Fab Academy Week 5 : we can scan and print you, your groceries and your garden

This week has been full of interesting experiments. Fab Lab students had to complete the task of designing a 3D object and printing it, as well as scanning other objects.

Some of us used the Roland Modela milling machine to scan small objects with the highest possible resolution, generating point clouds with 0.05 mm resolution.


But we also tried more experimental approaches, like taking pictures of objects dipped in milk, and generating black and white gifs from them, to then generate through Fab Modules an stl file ready to print, as you can see below.


And since our lab has the full set of amazing machines, and thanks to the help of the experienced Fab Lab team, some of us were also able to scan themselves using Scannect software and a Kinect attached to a Kuka Robotic arm. The arm is a lot steadier than a human arm, therefore the models generated through it have much better detail (and require lot less post-scan cleaning in softwares like Blender or Meshlab).


Free software like 123D catch also seems to give pretty good results. It is enough to take 50 pictures of yourself from different angles to generate a 3D model!


For the printing exercise students have occupied the printers almost incessantly for 5 days. Since the BCN Fab Lab has 2 Makerbots Replicator 2, a Z corp and a brand new Formlabs printer, we were able to use various techniques to produce our 3D designs. Flexible filaments such as Ninjaflex, resin and PLA have been used.

Some of the students printed directly on textiles, some replicated finely detailed bee-wax nets, some hacked respectable sculptures uploaded by the British Museum to create transitions between faces, others replicated the spraying system of a water gun, and some took advantage of the printers to create useful tools for our Lab!





Thanks to Gabriel we will never again loose the tools for the Modela! We hope to see the file on Thingiverse soon and get lots of proud Modela owners to print their own mill tools holders!

We hope to bring you some inspiring new examples of work next week, so stay tuned!

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Fab Academy Week 4: happy milling!

Our Fab students have been introduced to the Roland Modela MDX20 milling machine and to the supreme crafting art of soldering. With great powers come great responsibility… So this week we have been busy troubleshooting, troubleshooting, troubleshoooting!  

For the ones that are new to PCB boards productions, there are different techniques of getting a board done. One of these is by milling the fine copper layer on plastic pcb boards with a super fine drill bit, using Fabmodules software to create the milling path (.rml file). Other techniques include etching (with nasty chemicals), using vynil stencils and solder paste, and many other techniques that our Fab students will definitely come up with in the next weeks!




The board we produced is the FabISPan in-system programmer for AVR microcontrollers.  We had a record of 20 FabISP boards produced this week, and all working fine thanks to Local Guru Ferdi superpowers! Although to get to this result it took the whole group a lot of troubleshooting and collaboration. We had lots of different problems to solve: finding the errors in the soldering, detecting misplaced electronic components and flipped diodes, programmer errors, broken copper traces, Windows programmer incompatibility…



If you are interested in learning more about our efforts visit the individual student pages. They all produced a great deal of documentation.

Yani Ylioja has redesigned the board with an additional led to show when the board is receiving power and being programmed!

Stay tuned for updates of future weeks!




Fab Academy Week 3 : creativity with cardboard

The past couple of weeks have been busy at Fab Academy Bcn! Students from a variety of backgrounds – from arts&design, architecture and science&tech – started to play with some of the Fab Lab machines.

The Fab Academy week 3 has been very interesting. Students were asked to create a laser cut snap fit construction kit in cardboard. The design had to be composed by modular pieces that would allow the creation of a multitude of shapes.

Students used programs like Inkscape, Illustrator, Rhino, Grasshopper, Blender, Solidworks to design the prototypes. The resulting designs explored living hinges to increase the material’s flexibility, origami, chamfer design to improve the ‘snappability’ of the pieces and parametric design to make the prototype easily adjustable in case of use of different materials.






We are looking forward to see more creative prototypes from our students and we’ll keep you posted!





CALL FOR PROJECTS: BEYOND | the next boundaries of construction

IAAC|Fab Lab Barcelona, in partnership with Beyond Building Barcelona and Fira de Barcelona present:

CALL FOR PROJECTS: BEYOND | the next boundaries of construction.



BEYOND aims to bring together world class projects in the fields of research and education, in a physical and online exhibition that will be hosted within the Beyond Building Barcelona (former Construmat) fair. Beyond Building Barcelona is the largest reunion of the construction sector and associated industries in Spain, Southern Europe, Northern Africa, and Latin America.

Built projects and prototypes will be selected to be exhibited in the international event BEYOND BUILDING BARCELONA, within the PAVILION OF INNOVATION 2015.

The Innovation Pavilion in BBB 2015, curated by IAAC|Fab Lab Barcelona, will present new ideas and construction paradigms emerging from international high level research and pilot projects of excellence that form the basis of future buildings and cities.

BEYOND becomes the tool to identify the innovative projects of excellence developed within institutes, academies and other research centers, and constructing the bridge connecting these innovations with the industry and businesses.

For more information on the CALL FOR PROJECT, click here.



The Call for Projects SELECTION COMMITTEE will select a total of 15 projects, that will be invited to take part in the Pavilion of Innovation 2015 as part of the Beyond Building Barcelona international exhibition taking place from 19th to the 23rd of May, 2015.

For more information on the RULES of BEYOND, please clickhere.




To Register, click here.



IAAC|Fab Lab Barcelona @ Llum BCN

IAAC | Fab Lab Barcelona has once again had the honour of being invited to participate in the Llum BCN Urban Light Festival in Barcelona.

Join us in the Patio and participate in our interactive light installation Pluje de Llum!

Where: carrrer de Santa Llúcia, 1

When: 6th, 7th and 8th of February

PLUJA DE LLUM // Luminescent Rain

The intimacy of the existing courtyard, located at Carrer de Santa Llúcia, 1, its distinctive elements, among which the lovers palm tree and fountain, as well as the well-known tale of the Saint Eulalia, together fed the concept of Pluja de Llum.

The concept of the installation follows a mixture of the elements of the tale of Santa Eulalia, in particular her tears, transforming these into a conceptual rain. A luminescent rain, a rain of light, emanating from one of the protagonists of the courtyard, the palm tree.

When entering the courtyard, the visitor is not fully made aware of the scenography that the courtyard beholds. The internal patio area is seamed off, leaving the visitor to meander through the porch of the courtyard, and being able to perceive, through a series of small holes in the sealing of the interior patio, or snapshots, what is in fact happening: the luminescent rain falling from the central palm.

The visitor is then called upon reach up to the superior level of the patio, through a sound interaction system, finally opening them to the infinite rain of the courtyard. The visitors look down upon the luminescent rain, into an apparently infinite well – reminiscing the existing fountain -, the courtyard itself, transformed through the implementation of a reflective surface – water flooding the ground floor of the patio – making the patio finally seem never ending through the infinite reflection, as the rain of light itself.

Hence Pluja de Llum – or luminescent rain – proposes itself as the dialogue between the intimacy of the existing courtyard, as the tears of a young girl, and the proposed infinity that emerges, reflecting the perseverance of the tale of Santa Eulalia, and finally the festivities invoked by the BCN Llum festival.

This project has been developed in collaboration with:

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Talleres de Fin de Semana // Febrero, Marzo, Abril 2015

El Fab Lab Barcelona presenta su programa de talleres:

Te invitamos a nuestros talleres intensivos de fin de semana donde puedes diseñar y fabricar un producto o prototipo con las tecnologías que ofrece un FabLab (fresadora CNC, cortadora láser, impresora 3d, kuka robot, bordadora digita, entre otras).

Están dirigidos a todas aquellas personas que, con o sin experiencia previa, quieran introducirse al mundo de la fabricación digital, el movimiento maker y la interacción entre el mundo físico y el digital.

Los materiales serán provistos por el Fab Lab, los participantes podrán llevar consigo sus creaciones a casa.

Para mas información escribenos a info@fablabbcn.org

T A L L E R E S :



Participa en el taller y aprende como funciona la tecnología de impresión 3D, las distintas aplicaciones y herramientas  que existen y cual de ellas es la mas adecuada para tu proyecto.

Fecha: 21 y 22 de Febrero
Hora: de 10:00 a 14:00 hs y de 15:00 a 18.00hs
Precio: 180€ (IVA Incluido)
Lugar: Fab Lab Barcelona
Idioma: Español e Ingles






Este taller intensivo de dos días propone investigar el diseño y la producción de cerámica a través del uso de un robot como herramienta: técnica de impresión en 3D con la arcilla.

Fecha: 28 de Febrero y 1º de Marzo
Hora: de 10:00 a 14:00 hs y de 15:00 a 18.00hs
-Opción 1) derecho a realizar el curso = 200€ (sin IVA)
-Opción 2) derecho a realizar el curso + pasar 2 noches + comidas= 500€ (sin IVA)
*Descuento para estudiantes y grupos
Lugar: Green Fab Lab






Este taller intensivo de 2 dias propone construir un Twistab, un taburete compuesto de 3 piezas de contrachapado de alta densidad que se monta sin necesidad de tornillos o herramientas. Ven y fabrica tu taburete customizado!

Fecha: 14 y 15 de Marzo
Hora: de 10:00 a 14:00 hs y de 15:00 a 18.00hs
Precio: 180€ (IVA incluido)
Lugar: Fab Lab Barcelona
Idioma: Español e Ingles






Tallers pensado para niños de 8 a 13 años en torno a las potencialidades creativas de la fabricación digital. en esta ocasion, impresión 3D y escaneo.

Fecha: 7 de Marzo
Hora: 10.00 a 14.00hs
Precio: 61€ (IVA Incluido)
Lugar: Fab Lab Barcelona
Idioma: Español






En este taller aprenderemos a diseñar nuestros propios patrones y digitalizar nuestro cuerpo. Los participantes pueden desarrollar su propia ropa utilizando la cortadora láser, la impresora 3D, la bordadora digital y todos los recursos que dispone el Fab Lab.

Fecha: 21 y 22 de Marzo
Hora: de 10:00 a 14:00 hs y de 15:00 a 18.00hs
Precio: 180€ (IVA incluido)
Lugar: Fab Lab Barcelona
Idioma: Español e Ingles






Un taller que apuesta por el encuentro de la Naturaleza y la tecnología en pos de recuperar la aplicación de una sobre la otra.

Fecha: 28 y 29 de Marzo
Hora: de 10:00 a 14:00 hs y de 15:00 a 18.00hs
Opción 1) Derecho a realizar el curso = 150€ (sin IVA)
Opción 2) Derecho a realizar el curso + pasar 2 noches = 300€ (sin IVA)
Lugar: Green Fab Lab
Idioma: Español e Ingles






Inputs and Outputs – Arduino Basics Inputs and Outputs es un taller 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

Fecha: 18 y 19 de Abril
Hora: de 10:00 a 14:00 hs y de 15:00 a 18.00hs
Precio: 180€ (IVA Incluido)
Lugar: Fab Lab Barcelona
Idioma: Español e Ingles






Fab Lab Barcelona: Carrere Pujades 102, 08005, Barcelona

Green Fab Lab: Ctra. BV-1415 (Horta-Cerdanyola), km 7, 08290 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona


 WORKSHOP POSTER with arduino (Small)