD Studio.

The structure itself is comprised of triangulated MDF components that are faced with a cover leaf that holds the electronics. The design of the structure was created within Rhinoceros and then nested as well as processed by RhinoCAM. The sheets of MDF were milled on the ShopBot CNC. The LED cells that capture the energetic energy of the installation are frosted acrylic, which were cut using the Epilog LaserCutter. Electronics within the installation utilized two Fadecandy boards interpreting the data created within the OpenFrameWorks program and sent the signals to the right LEDs.




Fab Academy week 6: 50 shades of Hello board

This week our students had the task of taking Neil’s Hello Board design, redraw it in EAGLE and add at least a button and one LED to it. For the newbies, EAGLE is a program that helps you to design schematics and circuit boards. It comes with a series of libraries with many components, to which you can add your own, as we did with the fab EAGLE libraries.


You can see the serious (almost desperate) faces of our students while trying to work out the design of the Hello Board. Because EAGLE for beginner is no fun… It’s a nightmare. Some students described it as a Sudoku, others as a Labyrinth…

Would you believe that, given the difficulties,  we could come up with so many variations? Here some examples!


The students than went on to mill and solder their components.





These are some of our MARVELLOUS boards!


We also tried some fun things. Gabriel designed, 3d printed and soldered a battery pouch:



And Francesca cut with the Vynil cutter some copper traces, applied to the bottom layer.

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We also got on with some programming in the Arduino IDE. So all our boards blink at the pressing of a button as Lina shows us in her page.



Fab Lab Bcn Open Day + Open Workshop // Friday 13th!

Join us next Friday, March 13th to a Fab Lab Barcelona Open Day + a Open Workshop with the Machine to be Another

Open Day

Our guests will have a tour in the Fab Lab to discover the machines and techniques we use in Digital Fabrication.


Open Workshop

Participants will have the chance to experience what is like “to be another”.

Machine to be Another is an open-source interactive system designed to explore the relationship between identity and empathy through interdisciplinary performance-experiments drawing from neuroscience, VT, storytelling and performance art.

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